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The Rental Assistant Program (RAP) serves low income families with children or disabled and elderly (60 years of age or older) households.

CASA will have a table at the Dignity Health Aging Young Event taking place on Saturday, November 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz.

Cita will get all the materials ready for you. You just need to share your love of CASA and invite our community to learn more.

Please email cita@casaofsantacruz.org if you can help.

Thank you!

Please join us for Imagine 2018 on Sept 30. This will be a special afternoon to support the only organization dedicated to being the voice for children and youth in foster care, CASA of Santa Cruz County. Enjoy lavish hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine and beer in the exquisite setting on the hill at the Chaminade. Hear powerful stories from former foster youth and what it has meant for them to have an Advocate with them on their journey.

Come bid on amazing auction items—wine packages, exotic vacations (Hawaii, Costa Rica, and more), and many items crafted and donated by local artists and community members. There truly is something for everyone.

Special offer for CASA advocates at Glow Candle Lounge

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Watsonville Main Library Storytime Room


Free Stuff

Free entrance to MOD for advocates & CASA children.


Announcements

One of the most important steps for high school seniors is to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if they are not certain they are going to attend college, this is a great first step.
For a step-by-step guide to help your youth complete the FAFSA check out this link!/a>

Denise brings her years of experience as a teacher as well as all she has learned as a parent of a child with special needs. When she met Jose*, her current CASA child, she learned that he didn’t speak. He was four years old and clearly impacted by trauma. She knew that he understood language and was smart, and while the rest of his team of caregivers and social workers didn’t think he could attend preschool, she knew that with the right support, he would do well. Click to read more.

CASA's greatest need is for more bilingual volunteers to serve children and youth in foster care. Advocate Supervisor, Lucia de la Torre spoke with Univision KSMS for this segment on Despierta Monterey. Please help us find more caring adults who are ready to make a difference for a child in foster care.
View the segment here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jxQOVPx9uw

CASA of Santa Cruz County is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynne Petrovic as its new Executive Director effective August 6, 2018. Click for full article

Each month at CASA we celebrate, appreciate and highlight the story and experience of one of our wonderful Advocates. Each has a unique story and perspective and each child that they work with is in a different situation and has different needs. We hope that by sharing their individual stories, we can honor the stories and experiences of all Advocates. This month we got to know Larry Willis

We are so excited to introduce you to Lyndsey Marks! Lyndsey joined CASA of Santa Cruz in June as Development Director. She brings thirteen years of experience working in the non-profit sector with six years in fundraising. Early in her career, she developed a passion for serving youth in need. Working with Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara County, she helped teens in crisis find much-needed resources to be safe and housed. She developed a nationally recognized best practice youth development program, working with adult mentor volunteers and teen leaders. The last four years, she spent as Development Director for Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, so don’t be surprised to see her tooling around by bike!

Megan Grewohl joined CASA of Santa Cruz in May as an Advocate Supervisor and specialist with older youth in care. We are so lucky to have her on our team! We look forward to benefitting from her ten+ years of experience working in child welfare. She says her love of working with children was born when she was working in summer camps in Michigan (where she is from). She then went on to working in a residential treatment facility before moving from her small farm home-town to sunny Santa Cruz.

Each month at CASA we celebrate, appreciate and highlight the story and experience of one of our wonderful Advocates. Each has a unique story and perspective and each child that they work with is in a different situation and has different needs. We hope that by sharing their individual stories, we can honor the stories and experiences of all Advocates. This month we got to know Becky Oesterle.

Walk with CASA at the Santa Cruz Pride Parade on Sunday, June 3rd.
Sign up to join us HERE. We'll email details of when and where to meet for the parade.
We will have bubbles and CASA t-shirts, you just bring your smiles, your walking shoes and your love for CASA and the kids we serve.

Whether you have a few minutes, hours, weeks or more, there are lots of ways that you can show your support and make a difference for children and youth in foster care. Click Here to see 25 things you can do! Please be sure to like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and encourage others to get involved too.


 

 

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