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The Hope House Family

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Mrs. Melissa Juarez became the full-time Executive Director in April 2012. Melissa has a Bachelor of Science Degree, is a former school teacher and was the coordinator of the local Natural Family Planning Office. Melissa is responsible for the daily operation of our ministry.


Ms. Melinda Baker, MPA has a Bachelor of English Degree and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Melinda was our Executive Director from 2001 through 2009 and continues to serve as our Grant Administrator, Consultant and Senior Staff Advisor.

Mr. Raymond Reeves, Board Chairman, also serves a volunteer Chief Executive Officer and manages the overall operation of the ministry. Raymond has been a Volunteer for Hope House since 1987 and Chairman since 1997. Raymond is a retired Mechanical Engineer from the Corpus Christi Army Depot and an active member of his church and the community.


Mrs. Robin Perrone, President of Perrone, Trigger & Associates, P.C., is the Financial Advisor and CPA for Hope House. Robin has been a Volunteer for Hope House for over thirty years. 

Ms. Debra Arsuaga became the Director of Client Services in 2014 and serves as the Case Manager for our residents and clients. Debra has been with Hope House since 2012.


Ms. Sandra Lerma is the Senior Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) Case Manager since 2015, providing services for Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Client Assistance. Sandra is also the Life-skills Training Coordinator.

Mr. Michael Heras is a Homeless Prevention and ESG Case Manager and has been with us since November 2020. 

Mrs. Vanessa Seballez, Ms. Elessa Gonzales and Ms. Kasey Walters are Client Services Advocates.

Ms. Meranda Garza and Ms. Amber Amador are receptionists and donation facilitators

Ms. Jessica Cruz and Ms. Hannah Reyes serve as House-Monitors that reside part-time at our Faith Home Shelter to provide after-hours supervision and guidance for the residents at our four (4) shelter buildings.


Volunteers assist our staff with the 24-7 operation of our ministry, community outreach programs and serve as pregnancy counselors. Board members and advisors volunteer their time as administrators, fund-raising, grant writing, supervision, accounting, professional services and coordination of renovations and repairs.

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