Brush Country CASA would like to give a special thank you to the Alice Rotary Club for inviting Nicole to give a presentation at their weekly meeting. We are truly grateful to have been able to share our passion for CASA with the Alice Rotary Club.
On March 6, 2016 the County Attorney's Office held the 2nd Annual Easter Eggstravaganza which included activities for the children, door prizes, information from various resource centers in our community and an Easter Egg Hunt. The event is held to encourage the Community to stand together against crime. Whether dealing with issues of domestic violence, child abuse or any type of crime, it is important for us to stand together and report lawlessness in our community.
The Kingsville Auto Club hosted the Texas Independence Day Car Show to benefit Brush Country CASA and the Animal Rescue Kleberg (ARK). This year the Car Show was held on March 5, 2016. Approximately 50 vehicles entered for a chance to win an award which included "Top Ten", Club Favorite and Bob Neely & Red Klassen Memorials. Brush Country CASA would like to thank the Kingsville Auto Club for their continued support and belief in our mission.
Hundreds of people showed up for this years Orange Grove Family Night Out Health Fair on March 3, 2016. Over twenty exhibitors set up booths containing valuable information about the many services available in Jim Wells County. Brush Country CASA was among those exhibitors. Jennifer and Nicole spoke with many people about our program and the benefits it has for the children we serve. We are so grateful to have been invited to participate in this event and we look forward to next year.
“Out with the old and in with the new”— is a phrase often used by those who make a list of resolutions at the start of every New Year. Some resolve to kick bad habits like smoking or eating junk food; others may want to lose weight or spend less money.
Resolutions are different for everyone, but they all serve the same objective—to make life changes for the better.
If you’re looking for a new way to make changes, resolve to help others in need. More than 24,000 children in the Texas foster care system need caring adults to look out for them. They need a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate®) volunteer to help get through the foster care system as quickly as possible, and into loving homes where all their needs are met and their dreams can flourish.
Last year, 47,508 abused and neglected children were in the Texas foster care system. They were separated from their families, siblings, friends and other loved ones, and often placed in unfamiliar setting far away from their homes.
Child Protective Services workers usually handle two or three dozen cases, each of which can involve multiple children. As a result, many children fall through the cracks, stay in foster care longer than necessary and may not receive the help they need to begin to heal. The state of Texas is not a good parent. Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, permanent home.
Brush Country CASA has served 176 last year. More than 36 CASA volunteers spoke up for abused and neglected children who, through no fault of their own, ended up in foster care. Unfortunately, more than half of the children in care do not have CASA volunteers.
How can you help? Consider becoming a CASA volunteer and make a difference in a child’s life and your own. Talk to your friends and family members about CASA or invite us to give a presentation to your co-workers, group or organization. The number one way we recruit volunteers is through word of mouth!! To learn more please contact Nicole Johnson by calling 361-595-7233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every child in foster care needs someone to help them through this difficult time.
Riviera National Honor Society
Riviera National Honor Society chose CASA as the beneficiary of their service project this holiday season. They collected 17 stuffed animals, 7 coats and one blanket for our CASA children. Thank you Riviera NHS!! Keep up the outstanding work!
Pictured: Nicole Johnson, Brush Country CASA Outreach Director, Michael Catter and Gilley Aguilar.
Zimmerman Law Firm
Zimmerman Law Firm held their annual Adopt an Angel Toy Drive and collected an astronomical amount of toys for the children in Kleberg County. Thank you to Zimmerman Law Firm and all of the community members who participated. It is because of your support that our children are sure to have a Merry Christmas this year.
Pictured: Jeffrey Byrd, Brush Country CASA Volunteer, Brenda Navarro, Brush Country CASA Administrative Assistant, Melissa Salinas, Zimmerman Law Firm, Nicole Poritsanos, Brush Country CASA Volunteer and Denise Zimmerman, Zimmerman Law Firm
Girl Scouts Troop 9220
Brush Country CASA is so grateful for our good friends in The Girl Scouts Troop 9220 for their continued support. This year the girls used their cookie money to provide presents for 17 children in foster care. Thank you so very much for your generosity, girls. It means a lot to Brush Country CASA and the children we serve! Special thank you to Robin Vitale (not pictured) for always lending a helping hand to Brush Country CASA.
