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Causes: Crime & Law, Human Services

Mission: To join efforts with all concerned, seeking closure of tragedies; as we remain in search of the missing. “I offer myself to those who have nowhere else to turn; these desperate people who ask for my help have unique situations. Yet however unique, they are bound together with the commonality of being the loved one of a missing person.” –Monica Caison

Results: Offering a wide range of free services CUE has helped more than 12,000 families in what is often the most confusing and desperate times of their lives. Company Overview Since 1994, Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons has been advocating for missing children and adults, and providing free search and support services for families. Staffed entirely by volunteers and funded by donation, the CUE Center has helped the families and loved ones of more than 12,000 missing people from across the United States. General Information Monica Caison is an advocate for missing persons and a professional searcher; she is the founder of the CUE Center for Missing Persons founded in 1994 to aid law enforcement, families of the missing and communities nationwide.

Target demographics: Families left behind that suffer the loss of a missing loved one, active search for those who have vanished, to provide advocacy for cases, protect victim rights, bring forth education and awareness to the general public of the cause.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Since inception CUE has helped more than 12,000 families that have suffered the loss of a missing loved one

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Search and Recovery of Missing Persons, SORC (state outreach coordinator program), College Internship, Community Awareness Events, Cold Case Research, Youth Mentoring. Serving Missing Persons Nationwide

Community Stories

214 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Monica Caison and all at CUE are not just a missing persons non-profit, they are our family. CUE has been and continues to be right by our side since the disappearance of my sister in law, Noemi González in 2014. They organized search and rescue teams to search for Noemi, included her in their Road to Remember Tour by stopping by her neighborhood and helping local police distribute information on Noemi’s disappearance, spotlighted Noemi’s disappearance and life in their annual conference, shared our pain and provided comfort during prayer vigils, etc. and have been there for our family with unconditional love and support. When a loved one goes missing, your life is turned upside down and, thankfully, most people do not understand the heartache. CUE gets it. When you speak to CUE and other families that are going through the same heartache, there is an instant bond and comfort in knowing that they truly understands your pain and are just as committed as you are to find your loved one. Monica and CUE are not just another non-profit, they are our family and we are blessed to have their support. God bless them all and their dedication to helping find the missing and support the families.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

October 13, 2012 the bottom fell out of our world when our 18 year old son went missing. By the grace of God one of the CUE volunteers is a teacher at our son's school. She called me immediately and gave me the information on how to reach Monica. To be honest with you I remember very little of that initial conversation. CUE was actually on the ground searching before I even knew they were there. By the second day of being at command central, it became obvious to our family why Monica runs her organization with military expertise. She has to be tough because people's lives depend on her and her organization, yet when I was scared, at my most vulnerable and in a downward spiral, Monica was compassionate with me and brought me back to my senses.

On day 15 (missing) we got the call saying the accident scene had been located. While sitting on the side of the road with CUE while the officers on site tried to locate the car, an officer approached Monica and said "We never would have looked there, we never would have found them"

I have so much respect for that officer, and I tell any officer I can the story. Law enforcement has so much on their plate, they are stretched so thin and their resources are limited. It is refreshing to know that law enforcement is able to acknowledge that they can use help.

The Florida crew that was searching that day was on day 7 and scheduled to head home. They would not leave the area until they had completed the areas they wanted to cover. Then when the accident was discovered they stayed by our side offering comfort and support.

Many CUE members attended the funeral services for our son and continue to offer support and encouragement. We owe them, as well as many friends, family and strangers a great deal. I only hope we can do our son justice by paying the kindness forward.

6 Penny L. A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Monica Caison and the whole Cue family is awesome. They are support for the family of missing loved ones and the families of those recovered. They encourage you to never give up and to keep on keeping on. They understand the feeling you are experiencing. When my Kelly went missing Monica returned my call within an hour. It was late at night but she called me and we entered my Kelly Jon Armstrong with her organization. I went to the Conference this year for the first time and it was the most spectacular event I have ever witnessed. When I have questions I can text Monica and she always answers me. She and the CUE family are always there anytime you need them and believe me I have needed the encouragment they give me. I can never express what it means to me to have someone understand my pain and my desperation as Cue has. They are uplifting and compassionate and I couldn't have gotten through some hard times without Monica and Dawn Saffell's help. My Kelly is still missing but as Monica has taught me, never give up. there is always hope. This organization needs national honors!!!!

