Casa de Paz began in 2012 as a small, one-bedroom apartment offering hospitality to families separated by immigrant detention. Our work has always been to host families whose loved ones are being detained and individuals who have been recently released. In 2017 we moved into a larger, rented house with more space so that we would not have to turn people away.

Today, Casa de Paz provides visits and emotional support, shelter and meals, access to phones, WiFi, computers and transportation. Detention is a difficult time that tears families apart and creates a financial burden, so we have always offered our services free of cost. Since we first opened our doors we’ve hosted over 2,300 immigrants from thirty countries and the need only continues to grow.


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Our Mission

Reunite families separated by immigrant detention, one simple act of love at a time.

Our Vision

Contribute to the peace and stability of immigrants in the United States.

Our Values

  • Love
  • Hospitality
  • Respect
  • Justice

Our Team

Several years ago Sarah Jackson went on a trip to the US/Mexico border with a humanitarian aid organization working on immigration issues. She spoke with people who had been deported, learned about people’s reasons for migrating and heard the dangers they face in doing so. She saw first-hand families being separated.  Then she returned to Colorado and couldn’t return to her normal life after this experience. She decided to do something about it because she believes families should be together. So she opened Casa de Paz.  To keep the doors of the Casa open, Sarah started Volleyball Internacional. 100% the profit from the volleyball league is donated to the Casa and used to pay the operating expenses.  Sarah’s hope and prayer is to help ease the isolating experience of immigrant detention, one simple act of love at a time.

Several years ago Sarah Jackson went on a trip to the US/Mexico border with a humanitarian aid organization working on immigration issues. She spoke with people who had been deported, learned about people’s reasons for migrating and heard the dangers they face in doing so. She saw first-hand families being separated.

Then she returned to Colorado and couldn’t return to her normal life after this experience. She decided to do something about it because she believes families should be together. So she opened Casa de Paz.

To keep the doors of the Casa open, Sarah started Volleyball Internacional. 100% the profit from the volleyball league is donated to the Casa and used to pay the operating expenses.

Sarah’s hope and prayer is to help ease the isolating experience of immigrant detention, one simple act of love at a time.

Oliver, originally from West Cameroon, joins our team as our full-time Casa host. He has a positive attitude, easy-going nature, a desire to make others feel comfortable and of course a big, beaming smile! He is a joy to be around.  In exchange for free room and board Oliver helps out in the evening hours with our guests and volunteers. He truly cares about each and every person that passes through our home. One of the things he does to make our guests feel welcome is by preparing homemade meals that are incredibly delicious.  Oliver currently is a team lead for the cleaning crew at the hospital. In his spare time he plays in table tennis tournaments and is the reigning champion in Denver! You would never know about his many victories because he’s so humble. But don’t let his quiet demeanor fool you—he’s a competitive athlete with a desire to do his best… and he always does.

Oliver, originally from West Cameroon, joins our team as our full-time Casa host. He has a positive attitude, easy-going nature, a desire to make others feel comfortable and of course a big, beaming smile! He is a joy to be around.

In exchange for free room and board Oliver helps out in the evening hours with our guests and volunteers. He truly cares about each and every person that passes through our home. One of the things he does to make our guests feel welcome is by preparing homemade meals that are incredibly delicious.

Oliver currently is a team lead for the cleaning crew at the hospital. In his spare time he plays in table tennis tournaments and is the reigning champion in Denver! You would never know about his many victories because he’s so humble. But don’t let his quiet demeanor fool you—he’s a competitive athlete with a desire to do his best… and he always does.

Meet Our Guests

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A few months ago Victor was arrested by ICE in the middle of the night. He was immediately transferred to a detention center far away from his home, separated from his three children with no warning.

Days turned into weeks turned into months and Victor sat behind bars wondering when he would hug his children again.

Thankfully one bright sunny day Victor received the joyous news that he would be released from immigrant detention. He began packing his few belongings and was released, out into the streets, with the same clothes he was arrested by ICE in. His pajamas.

We had the wonderful gift of hosting Victor at Casa de Paz as he made plans to get back home to his family. He enjoyed a delicious dinner surrounded by friendly people who cared about him, he found some clothes and a warm winter jacket in our closet and then had a peaceful night of rest.

The following morning he hugged us goodbye, eloquently thanked us for opening up the doors of our home to him and parted with these words, "One of the best parts about being released from detention is that I am treated like a human being again."

We are so happy that Victor is now back with his family-- right where he belongs!


 

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