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August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 CASA Newsletter
THE KIDS ARE BACK IN TOWN
CASA's Back to School Bash 2017 provided school supplies to over 200 children! Thank you to all the amazing community groups who support the families we serve through our Shelter and Outreach programs!

Interested in holding a donation drive or financially sponsoring an initiative? Check out our wish list or contact us at info@casa-stpete.org to learn more!
"Things were going really great with my CASA job interview. Skype calls, interviews across the country... everything was perfect until I saw the job application. It was the first time I wondered, “can I really do this?”

The first question on the application was of course my name. Got it, that was ok! The second question was my home address— and that’s what stumped me. You see, I have a confidential address.

So here was the question: do I potentially put myself and my family at risk by actually writing down my real residential address? Do I instead use my legal address of record that is listed as a PO Box – which of course no one actually accepts as a residential address?" READ MORE

CASA's new Interim* CEO, Lariana Forsythe shared her story of triumph over violence.
Do you also have a personal story to share? Email us and it might be featured in a future newsletter!

*Interim status is a temporary designation being used while Florida Administrative Rule requirements are completed.

7:00 am – 8:30 am  |  October 12, 2017  |  St. Petersburg Coliseum

Join our family of caring supporters at the 21st Annual CASA Peace Breakfast. This is CASA's most important and impactful event of the year!

The Peace Breakfast's inspirational program will feature a true story of triumph over domestic violence, presentation of the annual John E. Stross “Victory Over Violence” award and special speakers such as Lissette Campos, Director of Community Affairs at WFTS - ABC Action News.

For more info please visit www.casa-stpete.org/PeaceBreakfast, email Kathy Scott at kscott@casa-stpete.org or call 727-895-4912.
DID YOU KNOW?
When CASA opened its new domestic violence shelter in 2015 we had a max capacity of 100. By re-imagining and re-configuring the space we can now provide emergency housing to up to 133 women, children and men at a time! Hundreds of additional people each year will now be able to escape violent abusers.

That's an increase of 33% in the capacity of people we can shelter from abuse! Unfortunately, funding has NOT increased by anything close to that amount.

That's why we need your help. Without it we can't sustain our level of services. Please donate, get a ticket, become a sponsor and/or purchase a program ad for the CASA Peace Breakfast. It is our most critical fundraiser of the year!

CONTRIBUTE to keep CASA running at its full potential.
CASA’s partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays shines light on domestic violence, informs people how to get help and literally tells them: “We believe you. Speak out, we will listen!”

Together we are telling domestic violence survivors that they have no need to be ashamed. The Rays are saying it through visible support of our services, events and Reading With Raymond program; in the media; and literally on every bathroom stall in their home stadium. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO!
HUMAN TRAFFICKING, HERE?
Tampa Bay is actually a major hub of human trafficking, an industry that traps over 14,000 people in America each year. Its victims are subjected to forced labor and/or sexual acts and frequently suffer from domestic violence.

CASA's programs and shelter coordinates with the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking on cases involving domestic violence in our area.

If you are the victim of a trafficking situation or may have info about one, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Vote for CASA: 2017 Good 'Burger Awards
Voting ends Aug 18, so choose CASA in category #2 now and show the world you care! Then join us at the St. Pete Chamber's awards show on August 31.

Aug. 27 - Jam Making + Mimosa Brunch
Urban Canning Co. and Boss Babe Club's special event. 10% of sales go to CASA.

RECRUITING TEAM LEADERS: Purple Purse Competition
Team leaders needed to help CASA win cash prizes in Allstate Foundation's Purple Purse competition! Email mvenouziou@casa-stpete.org for info.

Sept. 12 - Clothing Swap at the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market

Cash donations and remaining clothing will be donated to CASA.

Sept. 14 - LocalShops1's Second Thursday Social
CASA will be the featured nonprofit for this networking event hosted by LocalShops1, Tampa Bay's coalition of locally owned businesses.

Sept. 24 - Bikers Against Domestic Violence Poker Run
Save the date for this annual fundraiser for CASA.

Throughout September - 20th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest
Choose CASA each time you eat at Columbia Restaurant's Clearwater location and they will donate 5% back to CASA.

Taking Action Against Domestic Violence
WFTS: ABC Action News' annual campaign against domestic violence will feature CASA and other local advocates providing solutions in our community!

Oct. 5 - Paint for Paws

The Zonta Club of Pinellas County's fundraiser at Painting with a Twist in Clearwater.

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** CASA SIGNATURE EVENT **

October 12 - The 21st ANNUAL CASA PEACE BREAKFAST
Tickets, Sponsorships and Program Ads Now Available!
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Oct. 28 - 2nd Annual Isa's Teddy Bear & Food Drive
Motorcycle ride to support CASA.
We are thankful for the generous support of organizations who hold community events benefiting or featuring CASA. Click here for our third-party event form or contact us at info@casa-stpete.org to hold your own event for CASA!
WHEREVER YOU ARE, HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE
24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotlines:
727-895-4912 and TTY: 727-828-1269

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