La Casa de Maria y Marta

An Intentional, Healing Community

San Antonio Mennonite Church operates a hospitality house named La Casa de Maria y Marta for asylum seekers recently released from detention. La Casa provides a place for immigrant families to rest, recover, and receive the support of a loving community while they discern their next steps.


Families can stay with us for up to a month. During that time, we provide them with physical necessities (food, clothing, shelter, and medical care), as well as opportunities for mental and emotional healing and connections to outside services. La Casa is also an intentional community for our entire congregation. Volunteers stay at La Casa for up to six months to serve other families, participate in loving community, and find a place of respite and healing.



There are several ways to plug into our ministry through serving La Casa de Maria y Marta. 

Opportunities include one-time, short tasks or donating blocks of time as available. Some examples of tasks are as follows: sorting and organizing donations*; gardening and landscaping*; grocery shopping*; meal delivery for new arrivals*; deep cleaning inside of house, childcare, transportation. Proficiency in Spanish, French, Portugese, or Haitian Creole is very helpful although not necessary to volunteer.

* no-contact option


Donation Opportunities


Immediate Needs: 

  • Baby boy/girl clothes (18 months and younger, gently used)

  • Men's shoes and flip flops (small and medium)

  • Women's flip flops (small and medium)

  • Men's athletic shorts and sweats (small/medium)

  • Women's stretch pants and leggings (capri and ankle, small and medium)

  • New underwear and socks for any age/gender (packs of 2-3)

  • Storage bins, containers, and baskets


Ongoing Needs

  • Childrens Toys

  • Bicycles

  • Clothing (All Ages and Sizes)

  • Warm Coats/Jackets (All Ages and Sizes)

  • New Underwear (All Ages/Genders) 

  • Shoes (All Sizes, All Types, especially Chanclas) 

  • Toiletry Items

  • Cell Phones 

  • Cell Phone Chargers

  • Arts and Crafts Supplies

  • Packs of Toilet Paper

  • Packs of Paper Towels 

  • Twin Bed Sheets (Full Set) 

  • Full Bed Sheets (Full Set) 

  • Queen Bed Sheets (Full Set) 

  • Pillow Cases

  • Twin, Full, and Queen Blankets

  • Tablecloths (X Long)

  • Lightbulbs

  • AA Batteries

  • AAA Batteries


How to Donate 

No-contact delivery to La Casa de Maria y Marta or to the church building recommended.

Contact Denae Gerasta at 210-602-1495 (call or text) to set up a time/location.