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November 27, 2010

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November 27, 2010

What is the first item of business when you arrive at a new campsite? You pitch your tent. It is hard to imagine eating, drinking, bathing, etc., without doing that first. One of my parents and many of my patients would have enjoyed healthier lifestyles, if they could have first established a safe home. CASA helps homeless or disabled persons find safe, affordable housing. A seasoned, sensitive, and client-centered administrative staff requires only a small proportion of the operating budget to draw down federal, state, county and city grants and funds to develop and maintain properties that provide affordable, safe homes.

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

I have seen our clients survive and thrive. I have seen our administrative staff members grow in skill and glow with success. I have seen our US senator, some state legislators, many county commissioners, city council members and mayor understand our pivotal role in leveraging dollars from many sources to serve our local needs.

Ways to make it better...

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

redouble my efforts to find capable and energetic board members to rotate into the vacancies caused by term limits.

November 24, 2010

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November 24, 2010

It has been my privilege to serve on the CASA board and to see firsthand what a fantastic job the CASA staff does and the enthusiasm and dedication they bring to each project and each client. This starts at the top with Executive Director, Debra King, but all of CASA's executive staff is exceedingly professional, motivated, and efficient.

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

CASA has placed two of my referrals into splendid housing accomodations. The first was a mentally-disabled veteran doing part-time janitorial work and approaching retirement age, who had been living out of his car or a storage building. The second was a 45 year old father of 4 who has never held a steady job or had a stable living environment, despite having a wonderful work ethic. CASA truly helped these people, and it gives me great pride and satisfaction to have played a small part in the process.

Ways to make it better...

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

I wouldn't change anything.

November 19, 2010

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November 19, 2010

CASA is a well managed origanization. The Executive Director, Debra King, has the right balance of fiscal responsibility and accomplishment of mission goals. She is a great leader who's enthusiasm and team spirit creates a work environment of dedicated staff members.

The Great!

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

Seeing lives of residents changed

Ways to make it better...

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

Duplicate it

November 17, 2010

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November 17, 2010

In my limited time as a board member, I have had the pleasure of touring several of the existing housing projects as well as meet a few of the clients served by CASA. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the projects, as well as the vision and compassion of the staff but most importantly, I was in awe of the gratitude and happiness expressed by the residents on the tour.

The Great!

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

Toured the properties, met the clients and play a part in helping guide future projects.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find a way to generate more funds for staff to develop and provide more help to those who need it.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Via childhood acquaintance

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Getting shelter to those in need

What is its top priority in the long run?

Getting those in need back on their feet and independent again

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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