6 Jen_17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with CUE Center in August 2010 when my son went missing and we were in desperate search of resources to aid us in finding him. From my first call to CUE Center, when Monica told me they would help, the compassion, empathy, and professionalism has amazed me.
In the three years since my son's death I have now became involved with the organization as a volunteer and still am amazed by the level of professionalism, compassion, and empathy. CUE Center sticks true to their mission of aiding in the search of the missing.

5 Donna92

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed back in 2006 to become acquainted with Monica Caison and the CUE Center. I have been active in Search and Rescue since 2001 and worked with many organizations over the years, but never with one that had the magnitude as CUE. In 2006 I received a call to respond to South Carolina to help with a Search. I had no idea that it was going to be such a life changing experience.

I arrived at the scene and was immediately taken aback. The professionalism, dedication, organization, and shear compassion of Monica and the volunteers there was just amazing. This day changed my life. I continue to work with CUE and am so very proud to be a volunteer with such an amazing organization. There is such an epidemic of missing persons which many do not understand or recognize. The CUE Organization strives to bring awareness, hope and resolution for this epidemic. A quote that I see a lot comes to mind..... "when the world says give up, Hope whispers, try one more time". CUE will continue to try as many times as needed. Awesome group of people whom I have great respect for.

6 Joe_27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My life has been touched on several levels by missing persons. None more so than the Mickey zshunick case in Lafayette, La. Following closely is the Holly Bobo case and Lauren Speier case. Monica Caison and her team are the most passionate victim advocates I have ever been around. They provided mounted, k-9 , sonar, foot and water search capabilities. They never, ever give up. I am really humbled to to know and volunteer for C.U. E. they are life saving and changing.

4 Dylan L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Cue Center for Missing Persons when I went online to create a face book page specifically to get more assistance on Missing Person, Kathy LaMadrid's case. She has been missing from Fort Bragg, Ca since Dec. 17, 2004. I have literally exhausted about every possiblity and every ave. in searching for Kathy LaMadrid . I learned that in Sept. 2012 Monica Caison was coming out to the West Coast to do her" Road to Remember Tour" thru the states of Washington, California and Oregon. I called her at that point and asked if it was too late to get Kathy LaMadrid included in the tour. She said of course it would be fine. We got to host the Mendocino, Ca stop along with David Neily's family and also got to spot light her case again on the steps of the Capital in Sacramento, Ca where Kathy grew up. I can not tell you how much it meant that when she was out here...I asked her if she would come back out to do a search with Cadaver dogs for Kathy. She said she would. We are currently working on getting a search together for Kathy . Finding Cue Center for Missing Persons is a true blessing. Knowing of all the" finds" Monica has had over the years that I have known of her is so amazing. It brings tears to my eyes knowing that we have such a caring non profit coming for us all the way across the U.S. to do a search for Kathy. Just knowing though that Monica and Cue Center are standing by us , gives us renewed hope that we will find & bring Kathy home.
Along the years I have known of Cue Center and Monica Caison, I have pointed families in the direction of her Org. and I have told them her non profit assists families of the missing in hopes of bringing their Missing Loved One home. One in particular that I told a family about was Gail Nowaki Palmgren's family. She had been missing approx. 6 months , but in Dec. 2011 Monica personally found and brought Gail home, giving her family closure and a possiblity to start their healing process.

