Casa Center For Prevention of Abuse & Violence

Rating: 4.84 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Bullying

Location: 77 E. Thomas Suite 112 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.
Programs: Casa major program is Casa Prevention Department which has reached over 700,000 children, teens and adults. Casa reaches approximately 20,000 per year. Casa second largest program is the Casa Center for Social and Cultural Change which leads the Call-to-Action Initiatives to promote positive relationship skills, emotional intelligence and decrease abuse and violence. Casa's third service is providing information and referral to callers in crisis or need of resources.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Casa has helped over 700,000 of our Valley children to prevent abuse and violence, stop being abused, stop and/or prevent bullying and is teaching our future leaders how to have positive relationships to stop these cycles of violence and create emotionally intellegent children and adults in the future. Casa has proven over its three decades its ability to impact hundreds of thousands of children just here in the valley. The positive impact for our future in focusing on Social and Emotional Learning is key in teaching children skills to make great decisions and have happy and effective relationships. These programs should be required in every school.

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

seeing results in the schools where Casa has taught its programs is so impactful. The letters from the children talk about how they learned that it is not okay to be abused, to make better choices and the confidence that they now have.

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

I would like to see a significant difference in donations, in the millions, so that Casa's programs could be in every school in Arizona as well as across the nation.

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

knowing the sustainable difference it makes in the lives of so many children.

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

very skilled and love what they do!

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

impact all of the children in the valley, stop or radically reduce abuse and violence and create emotioanlly intelligent individuals who have the skills to make great choices and have effective and healthy relationships.

Ways to make it better...

Casa or our education system has more money to have these programs in every school to make a bigger impact.

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

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

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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Ginger - You have been an amazing board President for the many years you held that position. We can't thank you enough for your generous time and financial donations. We are incredibly fortunate to have you! Thank you so much for your positive review of Casa's work to teach emotional intelligence and bullying prevention simultaneously.

Rating: 5 stars  

CASA has tremendous immpact on the lives of countless individuals or all levels throughout the valley: Providing information to individuals and families for greater emotional growth and happiness. I attended a session specifically geared towards educating parents of teens on communicating about sensitive issues. The presenters were well versed and the panel so willing to open up and share to the benefit of those attending. Impactful.

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

Educational Forums at various organizations throughout the valley.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Garrison - Your incredible insight into the need in our society for teaching children emotional intelligence is very admired by us! Thank you for your great review of our work!

Rating: 5 stars  

CASA is a much needed and fabulous program touching many people's lives. It's reach is wide but could use much needed funds to increase their visibility in Arizona. The director is very visible and works tirelessly to make sure that the program reaches the vulnerable part of AZ communities.

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

Working with Stephanie Orr

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

the willingness to fight controversy and still come up smiling

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

loving, educated and very personable

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

really help thousands of children in Arizona

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Benee - You have been such a generous donor to Casa, and your positive energy is always so supportive.  Thank you so much for this great review!

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Casa is an excellent organization, a leader in the Valley , promoting social and emotional intelligence and healthy relationships . Their programs and facilitators are an outstanding example of proactive, preventive education.

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

Casa has facilitated programs at our school in K-4 ( Kid's Talk- No More Secrets), helped facilitate our 7th grade trip to Prescott and conducted a 4 part presentation to 8th graders on healthy relationships. Their programs are excellent!

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

The people

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

Professional and fun to work with

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Michele - we have been so honored to work so closely with your outstanding school! You are a true leader in teaching emotional intelligence and it is a joy to work with you. Thank you so much for your supportive review of Casa!

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

CASA comes into the schools in our precinct and provides education and prevention information to the children. They are prepared to handle situations where children come forward about abuse they are experiencing or have experienced. CASA works with PD to ensure the matters are handled appropriately. They provide a much needed program for children.

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

CASA comes into the schools in our precinct and provides education and prevention information to the children. They are prepared to handle situations where children come forward about abuse they are experiencing or have experienced. CASA works with PD to ensure the matters are handled appropriately. They provide a much needed program for children.

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

Their positive attitude and the service they provide the children.

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

Very friendly and enthusiastic to do their job.

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

Make a huge dent in lessening the number of sexual assaults/abuse/etc that our young population experiences as well as help bring to justice those that are currently experiencing abuse.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Jacqui - It is because of your leadership that Casa has developed such strong partnership with law enforcement in our community. It is so important to work together like this in preventing and responding to child abuse. Thank you for taking the time to write this wonerful review of Casa.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the priviledge of working with Casa as both a Prevention Specialist and as an Independent Contractor on and off for 10 years. The work Casa does is commendable. Thousands of children have learned how to recognize and report child sexual abuse. Many others have learned how to recognize the many forms of bullying that happen everyday, and how to get the help they need if they are victims of bullying. Perhaps the most important aspect of what Casa does these days is its focus on Social and Emotional Learning. Stephanie Orr recognized early on how important the concepts of SEL are and has worked tirelessly to help schools and community groups learn why SEL is so important, and how it can become a regular part of what they do.

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

working with students, parents, and faculty to implement Casa programs.

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

Ensure they had a steady stream of funding which would allow them to serve more community members and to find and keep top quality staff.

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

the opportunity to work with the dedicated Casa staff and to interact with a wide range of clients including children, parents, and schools.

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

Dedicated, professional, and always trying to go the extra mile.

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

become a major force in bringing prevention based, and social and emotional learning programs to schools and community groups.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been better - some of my best work experiences happened at Casa.

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

The same challenge faced by most non-profits - the constant struggle to secure funding.

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

If I had a million dollars I'd trust it to Casa to use for the good of children, family, and community groups.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Sue - As always you are the best. These comments are terrific. We would not have reached these heights without you in teaching Casa's outstanding abuse and violence and bullying prevention programs alongside Casa's emotional intelligence programs to teach children, teens and adults optimal relationship skills and to decrease abuse.

Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

Casa is an incredible organization that has had a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of our students. As a school counselor in a K -8 Catholic school, it is my responsiblity to provide training to all of our students in the area of child abuse prevention. For the past seven years we have chosen to utilize Casa's Kids Talk program to provide this education to our students. The presentations are presented in an age appropriate and sensitive manner while teaching students appropriate boundaries and assertiveness skills. Every member of the Casa staff has been a joy to work with. They seem to go above and beyond in all that they do. I am very appreciative of this organization and for all that they do to make a positive difference in the lives of both children and adults.

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

my work with students. The students retain the information and skills taught to them in the Kids Talk program. Although it is not measurable, I strongly believe that this educational program has procted students from becoming a victim of abuse.

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

thier expertise and one of a kind programs.

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

outstanding. They truely believe in the work that they are doing and the lives they are touching.

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

make such an incredible difference in the lives of children. They could educate thousands and thousands of children and protect them from the horrendous crime of child sexual abuse.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Pam - You have been a joy to work with and your conviction to provide children every level of safety possible is outstanding. Thank you so much for continuing to have Casa provide ours prevention programs to your students year after year. and thank you for this wonderful review.