OUR INTERNS & RESIDENTS
Meet our awesome interns & residents! These individuals give anywhere between three months to two years to support our ministry in a variety of ways including building homes for families, working in our Admin Department, serving in our field locations, and more.
Click here to support the interns.
After clicking the link above please select the program area “5120 Support: Internship Program” to donate to the general intern fund. To donate to a specific person please select that same program area then proceed to tell us the name of the intern you would like to support in the “Comments” section. Thank you!
Hey, my name is Tess Borders. I’m from the St. Louis area. In the fall, I will be a senior at Georgetown College, where I am a part of the lacrosse team and an FCA leader. I am an Art major and Psych minor. Before my internship last summer, I was lucky enough to be a part of six builds in the Dominican Republic. I have felt a calling for missions ever since my first mission trip to Panama during my freshman year of high school. I am ecstatic to be able to intern again this summer in Mexico and see what God has in store for not only me but every person I encounter.
Hi, my name is Alex Brown, and I’m really excited to get to work with Casas again this summer! I am entering my sophomore year at Moberly Area Community College in Columbia, Missouri, where I am pursuing an Associate of Arts before beginning film school. Film has always been something that has fascinated me, and I hope to continue creating amazing stories through video. I was able to go on my first build during my sophomore year of high school, and it was an eye-opening experience. I went back after I graduated and knew I had to get involved somehow. Now, I will be using my passion for video production to help further this ministry and the kingdom of God.
Hi everyone! My name is Josie Corrao. I am from the Chicagoland area. In the fall, I will be a junior at Illinois Wesleyan University; I am a musical theater major. I’ve had the opportunity to serve with Casas since the summer of 2015 and have participated in many builds between Juarez and Acuña. I have always had a heart for serving and this year felt led to apply to be an intern. I am beyond excited to intern for my first time with an organization that has changed my life. In the midst of this crazy year, God has still remained God, and his goodness has shined through. I cannot wait to see God move mountains this summer through his mercy, grace, and love. It is a blessing to love God and love others.
Hey everyone! I’m Paige Grace from eastern South Dakota. I am a graduate of Augustana University with a B.A. in clinical/counseling psychology. I recently moved to Texas to pursue my Master’s in Social Work at Baylor University, in hopes of further pursuing missions and multicultural service. During my undergrad, I served on my first build with Casas por Cristo in their Guatemala location. God was present and working from start to finish, orchestrating an experience that only deepened my love for people and the mission of Casas por Cristo. When the opportunity to intern with the Casas Admin Department presented itself, I couldn’t say no. God continued to open doors through the process to bring me to El Paso for the summer! I am both expectant and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing in and through Casas to build His Kingdom.
Hi, my name is Elizabeth Halbrooks, and I’m from Hartselle, AL. I’m currently finishing my first year as a Spanish major at Union University. I’ve had the opportunity to serve with Casas por Cristo since 2015 and have participated in five builds in Guatemala. I love their mission, and I’ve always known that I wanted to continue to serve with them through college. I spent the first semester of this year praying about possibly interning with Casas, and I know that He has a plan for me in Guatemala this summer. I’m super excited to be able to improve my Spanish and serve in San Raymundo, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store this summer!
Hi! My name is Katie Jansson. I just finished my freshman year at the University of Arkansas, and I am majoring in Horticulture and Environmental Science. I love to run, hike, and camp, and I grew up in Farmington, Arkansas! I’ve gone on two builds with Casas in Acuña in the past, and on my first trip, I heard about the Casas internship. I’ve wanted to be an intern ever since! I love that Casas allows me to tangibly show God’s love to people while sharing Jesus with them too. I’m so excited for this internship, and I can’t wait to see how God is going to move this summer!
Hey, my name is Reid Johnson. I am from Monroe, LA. I am currently studying Construction Management at the University of Louisiana Monroe. I chose to intern this summer to extend my discipleship through Christ. I’m excited this summer for the families of Juárez to see the good work of Christ through me.
Hi everyone! My name is Cayla Kiehl. I am a recent graduate from the University of Missouri – Columbia where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management, Minor in Leadership and Public Service, and Multicultural Certificate. During that time, I went on my first trip with Casas in the summer of 2018. Soon after, I felt God leading me towards pursuing missions with Casas further. I spent the next two summers as an intern, first building homes in Juárez, then working in their finance department in El Paso where I met my husband, Justin. God has been actively working on my heart through Casas and the city of El Paso, and I am excited to be serving in God’s Kingdom through Casas’ residency program over the next year!
Hello, my name is Jacob Lee. I live in Fountain, Colorado, and I was born in Hillsboro, Oregon. I love music, skating, and enjoying the outdoors. I just graduated high school and went on my first build with Casas not too long ago. It was a great experience and helped me towards achieving one of my most important goals on this earth – sharing the love that Jesus has so graciously shared with me. I plan to attend the University of Portland next fall and major in Philosophy and possibly Physics. Even though I’m not 100% on my plan for college, I am 100% ready to serve with Casas and my brothers and sisters in Christ!
Hi! I’m Kaylee, and I’m currently a freshman at UC Berkeley majoring in International Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. I grew up in Davis, California, where I ran cross country and track, raced on the ski team, and participated in FFA (Future Farmers of America). My first service trip was through Casas, and it was the catalyst that has led me to pursue a future in the nonprofit field. My background at a Spanish Immersion school and my involvement in international humanitarian work during high school has instilled a dream in me to start my own nonprofit, which I am pursuing through my business major. I am beyond blessed to have the opportunity to serve this summer through Casas por Cristo, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store.
Hello, my name is Jason, and I live in Colorado Springs, CO. I love music, food, and adventure anywhere I go. I heard about the internship with Casas when I went on a trip to Juarez in 2020. From that moment, I knew that I wanted to intern here. I have always had a heart to serve, and my passion is to show others the love of God that I have felt in my own life. I love to learn and gain new experiences, and I’m very excited to be working, growing, and having an opportunity to spread the love of Jesus to others.
Hi. My name is Chris Stephens, and I am excited to serve God this summer through Casas por Cristo. I am currently working towards an associate’s degree in Business Administration at Ivy Tech. Before my first internship, I was looking for a way to get out of my comfort zone and serve Christ in a different way. Through some prayer and patience, I was told about Casas por Cristo, and I knew that that where I was meant to go last summer. I loved it so much that I signed up to do it again. I look forward to serving and sharing Jesus again this summer with Casas.
Hey, I’m Madi! I grew up in Edmond, OK and graduated from Oklahoma State University in May of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and a minor in Spanish. I am currently working on earning my Master’s in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. I’ve been on builds since 2011 and have served previously in two internships – one in Guatemala in 2018 and one in Juarez in 2020. Now, I am serving with Casas por Cristo as a Resident Field Coordinator. I am so blessed to be a part of what God is doing in Mexico through the ministry of Casas por Cristo. It is profound to be a part of His missional movement in the world, and to be able to combine my two great passions (Christ and Latin America) is a dream come true.
Howdy, y’all! My name is Colby Warwick from Austin Texas, I’m a 19-year-old student pursuing a degree in International Studies at the University of Texas A&M. I also work as a barista at a coffee shop in Austin. I’ve built with Casas for the past four years, and I fell in love with building. I enjoyed every part of it and knew that I wanted to do an internship. The church has always been a part of my life, and I’ve always had a passion to help and teach youth about the gospel. This will be my first summer internship, and I’m so excited to see how God will use me this summer.