In Feb. 2013 , I became a volunteer for Cue Center for Missing Persons as a California State Director. I am very proud to be a part of such a wonderful non profit that is heaven sent and that assists any Missing Persons family that asks & doesn't charge. I look forward to assisting Cue Center in accomplishing their goals in continueing to bring the missing home . Monica Caison and Cue Center for Missing Persons are priceless to a family that has no where else to turn.
With Sincere Gratitude,
Dylan LaMadrid
Search & Rescue
"So Others May Live"

5 Ra A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In a small town of WV,in 2002, a missing teenager Samantha Burns, was abducted by prison escapees.Still missing yet CUE Center have not given up the search.Tips have placed them in rugged WV terrain.Their dogs, along with volunteers,help to search in a way no one else could."Their dogs don't lie",a quote so well deserved because of so many false hopes.When searching for the missing. Rumors,stories,and so many I think they are here or could be there.It takes a special group to console the family of the missing.
What can I do?Pray was the answer in return.
This child was an athlete.A granddaughter to two preachers.A loving family.
The escapees are in jail.Death row from a murder of another,Alice Donavan.CUE Center was there to find that missing womans remains.
Not yet put to death that they might know where to find the missing teenager remains.
There was a place on the last search with Monica Caison and a CUE Center group.Where a lot of work and effort went forth from neighbors and family.A truely well organized volunteer group.And yes,those dogs are a special breed,they also cope with the job put forth.

Thanks for all you do,
RAA

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

You will never find anyone more dedicated to a cause than Monica Caison. She has the knowledge, connections and tenacity to make 'the impossible' happen. She works tirelessly day in and day out for all the families she supports.

2 Brenda40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to volunteer with CUE over the last year and have nothing but praise for this organization. Specifically I have worked with Oregon State Coordinator, Michelle Mounts. Her representation of the organization is highly professional and well detailed.
We have been able to assist in bringing home a local medically endangered teen to her family. This was the most exciting and emotional case that I have worked on. You can not imagine the joy felt by all involved when we secured a safe return.
I encourage all to familiarize yourself with CUE's efforts and help as you can. You will be well rewarded with accomplishment and gratitude from the families you assist.

7 Donajean K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got involved with the CUE in 2006, when Monica added my sister to her "ON THE ROAD TO REMEMBER" Tour. My sister Dori was abducted on January 11, 2006, and is still missing, I was living a life of "Time marches on, yet it stands so still". Reliving the day Dori disappeared, over and over, not knowing what to do to keep her name in the press and make her important to anyone that would listen.

It wasn't until a few years later that I volunteered to do some graphic work for the CUE, that I started to learn so many things about how to keep Dori;s case fresh in the minds of the community and in the news. It was eye opening and life changing knowing that I wasn't alone.
Seeing the never ending perserverance and dedication that Monica and everyone involved with the CUE put into finding Resolution for the families of the missing is a very humbling experience, I call Monica the "ERIN BROCKOVICH" of missing persons, because she knows each and everyone of her Missing, and with her straight forward, no-nonsense attitude, guides each and everyone of the families, she is rock solid and believes in what she does.

I am so fortunate to be involved the the best organization I have ever volunteered for, albeit under the worst of circumstances. The CUECENTER for Missing Persons is family to me. I have met the greatest people and will continue volunteering as long as they will have me.

From Newbies, to Long term, we are all in it together searching for the answers we all deserve, and knowing that we have Monica fighting for us, fighting to find our Missing loved ones and doing everything in her power to give us hope, makes me want to do more too.

3 docdvine

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just started volunteering for CUE in 2013. I attended the conference that they held in March in NC and it was very good. I have yet to work for the organization yet, but the testimony's from the families at the conference were very moving and nothing but praised the organization. The members that volunteer are very good at their jobs and give, unselfishly, to help find missing people. I hope that I too can contribute something worthwhile to this organization.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the unique pleasure to work with Monica Caison and her staff from a mounted and ground perspective on several searches. The Cue center is composed of a unique cadre of Quintessential Professionals who are the real "All American Volunteers". Driven to assist families in need searching for their lost and missing loved ones, Cue Center members are driven individuals to continuously train and become experts in their speciality. With constant training and searching, these unique skill sets in mounted, K9, ground, ATV, Air, Water, etc.. provide incredible search resources for multiple communities throughout the United States. I am honored to be a new member of the Cue center team!

