February 2013  

CASA Up Close

Welcome to another edition of CASA Up Close Monthly. Below you will find information about our supporters, upcoming events, training opportunities and more. Please feel free to contact CASA for more information about anything you read. And, as always, thank you for your continued support.

CASA of Central Texas


CASA of Central Texas advocates for abused and neglected children in the court system by recruiting, training and supporting community volunteers. 

Every child has the right to a safe, nurturing, permanent home.
Letter from the Executive Director

Moving Forward

      Through my time with CASA, I have come to truly believe that one person can make a difference in a child's life. All it takes is one person willing to use their gifts and talents to make a child feel that they are important in this world.

     CASA is pleased to support a fellow non-profit organization- the San Marcos Artists Retention and Training (SMART) Orchestra - and recognize their efforts to improve the well-being of children. Here is what Artistic Director Christopher T. F. Hanson shared about his passion: 


      Through social media and standardize tests we repeatedly question what our children know of this world, but we fail to challenge their understanding of who they are and how they fit into it.


     The music classroom is a place where students are allowed to be wrong in the hope of achieving something beyond their ability. In music, your errors are publicly advertised through performance, and are immediately assessed for your improvement. Moreover, your contribution is not solely your own! Your success is vital to the ensemble you serve. Your achievements are measured by the collective and equal contribution of your peers. In this environment, the student is offered the opportunity to embrace their shortcomings, and appreciate their mistakes as necessary steps to developing a skill. Who better to benefit from such an environment than the "at risk" student? This is a student, that needs music, to show them that: "It isn't where you came from; it's where you're going that counts." - Ella Fitzgerald


     If you are interested in seeing this process in action, you are invited to attend the SMART orchestra's fourth annual "Pops Concert" on Thursday, March 7th at 7 p.m. at the San Marcos High School Performing Arts Center. The performance is offered free to the public and your attendance is valued as a public display of support for the tireless and invaluable efforts of the orchestra's members to improve their lot in life through music. Visit www.smartorchestra.com for more information. 




Norma Castilla-Blackwell 

Upcoming Volunteer Trainings
Make a Difference in the life of a child,
become a CASA Volunteer

Help us get the word out about these trainings!
Our goal is to appoint 55 new volunteer advocates by August.
If you know anyone who would make a great CASA volunteer, please share these training dates.

CASA of Central Texas Advocate Jeannette Sheridan.

 New Braunfels CASA office

March 4th through April 1st 


4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

April 25th through May 16th
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 



San Marcos CASA office

March 6th through April 3rd 


1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


          April 23rd through May 14th
                 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 




To learn more about volunteer training sessions, contact Training Coordinator Debbie Haynes at 512-392-3578 or by e-mail. More info on becoming a volunteer here.

What is a CASA volunteer? 
Watch this video to see how we speak up for children.
Online Philanthropy

Get to Your Computer and
Make a Difference

     Amplify Austin is a community-wide day of online philanthropy with the goal of raising $1 million in 24 hours, and CASA of Central Texas is part of this exciting campaign.

     Beginning at 7p.m. on March 4th, 2013, we ask our supporters to click here to access the giving page for CASA of Central Texas. It's fun...it's easy...but it's only for 24 hours!

     We hope you will make a donation and then share the link with your friends and family to support CASA of Central Texas.
Online Trainings

Next Flex Learning course begins the week of May 6th.
To learn more about
Flex Learning,
contact Training Coordinator
Debbie Haynes
at 512-392-3578
or by e-mail.
CASA to offer Flex Learning

     CASA requires that all volunteer advocates receive at least 30 hours of training before they are assigned a case. Now, CASA of Central Texas is excited to offer a new volunteer training curriculum option from National CASA: Flex Learning 


     This curriculum takes a blended approach to training, combining in-person and online delivery of information. The training occurs in five sessions.  Each session contains approximately 3 hours of self-guided work that participants complete online before attending a 3-hour in-person classroom session. 


    If you are comfortable using technology and are a self-motivated learner, you may find this type of training experience beneficial.  


     Funding from this new curriculum was provided by "A Community Team" at HD Supply. 

Welcome New Volunteer Advocates

New Advocates Join CASA

Welcome new CASA volunteers, sworn in February 26th. Pictured l-r are: Lauren Hinojosa of Comal County, Elisabet Barker of Comal County, Jessica Mejia of Hays County, Gregory Golian of Hays County, (Judge Brenda Smith), Peggy Jones of Hays County, Phyllis Dye of Comal County, Beverly Hoffman of Comal County, Patty Willett of Comal County, Ruth Martin-Cain of Comal County and John Cain of Comal County.
Words from the Heart


A poem by
Jody Cosson 
CASA of Central Texas Volunteer Advocate



The saddest county western song can't do this story justice

It's about an abused child's need for safety, hope and guidance

For the good of a child, good people change the story

With time, thought, patience, work and love in all its a glory!

