CASA Receives Donation From Wells Fargo Bank in Alice, Texas

 

wells fargo

 
Brush Country CASA would like to thank Wells Fargo Bank for their generous donation. We are so blessed to have friends like Wells Fargo Bank who are always willing to lend a helping hand. CASA is a non-profit organization who recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers as they help guide children through the foster care system. The child victims of abuse and neglect in our community are desperately seeking someone to be their voice and to advocate for their safety and happiness. Will you be that voice? If you are interested in learning more about how you can make a difference in the life of a child, please contact Nicole Johnson at 361-595-7233.

Pictured: Daniel Garza – Senior Vice President, Business Banking
Jennifer Martinez - Interim Executive Director, Brush Country CASA
JoAnn Rose – Wells Fargo District Manager, Coastal Bend

CASA Swears in New Volunteers

Brush Country CASA is excited to announce that three new volunteers were sworn in on June 25, 2015  by Judge Micheal V. Garcia (center). (left to right) Yvonne Gutierrez, Rosie Vargas and Brenda Kohler are excited to be the newest addition to CASA’s team of wonderful volunteers. Brush Country CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) speaks up for children who have been abused and neglected in Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, and Kleberg Counties.  For more information on becoming a CASA volunteer please contact Nicole Johnson at 361-595-7233 or by email at casarecruiter.7233@sbcglobal.net. 

 

Brush Country CASA is excited to announce that four new CASA Volunteers were sworn in on May 12, 2015 by Judge Alfred L. Isassi (center). (left to right) Tracie Contreras, Ivette Ruiz, Markaye Calkins and Stephen Lopez have completed their training to become a CASA Volunteer. Brush Country CASA is pleased to welcome these four individuals to our CASA family. CASA Volunteers are appointed by the court to represent the best interest of those children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect. They offer children a consistent helping hand to guide them through the foster care system and a strong voice by advocating on their behalf. As a result, children represented by CASA Volunteers are more likely to: receive the services and resources they and their families need; maintain stable placements while in foster care; and avoid the court system once their case is dismissed.
 

Lions Club Supports CASA

Noon Lions Club

Brush Country CASA would like to thank the Kingsville Noon Lions Club for their generous donation. Brush Country CASA is a non-profit organization who recruits, trains, and most importantly supports community volunteers. Those volunteers then help guide children through the foster care system by gathering information related to their specific case and reporting their findings to the Court. CASA volunteers stand up without compromise for what is in the child's best interest. CASA is so grateful to have friends like the Kingsville Noon Lions Club. Together we will make a difference one child at a time. For information on becoming a CASA volunteer or to learn how you can donate to CASA, please contact Nicole Johnson at 361-595-7233 or by email at casarecruiter.7233@sbcglobal.net.

Union Pacific Donates to CASA

 

Union Pacific

Kingsville, TX – Mr. Buck E. Russel, Manager Public Safety of Union Pacific Railroad is pictured presenting a generous $6,500 check to Brenda Navarro, Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Martinez, Interim Executive Director, Nicole Johnson, Outreach Director and Bridgette Vidaurri, Volunteer Supervisor of Brush Country CASA. Mr. Russel and Union Pacific believe in contributing to the communities along the Union Pacific railway. The Union Pacific Foundation supports the efforts of Brush Country CASA who helps this community by advocating for its most vulnerable citizens – the abused and neglected children who are removed from their homes. The donation will help recruit, train and support volunteers who will speak up in court for these children.

The services CASA provides is not duplicated by any other social service program. It takes someone special to be a volunteer who will make a difference in the lives of these children. These volunteers are the “eyes and ears” of the Judge and speak up for child victims in court. Will you step up to the challenge of making a difference in the life of an abused and neglected child? Please contact our offices at either 361.595.7233 or for more information go to our website at: www. brushcountrycasa.org.

CASA in the News!

Brush Country CASA made the front page of the May 7, 2015 issue of the Falfurrias Facts. CASA was featured regarding the First Annual Candlelight Vigil in Falfurrias, Texas. 
We are so grateful to be welcomed into the community. Thank you to the Falfurrias Facts and everyone who contributed to the success of our event. We look forward to working with you in the future.

CASA Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Our outstanding group of community volunteers stand up without compromise for the best interest of the children who have been removed from their homes and placed in foster care due to abuse and neglect.  The impact they have on the children they serve is one that will last for generations to come. Thank you so very much for all of the work you do to insure that no child falls through the cracks of the system.

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
May 14, 2014
The Cherry Tree Tea Room
Kingsville, Texas

The Flower Box Helps CASA Reach Hundreds

If you received flowers from The Flower Box in Kingsville, Texas this Mother's Day, chances areyou received a special card from your local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program asking you to "share your love with a child in need." CASA is unique in that it empowers ordinary people to serve as officers of the court and work with and on behalf of foster children. Our wonderful group of trained community volunteers make a lifelong difference in the lives of the children they represent.

Every child deserves a mothers love...

The CASA gets to know a child in foster care by visiting them wherever they are placed, gathering information from everyone involved in the child's life and reporting information and recommendations to the court to help the court make informed decisions. The CASA volunteer advocates for the child in the foster care, educational, medical, mental health and court systems so that each child gets the individualized, sustained attention needed for the child to find a caring, safe, permanent home.

Child abuse and neglect is a problem of epidemic proportion. In 2014, there were 82 children removed from their homes and placed in foster care right here in Kleberg County. So, this Mother's Day we ask you to consider becoming a CASA volunteer because "every child deserves a mother'slove." Stand up for a child, and vow that the cycle of abuse and neglect stops here.