8 Nicole48

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer member of the The Cue Center For Missing Persons for 2 1/2 years now. It seems like yesterday when I found the CUE website in search of resources to assist a community nearby that I was living in. Sure enough, Monica Caison, picked up the phone immediately as she was on a search in Florida at the time and directed me to what the family needed to do in order to register their missing loved one in accordance to the organizations guidelines as well as offer helpful advice. It was not long after that I continued to inquire about becoming a volunteer with the CUE Center as my background and passion in Criminal Justice went hand in hand in the work CUE performs daily for the families of the missing, I filled out the application online. What I found out and felt quickly at the onset is that Monica, the cue volunteers, as well as the families of the missing were in itself, one gigantic "family" of natures own making. Formed by pain, suffering, grief, desperation... Bound by the common-morality of having a missing loved one and within some of those; the desire to help make difference in the future in the lives of other families suffering through the nightmare of having a missing loved one.

I never could have imagined meeting a more dedicated, compassionate, empathetic, hardworking, passionate person than Monica Caison; she is not only these things, she is a driving force to be reckoned with a tenacious toughness that she encompasses in her efforts to climb the mountains in finding resolutions for her families; never to give up. Monica has been a role model and teacher to me and so many others in many forms. Monica is selfless when it comes to the cause and the mission it serves, she shares in her abilities & knowledge by educating the CUE volunteers, the families, communities, & even at times law enforcement. There are many veteran volunteers at CUE whom I could say many similar things about and this is what makes this organization so special and unique in genuineness.
Working with the CUE family daily not only has allowed me to participate in the efforts of CUE from advocating, ground searches, community awareness campaigns, etc.. on behalf the families of missing. It has educated me in multitudes in what all is entailed for CUE to operate it's mission.

Not only do I feel blessed to be a volunteer with CUE but I am also a donor to the organization. I don't typically share this information publicly but I hope in sharing my perspective as a volunteer who is also donor that is able to see the REAL difference made day to day with donated funds, it would inspire others to get involved. CUE provides all their resources for FREE to the families of the missing and to law enforcement. When you hear the old saying "no strings attached" or "it's to good to be true".... literally, there are NO strings attached and it IS GOOD while being TRUE! The CUE Center relies on donations in order to operate. HUGE efforts are made to get the essentials donated and to keep any costs down/minimal in the forms of ground search efforts in hotel rooms, meals, travel expenses etc.. for searchers, printing materials, billboards, and the list goes on and on!! At the end of the day there are still costs to the organization in the ability to provide these resources needed to operate. The CUE Center's network of resources across the country is huge. There have been many times I have witnessed Monica bringing in a special resources clear across the country in order to aid a particular search. Many of these resources themselves are other non-for-profits who donate their time and capabilities but require travel costs in order to get there. This is just one small example of many, in which the CUE Center incurs a cost to aid a search. I can also share that these resources have proven instrumental in actual recoveries made just in the short time I have been around.

Last, I want to share how much I admire the strict ethical standards the CUE Center implements when it comes to fundraising in which they never raise money as an organization by way of using a missing persons name as a tool. I found this to be so admirable in light of all that goes on in the world of missing persons that many are unaware. With that being said I would like to also add there are many families who on their own accordance and desire have done their own fundraisers in support of the CUE Center and the mission as well as become volunteers and advocates for the missing themselves. I find these efforts amazing as many of these families in their grief have been selfless enough to in helping others of the same. It is not uncommon to show up on a search and find family members of a missing person there to support the family of the loved one being searched for. The difference the CUE Center makes in the lives of so many is a true blessing.

5 Donna80

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is so very grateful for the time and commitment by Ms. Caison and everyone in CUE. Through CUE we were able to find my youngest brother this year. He was slowly, in our opinion, killing himself living on his own. We rescued him and brougth him here to stay with us, and he has made a remarkable recovery! Thank you.

4 Katrina8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a part of CUE for about a year now, and whole heartily believe in what we do. Monica Caison is a very good person and has grown her vision and all of the volunteers give so freely. It is the best organization I have ever volunteered with. I will continue to support them as long as I can!

