Casa Esperanza was founded by Pattie Santiago, whose work as a realtor inspired her to make a difference in the lives of the people Casa Esperanza will help. She started the organization in memory of her mother, Esperanza Torres, who passed away in August 2021 surrounded by her loved ones after an unexpected and sudden illness.
Pattie’s experience helping others in her community is extensive. In 2010 she got involved with microloans, an endeavor she continues to this day. In 2016, she launched Ideal Interpreter, providing document translation and interpretation services to individuals and corporations in her community. This launched her into real estate, as she discovered many of her clients needed help with the process of selling or buying their home.
Pattie’s background has led her to apply her skills and experience in providing homes for families in Guatemala. A portion of every commission she makes from her real estate sales goes to Casa Esperanza's mission.
My mother, Esperanza Torres, was 68 years old when she passed away on August 10, 2021, surrounded by her loved
ones after an unexpected and sudden illness.
My mother was the life of the party with her infectious smile that lit up a room. She was easy-going and made instant friends with everyone she met. She had a great sense of humor, and always made people feel right at home. She was a kind spirit, always eager to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed gardening and had a natural talent for growing plants. She loved wildflowers. She loved to cook, especially her famous Spanish rice and her delicious homemade flour tortillas. Yummy!
She enjoyed spending her time with family and most of all her loving dog, Coco. She enjoyed taking long walks with Coco and meeting new people in the neighborhood, like Patty and her dog Angie. Soon, they became best of friends and “Patty Angie” is what my mother would call them every time she spoke of her new pals. They would visit with my mother daily and she would regularly have snacks ready for Angie to enjoy.
My mother always took great pride in her family. Holidays were always spent at her house; she really enjoyed the Christmas season the most. She loved to brighten her home for the holidays with stylish, fun and festive decorations.
She will be dearly missed not only by her family, but by everyone whose life she touched.
To honor her memory, we hope you will support Casa Esperanza’s mission and help families have a dream home of their own.
Thank you for your generous show of love and support.