Casa Javier Association was born with the purpose of making homes for adolescents and young people. The idea came from the personal experiences of Paul Lammermeier, a Catholic lay missionary. Paul came to Peru in 1988 and began working as a History and English teacher at a parish school in Breña-Lima. He started a social work program with his students for the children of COMAIN, a known shelter for kids in Lima where he observed the shortage of opportunities for the young people of these institutions when they leave, when they reach adolescence with fourteen years of age and often face life without a family or a stable home.
In 1992, Paul invited a teenager to his home to help him develop his education in a safe environment and in 1993 invited another young man. In 1995, with two teenagers living in his home, Paul received the help of some friends from the United States, mainly alumni from his experience as a teacher in United States who promised to help him, establishing in the USA the Paul Lammermeier Foundation Inc (PLF ), non-profit, whose purpose is to provide funds for the maintenance of youth.
In 1995, with the support of his friends from Peru, the Casa Javier Association (ACJ) was established, according to Peruvian legislation, which has a different board of directors from the Paul Lammermeier Foundation Inc. (PLF) and is in charge of the management of the three homes.
Initially, most of the adolescents came from the Peruvian highlands, victims of the terrorism years in Peru. After joining the program, all residents have reunited with their natural families.
In 1997 the PLF bought a first house, Casa Javier, located in Breña. With a remodeling in 1999, it currently houses five teenagers and youngsters, plus two adult parents who live with them, sharing a family atmosphere.