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 Fiscal Year 2015 (July 2014 - June 2015):

Client Services Educational Services
Health Services Immigration Legal Services

14,492 total client visits

427 adult students enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes

1,438 primary care walk-in visits and appointments for uninsured immigrants

244 work authorizations obtained; 71 green cards attained 

5,295 immigrants served

98 youth students enrolled in ESL classes

869 total clinic patients seen

655 low cost legal consulations provided

153 parents of unaccompanied children assisted with family reunification 

21 students enrolled in citizenship classes; 25 students enrolled in citizenship classes 

114 total dental patients seen

700 open cases on average


Upcoming Events at Esperanza 

Esperanza Center is now offering Spanish Classes!

Help support the Esperanza Center through our Eats for Good Campaign!

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

For Volunteers - Annual Volunteer Appreciation Thanksgiving Luncheon - November 20th; 1:00 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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Our Stories

“I’ve never been called a rock star before” A couple of years ago, attorney Wade Wilson decided to share his talents by doing pro bono legal work. What he didn’t know at the time is that he’d end up doing his volunteer work at the Esperanza Center.

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