CASA Up Close | September 2019
Welcome to another edition of CASA Up Close Monthly. Please feel free to contact CASA for more information about anything you read. And, as always, thank you for your continued support! Use these quick links to get involved.
In this Issue

  • Training Dates
  • CASA Classic Golf Tournament
  • Information Sessions
  • CASA Superhero Run
  • Continuing Education
  • Events Benefitting CASA
  • CARS for CASA
  • Community Support
Letter from the Executive Director
A day in the making for five years has finally arrived! Contractors and trade crews mobilized on August 7th to begin construction of CASA’s new 6,000sf Training & Support Center in San Marcos. The land has been cleared and bulldozers, backhoes, grubbers and loaders are now on-site!

I am so excited to see our vision becoming reality! Through these doors in the coming years will walk hundreds of volunteer advocates who have raised their hands to help our community’s most vulnerable children. In a world full of pop heroes, sports heroes and fantasy heroes, it’s easy to overlook the real heroes – ordinary people doing extraordinary things. CASA is filled with such heroes. From the children who overcome unimaginable challenges and rise above their circumstances, to the CASA volunteers who show unwavering commitment to these children, and sometimes even single-handedly hold families together.
Because we aim to advocate for every child who needs us, our way forward is clear – dramatically increase the number of volunteers we recruit, train and support. Our new facility will help expand CASA services in our 4-county area of Hays, Caldwell, Comal and Guadalupe Counties - and greatly narrow the gap between children in need and children served.  

As a CASA donor, you empower CASA volunteers to be a strong voice for children. By helping those who are most vulnerable – children who have been abused, neglected and abandoned – you create a legacy for a better community today and a better future tomorrow. We invite you to build upon your personal legacy, or to start a legacy, with a gift to CASA that will be commemorated when you purchase a brick paver that will line the entranceway of the new Training & Support Center.
You can be a part of this extraordinary milestone as construction advances on CASA’s first permanent home in Hays County, Texas. Don’t miss out on this unique, limited-time opportunity!

Please take a moment to check out our Pave The Way For Impact program. It is your way to be a part of this time in CASA's journey and show everyone you support our important mission.

Thank you for your continued support! I look forward to welcoming you to the grand opening in Spring 2020!
Thank you, 

Norma Castilla-Blackwell
CASA of Central Texas
Executive Director
CASA of Central Texas is pleased to be working with these outstanding project partners:
Become a CASA Volunteer

Final Training Dates of 2019

September 11 - October 9
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

September 12 - October 10
1 - 5 p.m.

September 14 - September 28
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

October 16 - November 13
1 - 5 p.m.

October 17 - November 14
4:30 - 8:30 p.m.

November 2 - November 16
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Application deadline prior to each cycle is two weeks before start of training. Submit your volunteer application here . 

For more information on training courses, contact Layla Coleman at 512-392-3578, 830-626-2272, or by email.

One-hour pre-training interview to occur at least one week before start of each training cycle. Mandatory 10-hour online class to be completed during the training cycle. 
CASA Classic

October 28, 2019
San Marcos
Don’t scramble at the last minute! With the tournament only two months away, more than half of the team spots for the 2019 Corridor Title – CASA Classic Golf Tournament are filled. Secure your spot as a team, sponsor, or individual today!
The 2019 tournament will feature an assortment of exciting firsts. You can make history with CASA on Monday, October 28, by joining us at the tournament’s new venue, the Kissing Tree Golf Club, and partaking in this year’s headlining helicopter golf ball drop with a Grand Prize offered by Harper Hill Ranch .

The lucky winner of the helicopter golf ball drop will enjoy a 2-night stay at the Harper Hill Ranch . Located on a peaceful ranch, 88-acres outside of New Braunfels, this historical home sleeps 22 people and has plenty of amenities for everyone to enjoy. In addition, the winner will be gifted 2 rounds of golf (4 players each) at the Kissing Tree Golf Club in San Marcos!

Also, like never before, this year’s golfers can look forward to not one, but three hole-in-one prizes ! Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner who takes home a Jeep Wrangler Sport, or a 2019 Polaris Sportsman 850, or even $10,000 in prize money shared 50-50 with CASA! Register today and don't miss out! All of the proceeds will support CASA, so no matter the outcome, it's a win-win!

