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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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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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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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.

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

I have heard about the wonderful work that this organization is able to accomplish in Phoenix. It is evident that all involved in this organization are helping to build a civil, caring society, where compassion reigns. However, every great, amazing organization needs someone at the helm who understands the needs of a community and searches for answers. Stephanie Orr is that person. As the leader, she helps instill in all of her staff that life is about continuous learning and modeling the compassionate life.

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

learning about how schools have received the training and the children have learned new skills that have worked for them.

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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Debbie - It is so exciting to join with you and Texas to expand the incredible, positive of emotional intelligence; particularly for children. Thank you for your tremendous support!

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!

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