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October 2015

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Issue #4, October 2015

October of each year is domestic violence awareness month and the community has responded with nearly a dozen events and fundraisers to spread awareness of resources available to survivors of DV.

Find out about all the events happening in your community: www.casa-stpete.org/events.

Help CASA win up to $100,000 in the Purple Purse Challenge:
www.casa-stpete.org/purple.

If you know someone suffering with domestic violence, please let them know we are here to help. No one should live life in fear of domestic violence!

24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 727-895-4912, TTY: 727-828-1269
(Outside Pinellas County: 800-799-7233, TTY: 800-787-3224)
CASA's new 100-bed facility isn't just a shelter- it's a complete domestic violence center. Did you know it has a resource center to help survivors build a stronger, more secure life?

The resource center at CASA’s domestic violence center is quickly becoming a hub of activity. It includes a work space for residents to study, write resumes and apply for jobs, but it is much more that:
It is a place that connects our wonderful community partners with residents, and residents with each other. It is a place where small successes are acknowledged and encouraged – small successes that lead to hope. And, as one resident mentioned “sometimes it’s just a place to get a hug!”

CASA's shelter has constantly changing needs. For October we would be especially grateful for items on this list, such as:

Non-perishable food items
Holiday decorations (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year)
Halloween costumes, decorations & pumpkins
Emergency Clothing in all sizes- socks, underwear, bras, jackets, etc.
• Uniforms- khaki bottoms and solid color collard shirts, navy/tan jumpers
• Arts & Crafts Supplies

Please bring donations to our community center at 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg.
We appreciate all the community members who donate to our shelter, thrift store and fundraising campaigns! Please contact info@casa-stpete.org with any questions.
It's time to refresh your wardrobe & house with boutique clothes and home decor from the Fall Collection at CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe. We have some really wonderful thrift shop finds, so come visit the store at 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg to shop or donate!

Donate your "like new" garments, furniture, household items and art to give them a second life at CASA! All proceeds are used to fund programs and services in the struggle against domestic violence.
Donate now and earn your charitable giving tax deduction for 2015!
Call 727-828-1233 to schedule a furniture pickup, or bring items to our donation center and store at 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg.

CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm, Sat: 9am - 4pm
(View on Google maps)

Donation Center Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm
(View on Google maps)
The Allstate Foundation has established weekly fundraising competitions where CASA may be eligible to win between $250 and $100,000! We're asking you to focus on this challenge for next week:

Oct. 6 - Oct. 13: If CASA gets at least 10 donations we will be entered for the chance to win $10,000 Donate any amount, large or small-- just help get us in the running!
Click here to donate or create a team.
Thrifty Business: Upcoming Sales at CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe
All proceeds are used to fund CASA's programs and services.

-  Oct. 5: Select Boutique Items are 50% off

-  Oct. 9 & 10: Shorts and Capris are 50% off
-  Are More Sales Coming? Yes! Sign up here to receive the thrift newsletter.
CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe  |  1011 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg
727-828-1233  |  info@casa-stpete.org
Featured Event: 2nd Annual CASA Gala
The CASA Gala: A Night of Love and Hope returns for a second year. This banquet dinner at The Vinoy Renaissance Resort is presented by Governor Charlie and Carole Crist. The event features keynote speaker Melissa Dohme, musical guest The Nate Najar Band and honorary host George Hamilton, and honors Steve Yerrid for his contributions to the struggle against domestic violence.

Click here for sponsorship and ticket information.
Events Calendar
Oct 1: Turn Pinellas Purple
Wear purple, take a photo and hashtag #TurnPinellasPurple in solidarity against DV!

Oct 8: Second Thursday Social
CASA will be the featured nonprofit at LocalShops1's monthly networking event.

Oct 11: The Yellow Dress
Charity performance benefiting area DV centers, organized by ABC Action News' Taking Action Against Domestic Violence at USFSP.

Oct 13: Clothing Swap at the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market.
Cash donations and remaining items are donated to CASA.


Oct 14: Broad Comedy
Live comedy event organized by the Pinellas County chapter of NOW at The Studio@620.