These keys can solve the puzzle of a child's life and fate

Bit by bit and piece by piece the puzzle comes together

With CASA's help the child will grow up strong and straight

It seems the happiest country western song is about human justice.

Save the Date


Comal County Commissioner
Jan Kennady

Comal County Sheriff
Bob Holder

You Are Summoned to
Law and Order
CASA of Central Texas, Inc. 

     April 18th, 2013
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Seekatz Opera House
265 W. San Antonio St.
New Braunfels

Entertainment provided by
The Harleys

Invitations will be mailed soon. Tickets are $60 and may be purchased online now here.
For more information,
contact CASA at 830-626-2272.

Can You Help CASA?
Advertise CASA at Your Business

     CASA of Central Texas is always looking for more volunteers and you can help.

     Sheek Hair Studio in San Marcos allowed us to put out brochures about CASA and our information sessions for all their clients to see.  


     If you would like to have a CASA banner or brochures in your place of business to help us recruit more volunteers, please contact Community Relations Coordinator Eloise Hudson at (830)-626-2272 or by email.

CASA Flambeaux

 Feathers, Beads and Masks, We Had a Blast!

Thank you to everyone who made CASA Flambeaux such a success!

Pictured l-r are honorees District Judge Bruce Boyer,
Toya Ohlrich Boyer and Karen Sleighter

Thank you to our sponsors!
Le Roi 
Bonner Carrington LLC
 Carola & John Davis
Germer Farms
Judge Bruce Boyer &
Toya Ohlrich Boyer
Karen Sleighter
KASHA Corp. (2 tables)
LCRA Employee's United Charities 
Pegasus School, Inc.
The Tomblin Family Foundation
United Heritage Charity Foundation
Dr. Wade Wilson
Le Reine
Becky Lake
Carolyn Liner
Central Texas Medical Center
 Doss/Lehmann Families
Kathleen Dial
New Braunfels Pediatrics Association 
Randolph-Brooks Federal
Credit Union
Rita's Natural Food Market
San Marcos Re-Investment Corp.
Seton Medical Center Hays

Thank you to our event photographers,
Grant John, Ursula Pinner and Dagoberto Vela. 
CASA Continuing Education
Upcoming Training for CASA Volunteers

Advocates will receive detailed information about trainings as the dates get closer, but for now, mark your calendars if you would like to attend.   



March 26

Cultural Competency in Child Advocacy 

Presented by Amy Ford

    Consultant, Brown Babies Pink Parents Consulting and Coaching

5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.   

The Price Center
222 W. San Antonio St., San Marcos      

April date TBA
Trauma Informed Prevention

Presented by Mike Foster
    LCPAA, LCPA, Program Specialist, A World for Children
Time TBA
Location TBA 


Volunteers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing education annually
Upcoming Information Sessions
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CASA can also
bring our tour
to you, just
give us a call!
You are Invited to a CASA Voices Tour
Learn about CASA and the work our advocates are doing in the community.  Join us on the 1st and 2nd Wednesdays of each month for a one-hour "virtual" tour of our mission.  Open to everyone, bring your friends, family and colleagues and we will provide lunch! 


 New Braunfels CASA office 


Wednesday March 6th - Noon 

 Wednesday April 3th - Noon


San Marcos CASA office 


Wednesday March 13th - Noon

Wednesday April 10th - Noon 



Lunch provided by Fox's Pizza Den in New Braunfels
and Chick-fil-A in San Marcos.

Please RSVP to Ali Wilkinson by e-mail or at 830-626-2272.
Upcoming Events


4th-      Advocate Training Begins 
             New Braunfels CASA office

Amplify Austin, 7 p.m. - 7p.m.

6th-      Advocate Training Begins 
             San Marcos CASA office

6th-      Voices Tour, noon
             New Braunfels CASA office

13th-    Voices Tour, noon
              San Marcos CASA office

26th-    Continuing Education, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
              Cultural Competency in Child Advocacy
              The Price Center, San Marcos


Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month 
City and County Proclamation Dates TBA

3rd-      Voices Tour, noon
             New Braunfels CASA office

10th-    Voices Tour, noon
              San Marcos CASA office

18th-     Law and Order, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
              Seekatz Opera House, New Braunfels

23rd-     Advocate Training Begins
              San Marcos CASA office

25th-     Advocate Training Begins
              New Braunfels CASA office 

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