CASA of Santa Cruz House Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

CASA of Santa Cruz House Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

CASA Times Publishing Group Inc tpgonlinedaily.comThis year marks the ten-year anniversary of the Casa for CASA Capital Campaign. Ten years ago, a dedicated group of staff, Board and community members launched the Campaign to raise funds to purchase the beautiful CASA home in Watsonville.

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Kathleen Hilger, Earleen Overend, Ginny Mazry Solari, and Mary Solari.

The vision of this campaign was to create a space for children to spend time with their Court Appointed Special Advocates in a warm inviting setting that would feel like home. CASA volunteers spend time each week with a child in foster care who has been abused or neglected to get to know them and advocate for their best interests in school, Court, and the community.

The vision of the Casa for CASA Campaign was realized and now the House hosts children and Advocates daily from 12-5pm, where they can read in the library and learning center, cook together in the full kitchen, watch movies and play video games in the huge cozy living room, and do arts and crafts in the crafting room. The staff also works out of this house.

CASA acknowledged the incredible donors who made the house possible at a celebration brunch in June. Lynne Petrovic, Executive Director, warmly recognized, “They trusted us with their investment, and for that we are honored.

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Dale Johnson, Margaret Gordon, David Fulton, and Judge Rebecca Connolly.

They were investing in an idea, not just brick and mortar, but a hope that the home would be a sanctuary for children who had experienced loss, trauma, and abuse.”

The sanctuary was indeed created. CASA staff have seen youth come back to visit and reach out for help even after their case with Dependency Court closed. Advocates have said it’s where their children ask to come because they feel safe.

The home has been host to holiday parties of all sorts, and there have been countless moments of joy, learning, and growth within those walls.

CASA invites community members to come to the house for a tour.

Tours are scheduled Monday — Friday in the morning. Please contact Lyndsey Marks at (831) 761-2956 to set up a tour.

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Former CASA Board (from left): Dale Johnson, Amy Harrington, Leola Lapides, Marilyn Koll, Kent Thompson (back), Patrice Keet, Carmen Arriaga-Kumasaka, and Nancy Sherrod, former CASA Executive Director.

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