Fran – Our Heart and Soul
Fran & Scarlett
Friendship in Villa Garcia
Students & Families of Villa Garcia
Villa Garcia Landscape
Villa Garcia
A Typical Home in Villa Garcia
Sponsor Wolf with Ruben and Adolfo

Weavers Of Hope

 A small group of Austin people, who were committed to social justice work, were asked to help a remote Mexican community that had just experienced a catastrophic flood. From those meager beginnings and extensive conversations with many of the Mexican families, Weavers of Hope was born.
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Educational Sponsorship

  • Change a Life
  • Change a Community
  • Sponsor a Student

Fair Trade

  • Help a small family business
  • Support Artisians
  • Provide the Dignity of Work
Jack Kern

Jack Kern


Filled with a passion for social justice work; seeks unity among all people.
Sr. Fran Smith

Sr. Fran Smith

Our Leader In Mexico

The heart and soul of Weavers of Hope; filled with wisdom, caring, and love.
Scarlett Shaffer

Scarlett Shaffer

Our Field Coordinator in Mexico

Brings energy, creativity, compassion, and love to all that we do.  Our students love her.
Tenley Aldredge

Tenley Aldredge


Our energetic social justice advocate in Austin dedicated to the WoH mission and inspired
by those who founded the organization and who keep it running with compassion and

Sandra Heyl

Sandra Heyl

Board of Directors and Former Treasurer

Founding member who has provided wisdom, spiritual guidance, and leadership from the very beginning of Weavers of Hope.

Denise Arino

Denise Arino


One of our original members of the JustFaith Class that formed Weavers of Hope in 2003. Since 2006 she has been in charge of producing our annual Fall Newsletters that help keep our sponsors and donors informed on how students in our program are doing.