This nonprofit has seen the need of our at risk children and youth, and stepped up to the challenge. As a nonprofit president of SAFE, I know how hard it is to be involved with this age group and finding more resources for them. We will recommend your Organization when you are needed. Thank you so much for the great work you do.
Timothy Erwin Ramos
Thank you so much for the informative presentation - we so appreciate the time that you took to prepare and to make the drive into Tempe! these are some of the comments I heard: What a wonderful presenter....so knowledgable....so interesting....what expert information...what an eloquent speaker...really enjoyed the guest speaker...she was so informative about a sensitive subject and at the same time funny and engaging...what wealth of information the presenter had...so involved in the field......
I specially enjoyed how organized you were with the information and the informative handouts. The information you provided was timely for many old timers and new staff to hear and be conscious of when working with students - we thought the tips you provided are useful and pertinent to the work we do. THANK YOU!!! from Student Support Staff at TD3
Casa is a non profit organization that takes care of children and adolescents that suffered domestic abuse or were molested. Casa does a amazing work by taking care of the future since kids are the future of the society.
I am a Brazilian Nursing Student living at Arizona, a few weeks ago I heard about Casa and start to learn more about their work. I am impressed with all the stories of behavior change they helped to perform, with their work with prevention through group program, and how the concepts of emotional intelligence and positiveness are present in every thing they do.
I have been a trainer with Casa for the past four years, and can tell many stories of lives being changed, for children and for parents. This past semester, one of the classes I worked with was middle-school students who are at risk of not graduating high school. They reported a significant improvement on behaviors that relate to emotional intelligence, personal responsibility, and relationship skills following a 9-week SEL course.
I had the privilege of working for Casa for 11 years. I loved this job more than any other I have ever had and, as I get older, realize that I will be lucky to get even close to level of satisfaction I had helping children, teachers, parents, and community members in Arizona as a Casa employee during the rest of my professional life. Casa's programs, simply put, work. They are built on the principle of fostering healthy relationships and educating both youth and adults on the necessity of understanding how our actions affect one another. i cannot think of a better organization to support as they lead our city in the struggle to end abuse and relationship violence.
As a Casa employee, I was able to visit literally hundreds, if not thousands, of classrooms over the 11 years I worked for Casa. With the POWER program (Positive Outcomes Within Every Relationship), Casa is able to 7th through 12th grade students an alternative to unhealthy and abusive relationships, as well as offer an incredible opportunity for an open, informed discussion about sexual violence and how to prevent it. This is a vital program and our children deserve to have the opportunity to learn from experts.
Casa Cares 10/01/2010
Tom - YOur comments break my heart actually! You are one of the most talented teachers of middle school and high school students I have ever experienced in my 30 years working with teens. Greatest loss to AZ and to our nation was when the economy began to decline and Casa could no longer employ you full time. I will continue to try to figure out how we can get you back full time as the guy who rocks and literally changes teens lives before our eyes...a very rare but critical needed compenent.
As a volunteer with CASA I have seen first hand the difference the programs make and have read hundreds of thank you letters from the students for helping them to learn how to handle bullies, to know the difference between a healthy relationship and a abusive or violent reationship. They are also given the opportunity to talk one on one with the CASA teachers and if abuse is disclosed CASA contacts the authorties. Their programs aim to prevent distructive behaviors, get help for victims and to stop the cycle of violence and abuse.
Sometimes when we help others it's really ourselves we are helping. After working in the classrooms and offices of schools for 13 years both here in Arizona and in California I wanted to do more to help the students with things that weren't covered in the curriculum, things that could help to make them better students and better adults. Without help the schools can not address issues such as violence and abuse other than using detentions or expelling students. Casa gives the teachers and students the skills to stop the cycle of abuse and violence. It also offers the opportunity to students to come out of the shadows and report their abuse and gives them the support and tools to deal with the damage and to heal, it gave me the tools to understand my own abuse and to heal. I didn't go to work at Casa with that end in mind but from the depths of a little girls soul came peace. After 15 years of both working for and now volunteering with Casa I can say without a doubt Casa does educate people, students, teachers and parents on living a life free of violence and abuse.
Casa Cares 09/30/2010
Pat - I can't even imagine how many years you have so generously volunteered your time and given your financial support to Casa. You are such an angel on our shoulders and we can't thank you enough for always being there for us. Your review is very heartwarming. Thank you so much.
CASA has come to our school to present prevention programs. This has resulted in increased awareness of sexual abuse for parents, staff, and students. It has led to student disclosures which have enabled us to help these children receive the help they needed. It has taught students what to do in a situation that is threatening and helped them to understand their rights to personal safety and the importance of informing an adult of threatneing situations. I have also made referrals to CASA for many years for help to victims of sexual assault and abuse.
CASA has provided in class sex abuse prevention programs in our school numerous times over the years. These have been very thorough and well done. Teachers, students and parents have been very grateful with the information presented. It has proved to be invaluable in helping students address areas of concern. The presenters are always available to any student who needs a follow up conversation and there have been many. These have always been very beneficial to the child. It becomes clear that many of our children are carrying burdens no child should have to bear. These presentations have provided very important release for some of life's toughest issues. Of course the issue of prevention is always difficult to measure, but the students receive clear instructions on how to handle potentially abusive situations and are are taught that they have a right to stand up for themselves, how to do it and to not to keep such situations secret. This is of paramount importance as it is what allows abuse to continue and grow. Given the student response we have every time we have these presentations, it is clear how necessary they are. This an an organization of great importance to our community. They were here when on one else was there talking about the issues or helping victims. Their contribution to our community is immeasurable.
I was a VP for National/Alamo Car Rental and actively involved in the Az Governor's Counsel for Domestic Violence and attended numerous meetings with a myriad of different organizations and got to know Stephanie Orr and Casa very well. I felt then and now that Mrs. Orr's agenda at Casa was incredibly pure and that her staff and its work at Casa is and will always be very important. The work done there is so important!!
Casa Cares 10/01/2010
Sheryl...you cannot imagine how much it means to us to have recieved these great remarks from you about Casa. Your leadership and support of Casa in AZ;particularly in the challenging financial years after Sept 11, 2011 was instrumental in keeping Casa alive! In fact, you and Ginger Clayton and others in the Sunflower Foundation you all estalished must know that if it weren't for you, Casa would not be providing services today.
Casa. the Center for Prevention of Abuse and Violence, a forward thinking and noble organization, offers services to both children and teens that help to end physical, sexual and verbal abuse, and to promote education through skill building programs. Casa’s programs have been adopted in Elementary and High Schools throughout Phoenix, and educate our valley’s youths to help prevent them from becoming victims to abuse. Stephanie Orr has been the backbone of CASA for over 30 years and remains as inspirational and focused as the day she started with the organization. As a board member, I feel honored and privileged to work along side Stephanie as CASA continues to help our Valley's children enjoy healthier relationships and a safer city in which to grow.