YWCA of Clark County has been serving women, children and families in Clark County since 1916 with a goal of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The CASA program (Court Appointed Special Advocate) has been a program of YWCA since 1982 and utilizes volunteers from the community to advocate for children who have come into the care of the state due to abuse or neglect.
The CASA program & its volunteers have been a key factor in ensuring that children receive services specific to their needs, educational support and a safe and permanent home as quickly as possible. A CASA volunteer named Jodi, recalls a specific success story with Jenny, a mother that struggled with addiction, homelessness and an abusive relationship with her daughter’s father. Jenny was determined to get sober so that she could be reunited with her daughter Silas, who was in the care of a relative. Jodi worked to mandate and maintain a safety plan to make the home suitable for Silas, while Jenny attended a rehabilitation program. After completing her program, Jenny was able to secure employment and a stable home for herself and her children, with CASA monitoring her progress and stability for six months after. The CASA program was also able to help Jenny regain custody of her son from foster care, for whom she had been searching for over the last seven years.
Months later, Jenny sent pictures of she & her two children driving home together for the first time and noted “Today, I am a strong, independent, employed, single mother to both my kids. I support all their needs for day to day life by myself. I can say that I love my life and am confident in myself. I wouldn’t have been able to do this myself. It was Jodi and CASA that helped me stay level-headed and keep my goals in mind. They helped me find a way to achieve them.”
CASA has helped facilitate stability and reunite countless families with their tireless work and determination. Stories like Jenny’s exist daily and CASA is eager to help create more of these sweet success stories for families in our local community. During the month of October, our agency will be supporting YWCA’s CASA Program with our Referral Rewards Partnership. For each referral for a free, no-obligation insurance quote, we will donate $25 to YWCA’s CASA Program!
January: The Hough Foundation
February: West Columbia Gorge Humane Society
March: The Council for the Homeless
April: Ready to Rise Clark County
June: Lelooska Foundation
July: Innovative Services NW
August: Open House Ministries
September: Friends of the Ridgefield Library
October: YWCA Clark County CASA Program
November: Columbia Springs
December: The Giving Closet