Casa de Misericordia is a domestic violence program that offers survivors emergency shelter and long term
support such as counseling and educational classes. Our Mission is to empower survivors of domestic violence,
the accountability of the batterer, and a commitment to work with the Laredo community.
Every summer, Casa de Misericordia hosts a youth summer camp whose purpose is to create a safe, fun, and
educational experience established specifically for children exposed to domestic violence.
Camps last half a day, where both breakfast and lunch are provided by the Laredo
Independent School District Summer Food Program. We believe it is important to create these
opportunities for youth survivors as it allows us the opportunity to continue providing support and
educational awareness. This year we provided these services through our camps to over 160 kids.
At the end of the school year, many families are ready to travel to new and exciting places. However, the
reality for most of our families is that they do not have this opportunity; by hosting our summer
camps with fun filled activities and outings, children are able to create new memories that can be shared
with others when they go back to school. The effects of domestic violence on survivors can be profound and
long-lasting. The activities that take place throughout summer camp can also provide therapeutic and emotional
benefits, helping youth survivors decrease anxiety and cope with trauma.
This summer, our adolescents had the opportunity to visit The San Antonio Viejo Ranch, part of the East
Foundation in Hebbronville for an “Agriculture Field Day”. Different activities throughout the
day included learning about wildlife with the Texas Game Wardens and Masi Mejia, an educator for the East Foundation.
They also learned about conservation, and even participated in a scavenger hunt. Our youth group especially enjoyed this
outing because they liked being out of the city experiencing real ranch life.
Other outings that took place this year was a visit to Pla-Mor Family Entertainment Center where kids got to
bowl with their friends and play arcade games. A visit to the Texas Travel Information Center afforded them
activities presented by the Webb County Fire Department, the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Center,
and Lake Casa Blanca and Birder’s Society. In addition, our adolescents were excited to see” Spider Man–Far
From Home “ at the Cine-mark Mall del Norte, complete with popcorn and drinks with their movie.
The last Friday’s of camp are used to bring together all the youth participants for a summer celebration
that continues to support socialization, bonding, and teamwork skills. Participating in different interactive
games and activities, eating delicious food and drinking aguas frescas, they also enjoyed the water slides and
winning prizes. At the end of the camp, they were presented with a certificate of participation in our program,
a school backpack filled with school supplies and a voucher redeemable for new shoes.
The Childhood Domestic Violence Association estimates 5 million children witness domestic violence every year.
We thank all those who support our efforts and all our donors who year after year make many of these activities a
possibility for our youth.