The journey to a new, permanent office located in San Marcos has begun for the child advocacy organization Court Appointed Advocates of Central Texas.
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CASA of Central Texas Superheroes Capital Campaign Trailblazers
Trailblazers are the first donors to make a gift or pledge in support of the Superheroes Capital Campaign.
Mary Alice Bethancourt
Norma & Chris Blackwell+^
Bruce Boyer & Toya Ohlrich
Burdine Johnson Foundation
Carola & John Davis*^
Donna & Archie Dishman*+
Rep. Lloyd & Libby Doggett
Debbie & Joe Engbrock*
Linda & Stanley Finch
Hays County Sheriff Cutler
Hays Energy, LLC
Mallory & Shane Hines*
Hobby Family Foundation
Karen Sleighter John*^
Teresa & David Junkin*+
Carolyn & Ren Liner*^
Lynda & Robert McNab*^
Jan & Bill Morton^
San Marcos Lions Club
Tricia & Mike Schneider+^
Tomblin Family Foundation
Martha & Clark Walter^
Walton Development & Management
* CASA Board of Directors
+ Campaign Steering Committee
^ CASA Staff and/or Volunteer Advocate
MCCOY GIFT TO CASA
“I’m so pleased to be able to make this gift to help children in need. I am also so grateful to the CASA Board, leadership, administration and volunteers that work so hard, ”said Mrs. McCoy at the check presentation, which took place at the McCoy’s Building Supply corporate office. “The work you do is emotional and important. I thank you for all you do to help the children.”
The donation was made to the organization’s Capital Campaign to build a volunteer training and support center on Hunter Road in San Marcos. CASA of Central Texas has been in the area for 33 years, but this will be the first time to build and own a facility in Hays County. Miriam McCoy’s generous donation will ensure the project moves along the planned timeline with groundbreaking scheduled this July.
“We plan to nearly double the number of children CASA serves each year by building this new volunteer training center and headquarters in the heart of our community,” CASA of Central Texas Board President JoAnn Germer said. “This facility will vastly increase the number of volunteers we can train and support both now and into the future, and we greatly appreciate Mrs. McCoy’s gift that moves us toward our goal.”
When a child is removed from an unsafe home environment a judge may appoint a committed volunteer to help. That volunteer is called a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or CASA. CASA volunteers are screened, highly trained and then appointed by judges to represent and advocate for a child’s best interest in the child protection system.
San Marcos resident John Barthel spotted a newspaper article about CASA and decided to learn more about the program. He was sworn in as a volunteer in 2011.
“I have learned the value to a child of having an adult just ‘be there’ consistently over the long haul,” Barthel said about his time as a CASA volunteer. “Both in good times and bad, it seems that having a loyal, consistent, non-judging adult can reduce some of the anxiety in a foster child’s life, and provide some much needed stability.”
CASA volunteers are each assigned to help one child or set of siblings at a time, so they can focus on giving that child or sibling group the individualized advocacy and attention that they need. But, as CASA of Central Texas Executive Director Norma Blackwell said, this leaves more than half of the children in state care without the advantage of a CASA at their side
“Right now CASA has about 250 volunteers, and each year we see more than 800 children in our community who need our services,” Blackwell said. “Because we aim to advocate for every child who needs us, our focus right now is to dramatically increase the number of CASA volunteers we recruit, train and support.”
Mrs. McCoy’s daughter Brenda McCoy Remme and sons Brian McCoy and Mike McCoy are very excited about CASA’s building plans, and spoke about the tireless dedication of CASA’s volunteer advocates, a few of whom they know personally. They are aware of the hope CASA volunteers give to children who have suffered from unimaginable abuse and neglect.
“Great things get done because of the wonderful work of volunteers,” Brian McCoy said. “When mom and dad get the opportunity to connect to causes close to home, they are very pleased to give support. It’s amazing what people can overcome when they have a little help.”
The facility site is located at the corner of Hunter Road and Reimer Avenue in San Marcos and building plans are underway.
“We have an excellent team lined up to build CASA’s training and support center,” said Blackwell. “CASA is pleased to be working with local firms including Wood & Thomason Construction, Fuse Architecture, Alpha Associates, Doucet & Associates, Dunaway Associates, ECM International, Coleman & Associates, and X5 Engineering.”
CASA welcomes additional donations to support their campaign to expand CASA’s program services to help more abused and neglected children from Central Texas. Donations may be mailed to CASA of Central Texas, attn: Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 1267, San Marcos, TX 78667.
To learn more about becoming a CASA volunteer, visit www.casacentex.org.
Capital Campaign Kickoff
CASA held a kickoff for their Capital Campaign November 13, 2014 at the Hays County Government Center in San Marcos, where supporters saw plans for the facility and heard from local elected officials.
“We support you fully at the county court, we support what you do,” said Hays County Judge Bert Cobb. “You get more than you give when you work with CASA, I guarantee you that.”
“This area is growing, and so is the need for our services,” said JoAnne Germer, CASA of Central Texas Board of Directors President. “San Marcos is the fastest growing city in the U.S. and as the population increases, so does the number of children who are being abused – we’ve seen an average increase of 5-10 percent every year in the number of children who are in the state’s protective custody. We need this new facility to train and support more advocates for the community’s children.”
The new facility will allow CASA to work toward the goal of providing a CASA volunteer to all of the children in State Care.
“We believe that every child deserves a CASA volunteer,” said CASA of Central Texas Executive Director Norma Castilla-Blackwell. “To accomplish this, the first step is to make sure we are equipped to properly train and support those volunteers. This new facility will allow us to do that, and I hope everyone will come join us as we begin this new venture.”
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