4 Samuel4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization was founded by my Mother, Monica Caison. I have seen first hand how she touches people's lives everywhere she goes. She does not think herself a hero, or truly important in this world... all the great people never do. I can never explain how proud I am of not only her but of all the people who took a chance on her. I have seen C.U.E. grow from a filing cabinet and outdated computer in the back of our little trailer and into a small army of people who wish for one thing: to do good. God bless you Mom, and God bless all the volunteers standing right there with her.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whenever I receive a call about a missing person, I advise the caller to register with CUE immediately. Monica Caison and the CUE crew are extraordinary. They put all else on the backburner to find the missing person, while assisting the family or loved ones to focus on important details and move through the intense emotional time with care and vigor. They are the experts. They have the resources and referrals; and they work with agencies, organizations and individuals as required for the search. They tender the families, friends and others of the missing person throughout the process of the search, and tender them on finding the loved one. It works. We are fortunate that CUE Center and Monica and her Crew exist. No other organization like CUE exists.

14 Shelly11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Monica Caison and CUE have been a blessing to our family. She helped us find our brother/son who was missing in another state. She suggested that we miss a Missing Person's report in Wilmington, NC since we found out he was there for a brief time. Because of Monica's knowledge and experience, we got connected to the right people and finally found our loved one. Monica and CUE helped save our loved one's life. We will forever be grateful to her! God Bless you for the amazing work you do to help families in a time that is like a living nightmare.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen CUE Center in action, working tirelessly to find a missing person. The expertise, caring and professional attributes this group has is incredible.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Community United Effort (CUE) was true to its name when a community of searchers from New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida recently came together to support my family in the recovery effort of William I Pound Jr. who had been missing for two years. Each volunteer associated with CUE came along side us and met us where we were. The campaign was successful - the discovery and positive identification of remains will help bring closure to this part of our family story. I was truly blessed to get to know some of the many volunteers participating. Each volunteer has a unique story and most have experienced the pain of having had a missing loved one and many still are living life with the uncertainty of not knowing where their loved one is. Not willing to be held captive by their circumstances or live a passive life in seclusion they have chosen to be an active participant in the "Community"; serving other families in need while continuing their search. I look forward to discovering my role in this Community United Effort.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Monica Caison & the CUE center is seriously a gift from God. This organization has changed the lives of so many. The resources and support they provide is absolutely phenomenal. All of the hard work and long hours put toward helping families find their loved ones who are missing never go unnoticed. They are able to give these families a glimmer of hope, and bring them one step closer to finding the truth and a resolution to the questions they've had for so long. It's so refreshing to know that someone out there is never going to give up hope and will never stop looking until they're found. I don't have any personal experience when it comes to knowing someone who is missing. However, I see the pain it can cause and the hardship it puts on a family, and Monica does her best to relieve that pain they're experiencing. The CUE center handles so many cases, but yet she is able to help every family on a one to one basis. Each case she is handed, she makes it personal. The person she's searching for and the loved ones they've left behind with all these questions automatically become family to her. I don't even know how she is able to keep up with everything she has on her plate, but she always manages to do it, and she does it well. If it weren't for the CUE center and all of the hard work, many families would still have unanswered questions and no amount of closure. I'm thankful that these families have found an organization that will never stop until answers are given! Keep up the great work.

4 Rick21

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with CUE almost 3 years ago when participating in a Search and Rescue with them. I was impressed at how Monica Caison ran her organization. People from all walks of life coming in as ground teams, horse teams, atvs and dog handlers. It was simply amazing! I knew that I had to become more deeply involved with this organization. As I watch it grow and help hundreds of families nationwide, I am proud of what CUE does and how it impacts these families in a positive manner. If a family has a missing loved one, CUE is the only organization I would tell them to contact. Rick Paxton

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got involved with Monica Caison when my Sister in law disappeared in July 5, 2010. This lady and all the lovely volunteers came to Mineral Wells, Tx to help search for Shonda in Feb 2011. There was about 200 to 250 volunteers from all over TX, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennesse and numerous other states, from 4-wheelers, Horses, K-9 and on foot. Know I am a State Coordinator for the State of Texas. I am honored to represent this foundation.. THank you Monica.

