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LisaValentino1966

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Review for Community United Effort (CUE), Wilmington, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Community United Effort-CUE Center for Missing Persons, began over 12 years ago when my sister Allison Jackson Foy went missing from Wilmington NC.

As a family from out of state, traveling to an unknown city to find our missing loved one,we had no idea what to expect, what to do or who to turn to for help. We met with law enforcement and then were pretty much on our own, making flyers searching in the worst parts of town and trying to just wrap our heads around the fact that my sister Allison was missing and what that really meant.

As a family in this situation, you feel as if no one is listening to you(at that time especially law enforcement) and in our case that nobody truly cared. Over and over again we heard "she'll turn up", "She's an adult,she has a right to walk away", and the list goes on. Whenever we tried to explain that Allison would not just pick up and leave without her two children we heard those exact same lines. There was no search, there was no investigation, there was just us!

Until we were given CUE center's information and we made a call. Monica Caison and this organization did for our family and our missing loved one what nobody else did. Searching the city of Wilmington, being our advocate and teaching me to be my sisters advocate, working with law enforcement, getting Allison's story in the media and so much more. Even after we left Wilmington, CUE continued to work to find my sister, never giving up hope and teaching my family and I the same. Late night phone calls, meetings with law enforcement, active searches for Allison and all at no cost ever to myself or anyone in our family .

Two and a half years later Allison was recovered, although it was months before she was identified through DNA. (we knew it was her) Without this incredible organization and the tenacity of Monica Caison and her volunteers we would have never found Allison and would have never been able to bring her home. We would have never had answers for her children, my brother and sister or my father. The hardest part truly is the not knowing.

12 years later as we seek justice final resolution and an arrest in Allison's case, CUE Center still stands and fights with us. Why? Because this organization cares, they are in it for the long haul, fighting for the missing and their families on a daily basis. They understand the epidemic that is the missing in our world and take action on a daily basis.

Over the years I have become more than just a "client served". I believe in this organization so much that I have become a volunteer and serve as the NJ State Outreach Coordinator. In those roles I have once again experienced CUE at work, but this time with numerous other families who have walked this path.

This organization is second to none in the field of missing persons. Highly skilled volunteers from all over the country certified and trained, tops in their field. They do so much more than flyers, they are a "boots on the ground organization", National Conferences held yearly for training, the National Road Tour, internships, mentoring, and even a program for young people: "Safe and Found".

In closing, I cannot be more thankful or grateful for CUE, all the volunteers and of course the founder Monica Caison. I am honored to serve this organization alongside some incredible volunteers nationwide. And if you are looking for a charity to donate to, this is the one. All monies go directly to the search effort and no one including the founder ever havereceived a salary.

To date, CUE has help over 12,000 families like mine, because; "Every missing person is somebody's child"!


Role:  Client Served