Lisa was sworn in as a Barry County CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate in April 2012. She became interested in CASA after talking to a CASA volunteer whom she met though her school district. Lisa learned about the important role CASA advocates play to ensure that children’s voices are heard and permanency in a safe and loving home is achieved. After retiring, Lisa knew where she wanted to volunteer her time to make a difference. She signed up for the extensive and eye-opening new volunteer training to become a CASA! Lisa shares, “I’m blessed to have ten grandchildren of my own. When each of my grandkids go through challenges or milestones in their growth, I always think of the kids that are abused or neglected and in foster care. If only they had the support and love that my grandchildren have on a daily basis, how might their lives be different?” Lisa has had six cases – each with its own unique challenges. She said, “I recently saw a young man, who was only about 12 when I began advocating for him years ago. I was at the grocery store one day and saw him, he ran up to me and gave me the biggest hug. He explained to me that he had finished school and was working at the grocery store and staying out of trouble. I was so happy to see and hear that he was doing well in life despite growing up being bounced around in the foster care system. Seeing him reminded me why the role of an Advocate makes an undeniable difference in a child’s future. I remember visiting him weekly and making sure that I was a constant and stable person in his life. A person who would always make sure his needs were being met, including his educational and emotional well-being.” Lisa acknowledges, “I have stepped out of my comfort zone many times and realize that I can use this confidence in all areas of my life to reach out and help others. I would like future volunteers to know that if they’re hesitating or unsure if this is the work they want to do, then they should just try it. When you’re on a case, your only focus is the “best interest” of the child or children. This will guide the direction of your work.” Lisa explains, “the work I do as a CASA volunteer fills a gap in my retired life. I feel that I’m volunteering my time in a meaningful way. The kids are worth it and building that relationship is the most rewarding part. The friendship and support I get from the other volunteers and the CASA staff has sincerely enriched my life!”
6/29/2021 04:18:05 pm
Thanks i just signed up to be a casa and often wonder if i can do this but im not giving up, i needed to hear your story and about how we should just try this if we are unsure. I think that was another sign that i should do this and i want to help these kids so much. Thank you again.
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