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January 2016

The latest news and stories from CASA -
Issue #7, January 2016

IN THIS ISSUE
Lena's Story  -  The Soup-er Bowl  -  A Happy, Tired Elf  -  January Wish List
Peace Breakfast Photos  -  Events Calendar  - 
Shareable Content  -  Re-Gift to Thrift

As she sat with her children for a regularly scheduled appointment with her Outreach Advocate, Lena kept a tight watch on her kids while they constructed puzzles on the floor of CASA’s Outreach Center. Christmas was coming, but Lena was trying to distract them from the holiday cheer. She didn’t want them to be disappointed if Santa didn't find them this year.

Living with her sister, Lena has been focused on finding a new place for her family to call home, a place free from the violence she and her children have seen. Her sister’s generosity has been welcomed, but she knows it’s putting a financial strain on her sister’s family. When Lena arrived for her regular appointment on that Monday, December 21st, she had no idea how much CASA and this amazing community has been thinking of her.
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If you know someone suffering with domestic violence, let them know CASA is here to help.

24-hour Domestic Violence Helpline: 727-895-4912, TTY: 727-828-1269
(Outside Pinellas County: 800-799-7233, TTY: 800-787-3224)
“Are you all going to sleep here?” a staff member asked us as she walked into the conference room, where volunteers and staff were still busy at work. It was dark outside, but we hadn’t noticed. There were no windows in the room and we were having too much fun to pay attention to the time.

The room was completely filled with toys for tots, things for tweens and packages for moms and teens. Click here to read the article.
When quadrupling the size of your domestic violence center you witness great changes. Four times as many lives are forever improved, given a fresh start in a safer future. Four times as many children break the cycle of abuse and learn the emotional strength their guardian has. And...

Your food costs increase by a factor of four too.
HELP BY JOINING OUR SOUP-ER BOWL FOOD DRIVE!
January Wish List
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.
CASA's shelter has constantly changing needs. This month we would be especially grateful for items on this list, such as:

• Greatest Need: Non-perishable food items
• Gift Cards to Supermarkets and Wholesale Clubs
• Pacifiers, Unscented Wipes & Diaper Rash Cream
• 
Winter Jackets & Hoodies in S, L, XL and Kids' Sizes
Cleaning Supplies, Laundry Detergent, Soap, Shampoo & Conditioner
• Strollers, Toddler Clothes and PJ's

CASA Peace Breakfast Inspires Business Leaders
City of St. Petersburg Names “Domestic Violence Survivors Remembrance Day” in Honor of CASA's event. READ MORE

Breakfast raises $140,000 to save thousands of lives, provide shelter and outreach services to victims and conduct violence prevention programs in the school system so that there may one day be a generation free from domestic violence. READ MORE
2015 Victory Over Violence Award Winner: Sheila King

Sheila King has played a leadership role within CASA since 2008, through work on our Board of Trustees and Board of Directors. She is a vital advocate for domestic violence survivors, generous with contributions of time, effort and capital.


CASA is proud to name Sheila King as the 2015 John E. Stross "Victory Over Violence" award recipient for her tireless efforts on behalf of CASA and the movement against domestic violence.

In addition to her work with CASA, Sheila is the Vice President, Co-Portfolio Manager for Fixed Income at Eagle Asset Management, a division or Raymond James.
Thrifty Business: Re-Gift to Thrift
Do you have holiday gifts that you don't want or need? Instead of returning them, consider "re-gifting" to CASA's thrift shoppe! All proceeds from CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe are used to fund programs & services for survivors of domestic violence.
Are There Sales Coming? Subscribe to the CASA Thrift Newsletter and stay in the know!
CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe  |  1011 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg
727-828-1233  |  info@casa-stpete.org

CASA Collections Thrift Shoppe:
Mon - Fri: 9am - 6pm, Sat: 9am - 4pm
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Donation Center Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm, Sat: 10am - 3pm
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Congratulations Creative Contractors!
Congratulations to Creative Contractors on winning Crew Tampa Bay's 2015 New Development / Construction Excellence Award for their work on CASA's 100-bed domestic violence center!

The need for a new center was great- the center reached full capacity within months of opening its doors last July. Thank you to Creative Contractors and the other contributors who made the shelter possible and to the supporters allowing us to continue running at full capacity!
Events Calendar
Jan 9: Love More Project
Charity quilt raffle for CASA and other nonprofits

Jan 12: Clothing Swap at the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market.
Cash donations and remaining items are donated to CASA.


Jan 14: LocalShops1 Social
Bring non-perishable food for CASA
, the featured nonprofit of LocalShops1's networking social.

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