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Bringing hope to the community

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W H O   W E   A R E ?

Esperanza Strings is an after-school music ministry that is supported by a local church located at an elementary school in their community providing a life-changing opportunity and healing by experiencing music.

Our mission is:

  • Helping forge paths of agency for their futures by learning a string instrument at a high-level.

  • Allowing local churches to become a home, resource, and a place of safety with the hope to empower and build deep transformational relationships.

  • Targeting first-generation college students, and college students of color as String Educators to empower them in leadership roles in Esperanza Strings in partnership with local universities.

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M E E T   T H E   T E A M


Rev. Rosedanny Ortiz

Director of Esperanza Strings

Rosedanny is a local pastor in The UMC with a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at SMU and a Bachelor’s of Computer Engineering from University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Rosedanny is passionate about racial justice, finding new ways to connect with the community, working on the unity and diversity leading to creating a multicultural space for all to worship the God of all.


Rev. Holly Bandel

Director of One + One Dallas

Holly has served in local church ministry for 18 years including positions as Senior Pastor, Executive Pastor, and Associate Pastor. She grew up in Wylie, TX and received a social work degree from University of North Texas. She is most passionate about ministry that reaches out and meets the needs of the people in the community. Holly received her seminary degree from Duke Divinity School.


Nicole Melrose

Founder/CEO StringRise

The moment Nicole touched the violin at 11 years of age, a ringing sound of hope was produced. Coming from a background of socio-economic hardship and experiencing the struggles of a first-generation Arab-American, the violin provided Nicole with a way to express herself and hope for a bright future. At the age of 15, she knew she wanted to start a program for children like herself who could not afford access to high-quality string programming.

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Strings teaching

Food Support

Tutoring led by local church volunteers

Extra curricular activities led by local church, includes concerts

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G E T   I N V O L V E D

Let's bring  E S P E R A N Z A  to our community!

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Partner with us!

There are many ways that you can partner with us and continue have an impact in our community.

Volunteer your time

We have many volunteer opportunities such as helping out our activities, being part of a spiritual support group or as a tutoring volunteer.

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Make a donation

Thanks to your donation we will be able to rent/buy equipment, pay teachers salaries, and open more Esperanza Strings in other elementary schools in our communities.

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L E T 'S   C O N N E C T

7700 Spring Valley Rd, Dallas TX, 75240


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