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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Sexual Abuse Prevention, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

timramos

Board Member

Rating: 5

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
President SAFE
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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lali C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

volunteer4casa

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 4

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!!

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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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

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Casa Cares 09/30/2010

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

Donor

Rating: 5

Casa is an amazing organization that takes a proactive stance against abuse and bullying. The are leading the way in prevention and trying to turn back the clock on abuse of all kinds.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Casa Cares 09/30/2010

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

Casa is a tremendously important organization that does crucial work for the people our community. Most agencies involved in abuse take a reactionary stance as opposed to a proactive stance. Casa is one of the few organizations with a staff that is forward-thinking enough to put time, energy, and resources into education and prevention. As a donor, I feel confident that Casa is making good use of its resources to educate students, teachers, and other community members about building healthy and positive relationships.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Casa Cares 09/30/2010

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Casa Cares 09/30/2010

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Casa Cares 09/30/2010

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think CASA is a great organization. They know what they are talking about when they come to our school. They help where they can. They are good with the students. The students love when they come and talk about stranger danger. The students love the vedios. The students will all the time tell me do I remember about the girl in the vedio that was sad or the boy that was scared to tell that he was being hurt. The way that Casa talks to our students is age appropriate and they remeber the lessons. I feel that Casa cares about the community around the school. I have seen them help out a community memembers and rasie awareness for people that are in trouble in the community. When a girl was ganged raped and she was 11 and the boys were 11. Casa sought help for all of them. This is a wonderful organization and deserves all the praise. Thanks!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Casa Cares 09/30/2010

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Casa Cares 09/30/2010

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.