6 Donna72

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my friend, Kelly Rothwell, went missing on March 12, 2011, I was more than just devastated. In the days that followed, I knew that law enforcement wasn't going to be able to bring my friend back home. I was fortunate enough to learn of CUE through a reporter of all things. Monica Caison was in the field on a search when she personally took my call. She didn't hesitate in her response, "I can help." This was about 2 weeks after Kelly went missing. I had literally no hope when I made that phone call, but and hour later, after talking with Monica, I felt cared about, I felt that finally someone listened, someone knows what to do because I surely didn't, and the most reassuring thing was that I didn't feel so alone. All volunteers, all of the time, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day - there really aren't words to fully describe this gift of Monica Caison and her CUE Center for Missing Persons.

5 Tabatha M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Monica Casion is a amazing lady. Her number one goal is to be there for each family she serves. She goes over and beyond to ensure the needs of families are being net and she will never give up on any missing person. CUE as an organization works numerous hours everyday and all hours of the night to get any job or task complete. Everyone including Monica are volunteers but everyone treats each case and event as their job!

6 Tina28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became aware of CUE when my friend went missing in 2010. I will never forget that feeling of helplessness and desperation, searching for my friend. I had no idea that groups such as CUE existed to help families and loved ones of missing persons. I attended a CUE conference and realized that nobody has to go through this alone. CUE's amazing leader, Monica Caison directs this group of dedicated volunteers, who continue to fight daily for missing persons and their families. CUE is a non-profit, all volunteer program. Nobody who works with CUE, including the founder, Monica Caison, takes one penny in exchange for their services. This is a mission of love and a quest for justice...and CUE volunteers give willingly of their time and money to help families of missing persons. Nobody wants to be in this exclusive group...of having a loved one go missing...but, it gives me hope to know that CUE and Monica are always in the wing...ready to search and fight for justice...ready to lend helping hands, with open hearts. I now serve as a state outreach coordinator for CUE, and nothing I have ever accomplished in my life compares to the pride I feel when telling people about CUE.

6 Patty19

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a family member who has received help from CUE and I stand in awe of this amazing group and their leader Monica. I have seen first hand how this has changed our families life, to have someone just say, through all the craziness and heartbreak, I can help is beyond heaven sent in such a time. Not only do they say it they live it, breathe it, eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They never stop and they inspire their crew of volunteers with this same strength. God bless you all and the comfort you bring.

4 Madonna L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing. Everyone involved is an unpaid volunteer. CUE helps families in their most desperate time of need and help search for missing loved ones with no regard to race, sex, religious affiliation or social/economic status. Searches can include trained canine units, trained water search, rescue and recovery teams, medically trained personel, and too many more to list here. All of these services are offered at no cost to families. Based in Wilmington, NC, CUE and their volunteers will travel anywhere in the country to help find the missing. I have been involved with CUE for about 8 years and have witnessed first hand what a blessing these people are to the community they serve so selflessly. Every missing person and their family is important to CUE. They are an organization that you hope you never need but if you do, they will be there. I have never met anyone who has worked with CUE who hasn't been touched in a positive way. Even people who have not experienced the emotional turmoil of having a missing loved one( like so many of us in this organization have), once they hear the stories, and witness the nature of this group, can't help but want to be a part of it.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The planning of this search was for execution days Saturday and Sunday only, and planned a month ahead. This posting for this non profit is incorrect, as the organization sent a bolo out to all searchers and that was clearly stated in it's content. This volunteer with the negative comment was a first time searcher and wanted to arrive on Thursday and that request was denied as the organization can not pay for searchers to sit in hotel rooms waiting for a search.

The victims name should not be attached to a negative posting of any kind. This shows the level of "experience" of this volunteer. However, what is most up setting is that this person spelled her name wrong; the search was for Hope Meeks.

There was plenty of supplies, water, snacks items and lunch was also provided free to all searchers. In attendance was LEO, and many of the additional volunteers in attendance were CPR certified and had above standard training of a national level to include SAR Tech II.

The reason the area was visited by a few searchers with the presence of LEO was to assure access to the area and for visual results only, this is done at ever single search. I personally have attended with this organization. The assignments are provided to search volunteers for execution and most are not privileged to other information that the organization may have obtained.

