CASA's New Domestic Violence Center Opens Next Week
New Domestic Violence Center Triples CASA’s Capacity to Protect Survivors
June 25, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL | On June 30, 2015, CASA, a leading Tampa Bay area domestic violence center, will open their doors at a newly constructed 100-bed shelter. This facility will triple their capacity to provide emergency housing and services to families escaping violence.
“Survivors seek shelter for many reasons, the need for safety being top priority,” said CASA’s Acting Executive Director Shandra Riffey. “CASA provides a safe haven, job assistance, children’s programs, information, referrals and so much more. This shelter provides a holistic approach to removing barriers for survivors, their children and their pets!”
Why open a new $12 million dollar facility with $2.5 million in annual operating costs? Overwhelming community need and necessity. Since 2000, 18% of all homicides in Pinellas County were due to domestic violence and over 120 domestic violence offenses are recorded by our local police each week.
While CASA’s previous shelter was a source of refuge for countless families, lack of space and resources forced them to turn away 1,400 survivors of domestic violence each year. This was a statistic CASA’s staff could not carry on their conscience. The decision was made to build a new shelter matching the magnitude of the epidemic of violence.
“At first it was a daunting task to take on such a large shelter project, but the community has been stepping up to help open doors to a safer future for survivors of domestic violence,” said Tuesdi Dyer, CASA’s Development Director. “People just get it- this shelter is a necessity- and the community is clearly committed to sustaining this vital place of refuge for decades to come.”
CASA is still seeking capital donations through their Sunshine and Hope Capital Campaign. Please donate online at www.casa-stpete.org/shelter, by phone at (727) 895-4912, or by sending a check with “Shelter” written in the memo line to P.O. Box 414, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. People seeking information on available naming opportunities are encouraged to contact John Biesinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 895-4912 x105.
CASA, Community Action Stops Abuse, has been providing lifesaving services to women, men, and children living with domestic violence since 1977. For more than 35 years, the community has relied on CASA to provide a safe refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, prevention, professional training, outreach, and community education to end domestic violence and bring hope, independence and peace to families in 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.
Mailing Address: PO Box 414, St. Petersburg, FL 33731
Assistant Executive Director, CASA