Sponsorships Available:
Ace $5,000 – 2 teams included
Front Nine $3,000 – 2 teams included
Back Nine $3,000 – 2 teams included
19 th Hole $2,500 – 1 team included
Eagle $2,000 – 1 team included
Birdie $1,500 – 1 team included
Hole - $400
Team Registration (4) – $600
Individual Registration – $200
Only 10 team spots left!

Thank You to our Sponsors!
Ace Sponsors:
Back Nine Sponsor:
19th Hole Sponsors:
Birdie Sponsors:
Hole Sponsors:

Capitol Wright
Davidek Law Firm, PLLC
Innovative Retirement, LLC
Jim Flynn Photography
Karl & Beth Hittle
Gene & Becky Lake
Physical Therapy of San Marcos
Sadler Concrete
Taste of New Braunfels
Hole in One Sponsors:
"Voices" Information Sessions

Upcoming Information Sessions

Tuesday, September 1st, 6:00 p.m.
Lockhart Public Library

Monday, September 2nd, noon
Seguin Public Library

Wednesday, September 4th, 9:15 a.m.
Wimberley Café

New Braunfels
Wednesday, September 4th, noon
CASA office

Monday, September 9th, 6:30 p.m.
Seguin Public Library

San Marcos
Wednesday, September 18th, noon 
Historic County Courthouse, 1st floor conference room

Monday, September 23rd, 6:30 p.m.
Mammen Family Public Library

Monday, October 7th, 6:30 pm
Schertz United Methodist Church
Want to learn more about the role of a CASA Volunteer?

Come to our one-hour information session and hear how our volunteers advocate for children who have been abused and neglected.

CASA staff and volunteers will be on hand to share their stories and answer your questions. 

Please RSVP by email or at
Get Your Capes Ready
Continuing Educations for Volunteers
August 20

CASA volunteers had the opportunity to hear from Senior Planner: Andrea Villalobos, who is a part of the SMTX 4 All Housing Initiative task force .

This task force has been working on initiating a Strategic Housing Action Plan to address the housing needs of the San Marcos community.

She touched on various community outreach opportunities they have organized, personal stories of community members, research and statistics, as well as the goals of the task force. The major findings in response to their research is the need to “expand opportunities for housing, preserve and enhance existing housing stock, leverage community and regional partners, and quantify and meet the housing need of current and future residents”.

Learn more by visiting their website: .

August 26

Jennifer Wicker, Counseling & Resources Program Director for the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center , engaged advocates in a conversation about domestic violence and dating violence.

Domestic violence includes any household member and involves power and control, which could be in the form of physical, emotional, verbal, or financial abuse. 70% of abusers who abuse their partners also abuse the children in the home.

The reasons behind the abuser’s behavior could be numerous - but anger is a secondary emotion; behind it could be fear, hurt, or humiliation. Ms. Wicker also provided examples of safety planning for victims, as well as the counseling, legal advocacy, and outpatient services that HCWC offers. As for working with CASA, HCWC welcomes communication with advocates, but Ms. Wicker did state that they might file a motion to quash when we request therapy records in instances where divulging information could be dangerous to their client. 
All CASA of Central Texas volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education annually
Events Benefiting CASA

CASA of Central Texas welcomes community initiatives to help promote awareness and funding for our program. By taking on this type of project, event organizers assume the responsibility of creating a successful event without a significant level of assistance from CASA. All special events and fundraising efforts conducted to benefit CASA are run by financially responsible and reputable organizations and individuals motivated by a genuine desire to help CASA. If you are interested in hosting a third-party fundraiser to benefit CASA, please review these guidelines .

Downtown Social is partnering with Fat Tire Beers for the month of September .

For every beer sold, Fat Tire will donate $1 to CASA of Central Texas.

386 W San Antonio St.
New Braunfels
Cars for CASA

 Have an old car taking up space in your driveway? Donate it to CASA of Central Texas! CASA partners with CARS on a vehicle donation program. We accept most cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RV's, motorcycles, off road vehicles, heavy equipment and other motorized vehicles. 

Making a donation is EASY ! It's as easy as filling out an online donation form here or picking up a phone and speaking to a live operator at 855-500-7433 seven days a week.
Why donate your vehicle to CASA?
* Avoid the hassles of selling a car * No need to pay hefty repair bills * Free up space in your garage * 100% tax deductible *
Community Support
Rotary Club of Seguin
Bluebonnet Lions Club San Marcos
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