What is our current community need?
Each year, thousands of children cross our southern border alone in search of safety & security. Between 15-20% of them are under the age of 13 and make their journey across the border to be reunified with parents or caregivers. The migrant journey is a long and difficult one, particularly for a child. Their journeys remind us of the ones our own families have taken and the importance of community and compassionate outreach.
The Nueva Esperanza Welcome Center
The Welcome Center will serve as a safe and welcoming space for children arriving in Arizona who are placed in our care. This space will be the hub out of which all services are offered. Foster parents will drop off and pick up the children here daily, and the kids will be immersed in a school that fosters curiosity and wonder. For some of them, this will be the first school they have ever attended. In this new building, they will also receive clinical services like counseling/play therapy and will meet with case managers who will walk with them through the process of being placed with their sponsor (usually a family member) here in the United States.
Nueva Esperanza Building Design Inspiration
The building design concept for the Nueva Esperanza Building was inspired by the program, site, climate, solar orientation, and the simple utilitarian building forms of agricultural and industrial buildings.
Red Development, Oakland Construction, Nelsen Partners, and Neighborhood Ministries team have partnered to create a new building on the existing Neighborhood Ministries campus that will provide offices, classrooms, and temporary housing for the Nueva Esperanza program.
The new building will be built on the site of a former industrial metal storage building previously used for storage.
The new building connects the existing silo building, the recently completed new Diamondbacks Playground for ages 3-5, and the proposed new infant and toddler playground.
The Nueva Ezperanza Building will replace the former metal building located next to the completed Diamondbacks playground and newly renovated Classroom and Silo Building.