This year marks the 40th Anniversary for CASA, the official domestic violence center for southern Pinellas County.
CASA's vision is a community without domestic violence so that home is a safe place.
CASA's mission is to raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.
We operate the area’s 24-hour crisis hotline and 100-bed emergency shelter, offer community support groups, provide courtroom advocacy, assist the Child Protective Investigative team and conduct community and corporate training.
In addition, our Peacemakers Program teaches anti-bullying and healthy relationship curriculum throughout the Pinellas County school system to end the generational cycle of violence.
Forty years ago, CASA began as a simple 8-bed emergency shelter. By the late 1990’s CASA had grown into a 30-bed shelter with a 24-hour Crisis Hotline, Outreach Services, and the Peacemaker Program. Two years ago CASA opened a new 100-bed emergency shelter.
This year CASA celebrates its 40th Anniversary! Over the past 12 months alone, CASA provided 37,000 nights of safety at its shelter; 18,000 Outreach services such as support groups, courtroom advocacy and economic empowerment programs; and the crisis hotline answered 5,000 calls. In addition, 3,700 children in Pinellas County schools participated in CASA’s Peacemaker anti-bullying and personal safety curriculum.
Since 1977, CASA has given us hope, saved lives and served our community. However, meeting our region’s needs has required CASA to greatly expand its services and domestic violence shelter, dramatically increasing our expenses. Please continue to partner with CASA by making a gift today. Your meaningful contribution will help provide services to survivors now and for another 40 years.