Friday, November 17, 2017

CASA moves to new location on Weber Street

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:49 PM

click to enlarge CASA has moved a brick building on  418 S. Weber St. - ZAHRIA ROGERS
  • Zahria Rogers
  • CASA has moved a brick building on 418 S. Weber St.
CASA of the Pikes Peak Region now has all five of its programs under one roof after having three separate locations.

The organization relocated to a larger renovated spot on 418 S. Weber
St. Nov. 11, propelling it closer to its goal, of serving all children in need of an advocate, by 2020.

Currently, there are only enough CASA volunteers to serve 70 percent of foster children in El Paso and Teller Counties, but the new facility holds a vast amount of space for training future advocates. Prior to the move, the nonprofit rented offsite space for volunteer training, which proved costly, according the communications manager Keri Kahn.

“Before we could only maybe train 20 people at a time. Well, in this training room we actually train between 50 and 60,” says Mittie Pedraza, interim director.

The new location also has enough room to house The Hanger, a donation-based boutique where teenagers in the foster system can pick out clothes for free, and an area for parents to have supervised visits with their children as part of the Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time (SPET) program.

Pedraza says CASA received several donations during the move, but the organization is still in need of volunteers.

To become a CASA volunteer, visit casappr.org or call 447-9898.

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