This organization has never faltered in a search plan, even under extreme conditions of weather or locations, however I know first hand due to heat this search was called off for a return of the following day plan in an effort to protect all volunteers and safety issues with heat temperatures.

Any professional search person should be trained to carry on their person, survival kits, first aid and supplies for them and if obtaining a K9 for their partner, three days of mentioned supplies.

This organization has a great national standing in the search of missing persons, advocating for victims and working with LEO agencies across the nation.


7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I was asked to assist them in a cold case search in Oklahoma.

The search was far from professional and highly disorganized. For a group thats been around for quite some time my interaction with them will be my first and last.

Lack of proper planning

Searchers were delayed a day of searching because monica had not investigated the site prior to our arrival.

- Lack of sufficient communications for the searchers.

Searchers could not reach command on the radio - It presented a huge safety problem.

Any K9 handler will tell you when working a K9 you want to work them either early in the morning or later in the evening - not mid day when its over 100 degrees out.

Lack of support personnel and supplies

Water and supplies ran out and were not replaced

No EMS support - when you have folks out in the field you need to have proper support.

4 Patricia T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are a canine team who has assisted CUE for the past five years. During this time, we have meet and worked side by side with CUE members. This is an amazing group of people! The hardships they endure in searching for the missing are often times very difficult but it never deters them from their mission. They put aside their emotional and physical needs and give 100% of themselves to help others. They do this not because they are saints or heros; but because they believe they can make a difference.

3 dedekeene

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CUECENTER aka COMMUNITY UNITED EFFORT Monica caison Wilmington,Nortn Carolina,is the most amazing ONE WOMAN army i have ever met.She quite literally would be all places at the same time if it were Humanly Possible.Her desire and drive ,is unparalled in the SAR community.
I am so proud of Monica for every year she HOSTS the NATIONAL Roundtable Conference for Missing Persons in Wilmington.
Anyone fortunate enough to attend will walk away with a whole new point of view and much knowledge.
I have been a recipient of her training classes.GOD BLESS her and all CUE Volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is DeDe and my Husband is Dale Keene. we are Founders of A.M.A.L.P MINISTRY aka,America's Missing,Abducted and Lost Persons,based in SE,TX. Having known MONICA online for some time, I had the priviledge of attending the 2005 National Roundtable Conference for Missing Persons put on by Monica Caison and her CUE CENTER Volunteers. I can describe MONICA CAISON in a word,PHENOMINAL! She does something that changes the course of a search each time she starts out.SHE's in PRAYER asking GOD to Lead,Guide and Direct her path.IT is why She is so VITAL to the community of Missing Persons.SHE'S letting GOD lead her! Her HEART & SOUL is so deeply dedicated and committed to the plight of the Missing. Her support for FAMILIES of MISSING is unparalled. If we were able, Monica and CUE CENTER would never have to worry about funds again. People who have never experienced having a loved one go missing, CANNOT relate to this issue,but if they ever have someone go missing.MONICA is on call 24-7. Immediately networking ,getting the information online to all MP's ADVOCATES. GOD BLESS this woman and her work. IT IS HER CALLING,and she gratefully answered. SHE and her Group /Family of Volunteers are everything a Missing Persons Organization should be. Striveing to do more daily. PRAY for Monica ,that GOD will make a way for her Organization to continue the diligent,SUCCESSFUL hard work she does every single day! Sincerely DeDe & Dale Keene A.M.A.L.P MINISTRY http://www.voices4missing.ning.com

3 Beth P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

August,1984, my life was completely shattered- my abusive stepfather put the word out that my mom had left him, says he just came home from work one day n she was gone -yet her car sat in the driveway of her newly renovated dream house with a broken windshield, all her belongings gone, only our pics had been removed from their frames and hung back on the wall:/ ? we were ordered to
" NOT tell anyone & do not go to the police my lawyer will handle it" well rebel that I have always been, knowing deep in my heart something was very wrong with his lil story.. I ran to the police station, still I have no answers but I have continued on,,,.Because I made a promise to my mom years ago and I'll keep demanding answers and I'll fight for her every single day till we bring her home!

lt wasn't until 2006 that real heroes came into my life and started helping me pick up all the pieces ! First we were assigned a new detective that has been working hard ever since- Then a woman named Monica Caison ( and her van-ful of volunteers) rolled into my life at a CUE Rally Stop that I was attending in Waterbury Ct for another missing person. CUE has not left my side ever since !



