Zeb Pike Staff Attend Annual CASA Fundraiser
Several staff from Zeb Pike Youth Services Center and a representative from Youth for Christ attended the 17th annual Light of Hope CASA of the Pikes Peak Region fundraiser. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) train and supervise volunteers to represent the best interest of victims of child abuse, neglect and severe domestic conflict.
According to their website, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be the voice of these children in court and in the community. The desired result is that children are placed into safe, loving homes where they can thrive. This year’s keynote speaker was 17 year old Colin, who was six years old when he was placed in his first foster home and endured the traumatic effects of living in 13 different placements. His CASA advocate was the one consistent adult he could count on during that period of his life. Through one of CASAs programs, his advocate was able to successfully locate family members who were eager to provide Colin with a safe, permanent and loving home.
This year’s breakfast gala, held at the Antlers hotel in downtown Colorado Springs, had a profound effect on all that attended, particularly those at the Zeb Pike table. Andy LaValley of Youth for Christ commented on the effect CASA has on the entire system. “The better work organizations like CASA do, the less kids there are that end up in the system. What a great organization. Delores Sianez-Terrazas from Zeb Pike did not know much about CASA before attending. “This was a great event to attend. I learned a lot about CASA and what a great organization it is.”
To learn more about CASA, please visit their website at www.casappr.org.