Esperanza Center


Esperanza Center

Esperanza Center works to provide immigrants with healthcare, social services, referrals, language classes, and immigration legal services.

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On any given day, there’s a lot going at the Center. Last year, the Esperanza Center Client Services staff at the information desk on the first floor welcomed and assisted 2,209 people. The staff and volunteers in the large classroom teach English language, computer literacy, and citizenship classes. On the second floor, our medical and dental volunteer physicians offer primary health and dental services to adults and children. And on the third floor, our legal providers advise and represent individuals on an array of life-changing immigration legal issues.

Those who come to the Client Services area get information on how to enroll their children in school, how to apply for a mortgage, how to find housing, and how to open a checking account to pay their bills. They can have correspondence translated and explained, and much more. Most importantly, they are warmly welcomed by a friendly person who speaks their language.

In order to learn English, people come to the scheduled English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, or drop-in as time permits to complete the curriculum.  They take classes that focus on exactly what they need for their jobs, for food shopping, for conversing with their neighbors, or for handling money.  Sometimes they come to the Center just to practice their new language skills with a friend.

At the Esperanza Center Health Services Clinic, people who are uninsured or uninsurable are compassionately cared for at the walk-in clinic four days a week, or they can make an appointment to see a doctor, dentist, or specialist. A baby screaming with an ear infection doesn’t have to suffer needlessly or end up in the emergency room. People with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, can get a diagnosis, control their disease, and avoid serious, high-cost complications.  Children get the vaccinations they need to attend school. Words cannot explain the impact that kindness and care can have on a person’s well being.

And finally, individuals and families facing life-altering situations receive legal advice about their immigration matters from people who truly understand.  Our staff assists with all matters in the immigration legal field, including petitions for family members here or abroad, refugee and asylum applications, executive orders such as Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and support for victims eligible for U-Visas.


Our regular business hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm 
We have evening ESL classes Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Please note that we offer no other services in the evening. 

Upcoming Events

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Our Stories

Shout-out to ILS' Pro Bono Attorneys! Esperanza Center is grateful to the attorneys that have volunteered their time to take on clients, pro bono, in addition to their own caseloads. Thanks for all you do!

Jermin Laviera's story on WYPR “The Lines Between Us” is a thought-provoking series that airs each Friday on WYPR. On October 17, we heard the story of Jermin Laviera, an immigrant from Guatemala who came to Baltimore in 1987. Jermin learned English in classes at Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Center (then known as the Hispanic Apostolate), and 25 years later she is still an employee there.


Featured Volunteer  Opportunities

Volunteer  Opportunities

Title: Attorney (Immigration law) - Esperanza Center
Type of volunteer needed: Individuals

Title: Law Clerk / Paralegal - Esperanza Center
Type of volunteer needed: Students, Individuals

Title: Tutor / Teacher - English as a Second Language (ESL)
Type of volunteer needed: Students, Individuals