Just having someone there that understands and guides you when you're lost , standing at that stupid brick wall again- it means everything but then ... for years and years and even more years, I prayed for a billboard for my mom ... Cue made that billboard happen !

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my niece Brittanee Drexel went missing on April 25, 2009 the world had changed for myself and my family. It was a feeling that I couldn't explain. The fear, pain, suffering, emptiness, sleepless nights always, tiredless efforts and the wondering has been a life challenge everyday. I met Monica Caison the founder shortly after and I had learened what she did and about the Cue Center. At first I was confused and didn't understand exactly everything but as time went on I seen and been there during my niece's searches and seen everything thst the Cue Center does for a family. When something like this happens to a family this Tragedy noone knows what to do, how to respond,who to reach out to,how to act and who to trust. Monica has taught myself gradually just all those answers I had right from the beginning. Trust was a big part for me. When it has to do with a love one in my family whom is missing you only want the Best Search and rescue Team in the World to help us. Monica has made that happen for me and my family and I will say her tireless nights, days, endless support thru out my family even with my youngest niece brittanee's sister, the education and knowledge that she has taught me during this period of time. My niece is still missing as of today May 21st 2010 but without Monica and her volunteers and just herself being whom she is today I don't think we would of reached this level.The Cue Center has made a difference in my life. I have now grown strong and even help as a volunteer for the Cue Center to give back what Monica and her other volunteers do for my niece and my family. The greatest gift ever is to show how much i really appreciate all she does and how she keeps going till the end and when it is the end I can promise you she will still be there for me and my family!! Thank You Monica for all you do for me, my family and so many other families across the country. It's organization's like this "THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE". Love, Keri Drexel

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Monica and the CUE Center for helping me bring awarness to my brothers unsolved homicide for 19 years now his murder has went unsolved. Monica ans The Cue Center helps so many people ans she understands what families go through when a loved one goes missing. the Pain, and the Anguish, the hurt. Most people do not understand what a family goes through whe a loved one has been murdered by someone that has never been cought held accountable. Or to not know where your child is, unless they have walked in there shoes. I praise God for Monica, the CUE Center and all their many Volunteers, they are angels and worth their wight in GOLD!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Monica, the founder of CUE is an exceptional human being

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Monica Caison and her band of volunteers took my mothers case November 2002. Just several days of her going missing. Even though our family soon found out that she was murdered, Monica and her volunteers still went out and searched for my mother. I ran into Monica in September of 2008 at one of her Road to remember tours in Whiteville NC. We spoke like no time had passed between us. It was then that I had decided to become involved with missing persons and had to do something to help another family. I headed up a fundraiser for CUE in honor of my mother. While trying to get exposure of the benefit for the CUE center I did several interviews with my local newspaper. In return Issac Bailey wanted to get my mothers murderers reaction so he wrote a letter to them. One of the men responded to the letter. My sister gave the letter to Monica Caison and she ran with it. In just minutes of talking to me on the phone the day she recieved his letter (12-16-2009) she formed a search for the following day and hit dirt literally. My mothers remains were found by Monica Caison and CUE. Do to their determination to bring our mother home, so we could give her a proper burial. Would never have happened if not for them. The unconditional caring and love they have for their clients is so genuine. I am proud to have met this organization. And honored to say that it is this organization CUE who brought my mother home to us almost six years after she was murdered.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a very unique organization that strives to bring the missing home so each family member experiences closure. It started out as a local group that has spread to a national level led by one lady on a mission. The calling was answered by Monica Caison who formed a group of dedicated individuals to look for the missing at times closing cold cases that only with the family remains active. What more noble organization then to bring loved ones home dispite impossible odds. Thanks Monica for caring the cause.

3 CUE Center

Board Member

Rating: 1

Just wanted to thank lisa for placing our information here, hopefully it can bring more help to our organization and offer others to learn about our center, thank you