Oct 14: Wine Tasting for Charity
Tasting event at Winesmith with food by Eat This!

Oct 15: Heels to Heal Anniversary Celebration
An evening of giving and caring with Mayor Rick Kriseman
, refreshments and live music.

Oct 23: 2nd Annual CASA Gala
Banquet dinner presented by Governor Charlie & Carole Crist at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort.

Oct 24: Thrill St. Pete
Dance to Michael Jackson's Thriller in this fundraiser for CASA.

Oct 31: World's Largest Food Truck Rally 4
Outdoor festival, with a portion of proceeds going to CASA.

Nov 13: Cody's Classic charity Golf Tournament
Cody's Original Roadhouse's fundraiser benefits CASA and Ready for Life.

Dec 10: CASA's 19th Annual Peace Breakfast
Contact us to become a table or featured sponsor of CASA's Signature Annual Event!
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in a CASA-run event, meeting or activity is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the event by contacting us at 727-895-4912 or TTY: 272-828-1269.
Interested in holding an event for CASA? Email info@casa-stpete.org!
CASA (Comminity Action Stops Abuse)  |  www.casa-stpete.org  |  info@casa-stpete.org  |  727-895-4912  |  facebook.com/CASAStPete
CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe  |  www.casa-stpete.org/thrift  |  info@casa-stpete.org  |  727-828-1233  |  facebook.com/CASAThriftShoppe
24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 727-895-4912, TTY: 727-828-1269
(Outside Pinellas County: 800-799-7233, TTY: 800-787-3224)
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Featured Article

Beyond the Shelter: Small Successes That Lead to Hope
By Trina S.

The Resource Center at CASA’s new 100-bed domestic violence center is quickly becoming a hub of activity. It includes a workspace for residents to study, write resumes and apply for jobs, but it is much more that. It is a place that connects our wonderful community partners with residents, and residents with each other. It is a place where small successes are acknowledged and encouraged – small successes that lead to hope. And, as one resident mentioned “sometimes it’s just a place to get a hug!”

The 24-hour accessible center is equipped with six computers programmed with frequently used databases marked for easy access. Residents can explore careers that match their skills and interests, search for a job, or locate information on affordable housing. Documents can conveniently be faxed or scanned directly to state agencies to apply for cash or food assistance. During staffed hours, CASA Resource Advocates are available to tutor and offer support.

CASA residents can pursue their GED entirely online or on campus through Tomlinson Adult Learning Center, which has waved the course fee for participants. For those pursuing higher education, St. Petersburg College offers free online classes that help prospective students prepare for SPC’s College Placement Test.

The center is also the place for residents to discover the wide variety of programs and services offered on-site by community partners. They can make appointments for individual pro-bono legal advice, learn when the next group financial literacy course will be offered, or sign up for special programs.

One recent community program, entitled “Cooking Matters,” was offered by Pinellas County Extension at the shelter kitchen. The weekly series of six classes was a great success, with hands-on lessons on budgeting, cooking nutritionally well-balanced meals and price-conscious shopping. The course ended with a fun team cook-off contest, where lucky (and hungry) staff members got to be judges!

Here we turn “obstacles into solutions” states CASA’s Advocate and Career Center Specialist. The mission is to empower residents to ­­help themselves reach their individual goals, and CASA has many cohorts in the community who collaborate to help residents succeed.

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What Does CASA's Shelter Need?

October Wish List

CASA's Shelter has frequently changing needs. For the month of October we would be extremely grateful for donations of the items listed below. They include general staples such as food and clothing, as well as Halloween decorations and costumes for the kids in our Youth Programs.

Donations can be brought to our community center at 1011 First Ave N, St. Petersburg during normal business hours. (Please indicate the items are meant for the shelter.)

Thank you for your generosity! Please contact info@casa-stpete.org with any questions.

    Food (snacks and dinner)- non perishables

   October Themes

    Emergency Clothing

Any donations for Youth Participants are greatly appreciated! Thank you for generosity.

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