Linda Caridad Cassells (Bello-Ruiz) co-founded and directed the House of Hope—the first safe-haven for street girls, runaways, and underage prostitutes in Costa Rica. She was a twenty-three-years-old college dropout when she took on the project, and relied on her faith and determination which was much bigger than her curriculum vitae. After her return to the United States in 1976, she went back to college and earned her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University.
She worked as a bilingual vocational rehabilitation counselor in Santa Rosa, California, for twenty-six years, and as a vocational expert on disability for five of those years. She ma
intains friendship with many of her former clients.
The mother of four grown children, she divides her time between Santa Rosa, California, and Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico, where she practices her mantra, “Lord, where can I be of service today?”
Linda is the founder of The Faith Writers in Lincoln, CA and belongs to the Redwood Writers in Santa Rosa. She attends The Promise Center in Santa Rosa, California, and the Costalegre Community Church in Mexico.
Ms. Bello-Ruiz speaks to clubs and organizations on her experiences in moving beyond despair into hope and on choices and consequences.