About Us

Children at first Casa HogarFounded in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) public charity and so designated by the IRS, our primary approach is simple. We walk the streets of the colonias, visiting families, schools, public hospitals, and businesses. When we see a problem, we quickly gather information and work directly with the family, school, shelter, or individual to understand how we can help them solve their problem.

Sometimes we reach out to other charities, businesses in Mexico, or medical professionals and coordinate a team to address the problem.

We try to purchase what we need in Mexico because that helps the local economy and eliminates import taxes and inspections at the border.

We do not require the people we help to be a member of a particular religion or political party.

We do not require the people we help to be a member of a particular religion or political party.

Privacy Policy

We do not sell, rent, or share your information.

Mission Statement

Paper Houses Across the Border is a nonprofit corporation, and our mission is to improve the quality of life for American families and for the impoverished families living in the colonias by working cooperatively with the families and institutions in the colonias.

Our Purpose

Provide people the experience of selfless charity and mission in the colonias of Mexico. With God’s help, Paper Houses will reduce the number of hungry children throughout the world by instilling compassion in a generation that hears and responds to the cries of those in need.

Where We Work

We work in Mexico, primarily in the area of Ciudad Acuna. Why Mexico? (click on Why Mexico? to see our reasoning).


  1. Respect the culture of the people we serve.
  2. Respect the dignity of work and self-achievement.
  3. Strive to improve the quality o f life in the colonias by working with the people to support projects that help our friends succeed in business, home ownership, and support programs that provide food, shelter and love for the most neglected.
  4. Always engage in behavior that is beyond ethical reproach and respects the customs, laws, and beliefs of the people.
  5. Respecting a culture is more than merely enjoying traditional dances and songs. It includes accepting local methods of construction. Respecting a culture means listening to how and why things are done a certain way and not assuming that we know better.


  1. Life and individual religious beliefs are sacred and respected.
  2. We value customs and traditions.
  3. Our role is to provide support, friendship, material, and guidance to help the people of the colonias resolve problems.
  4. Our focus is the colonia (neighborhood) and we work with the residents at the basic neighborhood level.
  5. The children of the colonias are our most valuable asset.
  6. We exist to work in partnership with the people of the colonias by servicing their needs.
  7. People should be treated fairly and equitably in recognition of basic human dignity and as a means of enriching life.
  8. Face to face encounters are the best way to accomplish our purpose and mission.


We carefully manage and watch over the results of your donations. We visit families in their homes and verify the needs. We talk with neighbors, doctors, teachers, and people in the community to better understand situations. Unannounced visits to schools, shelters, hospitals, and families are part of our routines. We review receipts and also talk with vendors. When we work with other charities on projects we never simply hand over your money and we insist on managing such projects.

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