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Casa Center For Positive Social Change

Rating: 4.96 stars   25 reviews 2,119

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Crime & Law

Address:

3030 North 3rd Street #200 Suite 200 Phoenix AZ 85012 USA

Mission:

Casa's mission is to provide social and emotional learning programs and bullying prevention to children and adolescents to develop optimal relationship skills and to prevent abusive and violent relationships. Casa's prevention programs prevent children from becoming abused, from becoming abusive, bullying people, and from becoming involved in abusive relationships. In addition, Casa leads call to action movements to increase public awareness of verbal, and emotional, other abusive behaviors and to implement abuse prevention programs and social and emotional learning programs in schools, camps and after-school systems, as well as in businesses, houses of worship, health centers, and public entities.

Results:

Casa has reached: 1 million children in our sexual abuse prevention programs, Kids Talk, stopping sexual abuse for thousands of victims, resulting in arrests of numerous sex offenders. 80,000 teens with Casa healthy vs. unhealthy dating relationship program, POWER 25,000 students, teachers and parents with Social and Emotional Intelligence Learning (SEL) and bullying prevention programs

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Provided SEL trainings in 9 AZ Schools reaching approximately 2,000 students, teachers, and parents

Programs:

Casa major program Prevention Education to teach positive social and emotional intelligence and relationship skills along with programs to prevent bullying, sexual abuse and teen dating violence. Since 1980, Casa Programs have reached over 900,000 children, teens and adults. Casa also leads the Arizona State membership alliance SEL 4 AZ of individuals and organizations who advocate throughout AZ to integrate Social and Emotional learning (SEL) in all AZ schools, families, businesses and communities.

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Reviews for Casa Center For Positive Social Change

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Dear Stephanie
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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in countless ways. One student wrote to me in a note after the POWER curriculum was shared in his class, "from now on, I will listen to my girlfriend." That has stuck with me for years and I will probably never forget it. Casa has a powerful message.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would ensure that all of the prevention programs Casa has to offer were funded for schools and community organizations all over the greater Phoenix area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping the youth, parents, educators, and community members of greater Phoenix work together to make our city a safer place to live.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing people with a wealth of talent, empathy, and compassion for children and adults from all walks of life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do amazing things for the city, state, country and world. Casa has a unique and under-appreciated message to share with the world.

Ways to make it better...

funding would have remained at a level where I could have continued to work for the agency. I would still be working at Casa today if there were funds to pay my salary.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

a lack of funding and visibility within the community. Relationship violence, in all its forms, is a very difficult thing for people to talk about and Casa helps facilitate this conversation better than any agency in the country.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am very proud of the years I worked for Casa and feel very fortunate to have worked with so many amazing people over those years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Casa Cares (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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.

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Letters from principals stating that they had less problems with student behavior after having Casa programs at their schools. Heard from the Casa instructors of children who reported their abuse to them and Casa then reported it to CPS

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Casa Cares (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Talking with and working with students after they had the CASA presentations and also CASA one on one conversations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

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've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the school I work in. Their presentation has resulted in sex abuse disclosures that have resulted in children getting the help they need. It has also identifed children who previously had disclosed but had not received the help they needed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their services as more is needed in the way of prevention and treatment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have over 30 years as a social worker and know what a great need there is in the area of sex abuse and knwoing CASA is there is such a benefit.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Were knowledgeable, helpful, caring and great.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a major difference.

Ways to make it better...

They had more resources.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial

One thing I'd also say is that...

Our community needs this organization and it needs to expand in prevention and treatment resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Numerous stories of the success of programs from the counseling to the bullying programs so needed in the schools. Emphasis on prevention is very important. Many domestic violence organizations only focus on assistance after the fact. Casa is the best!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Agenda is so pure

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Simply the best

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

They have learned to operate with incredible diversity and with consistent Financial support could do amazing things

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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Casa Cares (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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.

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how many children have been educated and assisted.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

CASA's programs to educate and highten awareness within our community on ways to prevent our children from becoming victims of bullying, and sexual predators. Amazing programs with immediate and measurable results!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Witnessing young women learning how to save themselves from entering an abusive relationship; children learning ways to seek help when threatened.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We need more people in our community to be aware of this fabulous program; and how we do have the power to make change!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the many ways you can actually "see" the results of effort: kids empowered, teachers have the confidence to follow-through on programs, great feedback from the schools at every turn!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

engaged with the community and their schools, bright, energetic,

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Change the world!!!

Ways to make it better...

the was more help for CASA. There's so much to do, and so often, not often hands-to-help or financial resources

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

helping the community learn about their programs, and latest efforts. Once you find out what CASA has done, there's no way you wouldn't want to take part in that change.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Anyway to help save a child from harm has to be supported. And to stop a child from growing into an angry teen or battering adult.....the postive ripple effect is endless!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Casa Cares (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

We really appreciate you volunteering every year! and thank you for this great review!