CASA's vision is a community without violence
that home is a safe place.
CASA's mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment, and social change.
CASA was named "Nonprofit of the Year" by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2008. The award recognizes and honors a 501(C)(3) non-foundation nonprofit n the bay area which is making an impact in the community on a daily basis.
||CASA earned an excellent rating from Juvenile Welfare
Board (JWB) in February 2004 and 2007 using JWB’s
Agency Self Study Efficacy Tool (ASSET) to ensure that
CASA meets and exceeds standards of care, integrates
concepts of quality improvement in all areas of its
operation, is accountable to funders and the public,
and focuses on results-based outcomes. An agency ASSET
review takes place every third year.
We won! The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce
recognized CASA’s achievements in serving the
community by naming CASA The Non-profit Business
of the Year at their celebration dinner, May
1977 - The Free Clinic Spouse Abuse Shelter was
created by Sr. Margaret Freeman as a service of the St.
Petersburg Free Clinic to serve battered women. The shelter
capacity was eight and the budget minimal. The shelter
was staffed by part-time workers and volunteers.
1978 - A full-time director was hired and funding
was obtained from Junior League of St. Petersburg and
Juvenile Welfare Board.
1979 - The Free Clinic Spouse Abuse Shelter obtained
certification from HRS and ongoing operating funds from
the Marriage License Trust Fund. The staff expanded to
three full-time people.
1980 - Shelter capacity was increased, and one
new staff position was added.
1981 - Shelter emerged from the auspices
of the Free Clinic and incorporated as the Center Against
Spouse Abuse, Inc, (CASA.) Sylvia Tucker was hired as
1982 - Children's programs are added to services.
The shelter relocated and capacity increased to accommodate
22 residents. Staff increased to seven full-time employees.
CASA became an agency funded by United Way and the Juvenile
1983-84 - Community outreach programs were added
to CASA services, including a peer counseling group for
abusers and support groups for former shelter residents.
CASA administration office moved to First Congregational
1984-86 - CASA acquired a computer and began
a capital campaign to purchase the shelter.
1986-88 - CASA shelter purchased, renovated and
1989-90 - Founding Director Sylvia Tucker died
after a long illness. Shelter renovations continued.
Linda A. Osmundson was hired as executive director. Staff
increased to twelve full-time employees.
1991 - A new computer system was donated by Tech
Data Corp. Legal advocates services were added at the
State Attorney's Office and Clerk of Courts. CASA’s
volunteer Amigas formed as an auxiliary to benefit CASA.
1992-93 - With major renovations, CASA shelter
capacity expanded to accommodate 30 people and a deck
was added to shelter. CASA added several community-based
1994 - Full-time staff increased to 15 employees.
CASA added a substance abuse program and increased community
outreach services. CASA Amigas produced and presented
the first golf tournament to benefit CASA. Shelter second
floor renovations were completed.
1995 - Staff increased to 21 employees. CASA
added training for medical staffs to its community outreach
services. Nation's Bank donated office building to CASA.
Shelter grounds were landscaped and parking paved.
1996 - CASA sponsored its first Sportstacular!
fundraising event. CASA opened The Visitation Center
for supervised visitation and monitored exchanges were
added to CASA services.
1997 - CASA received funding for 14 units of
transitional housing called CASA Gateway, providing low-cost
housing and advocacy services to families as they prepare
for independent living.
1998 - CASA began an in-school Peacemakers Program
for pre-school and middle school students. First Annual
Peace Breakfast was held. CASA Collection Thrift Shop
1999 - CASA commits to Keys to Peace Capital
Campaign to raise $1.2 million to complete the second
phase of CASA Gateway Transitional housing and to expand
outreach services. CASA begins renting a facility and
opens an outreach support center. CASA purchased a building
to be called the CASA Community Center.
2000 - Escalating construction costs required
the Keys to Peace Campaign to increase fundraising efforts
to reach $2 million. Construction on CASA Gateway East
is nearly completed. Gateway began Families with a Future
program to enhance life and employment skills. An architect
was hired to design the remodeling of the CASA Community
Center. The City of St. Petersburg awarded a grant of
$400,000 for the Community Center. Peace Breakfast fundraising
event resulted in over $300,000!
2001- CASA Gateway East opened in June. CASA
Community Center opened on September 1. Outreach Services,
Executive, Development and Fiscal Offices are now under
one roof! The CASA Collection Thrift Shoppe opened in
its new location. The ERT (Emergency Response Team) program
started in October. The Peace Breakfast raised $200,000
with no match and has the highest attendance ever; over
780 people joined the breakfast.
2002 - CASA celebrated twenty-five years of providing
excellent services to battered women and their children
in Pinellas County.
2003 - CASA began a year of strategic planning. Community
members participated in focus groups to help guide planning
for the future. CASA focused on the documentation process
to strengthen the unique programs that support our mission.
CASA changed its name from Center Against Spouse Abuse
to Community Action Stops Abuse to better reflect its expanded
programs and services to meet community needs.
2004 - CASA successfully completed the Juvenile Welfare Board's ASSET recertification. CASA sponsored a successful workplace violence summit for human relations and employee assistance staff fro about 40 corporations. CASA adopted a new logo.
2005 - CASA receives a federal Earmark grant to improve its technology and child care programs. CASA hires a Director of Operations.
2006 - CASA, the 'R Club, Coordinated Child Care of Pinellas County, and the Juvenile Welfare Board collaborate to provide a licensed childcare center for CASA's children residing in the Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing. Safety Advocates join the Comunity and Legal Outreach Department and the Residential Department. Director of Operations becomes Assistant Executive Director.
2007 - Peacmaker program begins expansion into pinellas County Elementary schools.
2008 - CASA named "nonprofit business of the year" in 2008 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
2009 - CASA receives three grants through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. A new program area entitled "Child Welfare Advocacy" is developed featuring enhanced collaboration with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department.
2010 - CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe benefitted from renovations and remodeling including new lighting, displays, signage and painting while the exterior of the Admin building also received new stucco and painting. CASA and Home Depot along with hundreds of volunteers partnered with KABOOM! to build a fantastic playground for the familites living in CASA's Transitional Housing.
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