Pictured: (top) Sofia Gomez, Jordan Montalvo, Dakota Vitale, Mikayla Salinas and Heaven Salazar
(bottom) Faith Salazar, Briana Cessor and Meagan Barcena.
Navy Army Community Credit Union
Thank you to the staff and customers at Navy Army CCU!! We are so thankful to have friends like you in our community!
Pictured:Michelle Lozano and Nicole Johnson, Brush Country CASA Outreach Director
St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel and Newman Hall
St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel and Newman Hall held a toy drive for CASA this year which generated two large boxes of toys for the kiddos. Special thank you to Alex Lopez, Chris Mosher, Natalie James, Vanessa Valdez, Elizabeth Morales, Alexandria Brooks, Keleen McClure and all those who contributed to this toy drive. It was a BIG success! We appreciate all of you very much!!
The Cavalry Trail Riders Association
The Cavalry Trail Riders Association held a trail ride on December 5th in Orange Grove, Texas. The price to enter on the trail ride was an unwrapped toy for CASA. The Cavalry received a plethora of toys along with monetary donations which were used to purchase additional toys. Brush Country CASA was excited to participate in such a unique and exciting toy drive this holiday season. Thank you so very much to everyone involved in this fantastic organization. We had a blast!
From Bowling with the Chamber Ambassadors to posing in front of the "fire place", Nicole was having a blast at the Christmas Parties this year.
One of the highlights for Brush Country CASA this Holiday Season was participating in the Christmas Parades in Jim Wells and Kleberg County. Although the weather was rainy the staff was still able to ban together and produce a float to be proud of. Special thank you to Brandon Perryman who did an awesome job with the woodwork!
Brush Country CASA was present at this years Kleberg County Fall Health Fair on November 20th. Lots of folks showed up to get information and services which included free flu shots and diabetes screening.
County Judge Rudy Madrid was there handing out free tickets to see Kevin Fowler!!
On November 10, 2015, the Kleberg County District Attorney, John Hubert, presented Brush Country CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) with a $5,000 check from the District Attorney's Asset Forfeiture Fund to provide services for child victims of abuse and neglect. The District Attorney's Office applied these funds to the Coastal Bend Day of Giving where their donation for Brush Country CASA was doubled.
Brush Country CASA recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who advocate for the best interest of children who are before the Court as a result of abuse and neglect as defined by the state Child Welfare Laws. Brush Country CASA's goal is to place these children in safe, nurturing environments as quickly as possible.
We would like to express our gratitude for Mr. Hubert and the Kleberg County Commissioners for their generous contribution.
Brush Country CASA was nominated for the 2015 Valero Benefit for Children and was awarded $8,000.The Valero Benefit for Children raises money for children’s charities in the communities where Valero has major operations. The Valero Texas Open, together with the Valero Benefit for Children, is one of the top charitable tournaments on the PGA TOUR. Since it became title sponsor in 2002, Valero has raised more than $100 million, the fastest to do so on TOUR.
The money awarded to Brush Country CASA will be used to recruit, train and support community volunteers who help guide children through the foster care system by gathering information from everyone in the child's life. The volunteer then provides the Judge with recommendations regarding placement of the children and services they may benefit from. Our goal is to make sure that these children find a safe, nurturing and permanent home as quickly as possible.
In 2014 Brush Country CASA served 172 of the 240 children in DFPS custody in our service area, which includes Kleberg, Duval, Brooks, Kendy, and Jim Wells Counties. Sadly the number of children in care are rising and CASA is working diligently to bring more CASA volunteers to the children in our community who so desperately need them. With the help of Valero, we are now one step closer. Thank you so very much for your continued support. Together we will make a difference in the life of a child. For more information about Brush Country CASA and how you can become a CASA Volunteer, please contact Nicole by phone at 361.595.7233, or by email at email@example.com.