We are so grateful to The Flower Box for allowing CASA to have the opportunity to reach so many. Thank you so very much from all of us here at Brush Country CASA.

Left to Right: Monica Mirelez, Lauren Hernandez, Bobby Barbour, Diana Fields, Suzette White and Nicole Johnson

CASA Visits Hillcrest Elementary in Alice, Texas

Brush Country CASA was invited to join Hillcrest Elementary for their Anit-Bullying rally which was held on May 1st during their Physical Education Class.

Nicole spoke to the children about the importance of treating others the way you would like to be treated. The children also played several games which promoted unity and team work.

Thank you for the invitation Mrs. Y!! We had a wonderful time!!

Farewell to Seana Towler

It is with great sadness that we announce, Seana Towler will no longer sit as Executive Director of Brush Country CASA. She has accepted a position at CASA of the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi, Texas. Although we are sad to see her go, we are happy to see this new chapter unfold in her life.

We are forever grateful to have had you as our Executive Director and  for everything  you have done for Brush Country CASA. We wish you much success in the future. We love you!!

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Brush Country CASA would like to invite all of our AMAZING CASA Volunteers to please join us for a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on May 14, 2015. We have such a wonderful group of volunteers and we would like to thank you for your hard work. 

Please RSVP if you can or cannot attend.

Child Abuse Awareness Month

Here at Brush Country CASA we are committed to educating the community about child abuse and neglect. It is important that we all do our part to eliminate this epidemic. If you SUSPECT a child is being abused and neglected it is imperative that you REPORT IT!! We can't do everything, but each of us can do something.

REPORT ABUSE:

By Phone: 1-800-252-5400 Online: https://www.txabusehotline.org/Login/Default.aspx

Candlelight Vigils

Kleberg County

The Kleberg County Candlelight Vigil was held on April 14, 2015 at the Kleberg County Courthouse in Kingsville, Texas.

 

Jim Wells County

The Jim Wells County Candlelight Vigil was held on April 21, 2015 at the Jim Wells County Courthouse in Alice, Texas.

 

Brooks County

The first ever Brooks County Candlelight Vigil was held on April 28, 2015 at the Brooks County Courthouse in Falfurrias, Texas.

 

 

Kingsville Auto Club Donates to CASA

The Kingsville Auto Club held their Texas Independence Day Car Show on March 14, 2015 and raised $6,700 for two local charities, Brush Country CASA and Animal Rescue Kleberg (ARK). CASA was presented with a check in the amount of $3,800 on April 29, 2015.

Thank you Kingsville Auto Club!!! We truly appreciate your continued support!!!

Children’s Spring Festival – Jim Wells County

The 2nd Annual Children's Spring Festival in Jim Wells County was held on April 25, 2015 in Alice, Texas. Brush Country CASA, The Department of Family and Protective Services, and the Child Welfare Board teamed up to bring this event to the children and families of Jim Wells County. Around 100 patrons braved the mosquitoes to join us for fun under the sun at Anderson Park. A special thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this event.

Children’s Spring Festivals in Kleberg County

Brush Country CASA, The Department of Family and Protective Services and The Kleberg County Child Welfare Board hosted the 10th Annual Children's Spring Festival at the Dick Kleberg Park Recreation Center in Kingsville, Texas on April 18, 2015. The festival is held in observation of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. Despite the unpredictable weather over 100 patrons showed up to help bring awareness to child abuse in Kleberg County. 10 years ago Ms. Monica Pena, CPS, wanted to reach out to the community and host an event for families to attend together so she and her co-workers went to work and held the 1st ever Children's Spring Festival in 2005. Over the years the event gained momentum and grew into what it is today. We are forever grateful to Ms. Monica, CPS, The Kleberg County Child Welfare Board, and everyone else who has contributed to make this event a success year after year.

2014 DFPS Annual Report and Data Book Released

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) released their reports for 2014 earlier this week. Below you will find the statistics that pertain to Brush Country CASA's service areas. Based on these statistics Brush Country CASA Volunteers served 172 of the 240 children in DFPS Custody. That is 72% of children served. Brush Country CASA’s goal is 100% of children served. If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer please contact the CASA office at 361-595-7233. For the complete Annual Report and Data Book please visit http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DFPS/Data_Books_and_Annual_Reports/2014/default.asp.

Brush Country CASA Featured in Family Magazine

Brush Country CASA is excited to be featured in the February issue of Kingsville Family Magazine which is a new monthly family and community publication for Kingsville and surrounding areas. The primary focus of the magazine is family and the community. Their monthly issues feature informative articles, columns, community events, education, finance, local resources and much more. CASA's article touched on the important work our volunteer do for the children in our community while emphasizing on the staggering number of children who are still waiting for a CASA. We would like to extend a special thank you to Claudia Rivas Acosta for including us in this months issue. To view February's issue visit http://issuu.com/kingsvillefamilymagazine/docs/february_2015/1. For more information about the Kingsville Family Magazine please send an email to info@kingsvillefamilymag.com.

Youth Making a Difference (YMAD) Book Drive

The Youth Making a Difference (YMAD) group are a team of students from Collins-Parr Elementary School in San Diego, Texas who do several civic-minded activities in the community. YMAD held a book drive for Brush Country CASA and collected upwards of 250 books for CASA which will be given to children in foster care throughout our area. We are so very thankful for this generous donation. CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a non-profit organization who recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who then help guide children through the foster care system. CASA volunteers are average people with big hearts who want to make a difference in the life of a child. For more information on Brush Country CASA please call Nicole at 361-595-7233.