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Review for Casa Center for Positive Social Change, Phoenix, AZ, USA

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

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Review for Casa Center for Positive Social Change, Phoenix, AZ, USA

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

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Role:  Former staff & Managed the Rape Prevention Education Program.
Casa Cares (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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.