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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The Esperanza Center is a comprehensive immigrant resource center that offers hope and essential services to people who are new to the United States. Immigrants from all over the world have received important resources and compassionate guidance at the Esperanza Center since 1963. Our dedicated staff and volunteers provide services and referrals, ESL education, healthcare, and low-cost immigration legal services to thousands of immigrants each year. 


Our regular business hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 2:30 pm 

Evening ESL classes: Monday through Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.**Please note that we offer no other services in the evening. 

Esperanza at a Glance 

Our services are offered through four distinct programs (below). Here is what each program achieved in FY2014 (July 2013 - June 2014):

Client Services ESL Health Services Immigration Legal Services

3,000+ immigrants seen for the first time

603 students enrolled in English as a Second Language classes

2,687 primary care walk-in visits and appointments for uninsured immigrants

241 work authorizations obtained; 475 clients successfully represented in administrative proceedings

2,245 translations, forms, and letters completed

124 students attended more than 20 hours of classes 

248 women seen for gynecological appointments 

539 low cost legal consulations provided

448 parents of unaccompanied children assisted with family reunification 

19 students enrolled in citizenship classes; 27 students enrolled in citizenship classes 

403 dental visits, including both adult and pediatric patients

973 individuals benefitted from expert knowledge about immigration from 23 presentations across Maryland 


Upcoming Events at Esperanza 

Monday at the Movies! - October 19th; 6:00 pm

Immigration Legal Services Open House - October 28th; 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Esperanza Center in the News 

John Fritze | The Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks | The Baltimore Sun

Trang Do | ABC News

Sheilah Kast & Jamyla Kay | WYPR

Bret Jaspers | WYPR

Christopher Connelly | WYPR

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Are you a bilingual Nurse Practitioner? We have a great career opportunity here at the Eserpanza Center and want to hear from you. --Learn more--

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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