Welcome to the August 2016 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
Seeking CASA Volunteers
Hope House is excited to announce that in conjunction with Sauk County, we are establishing a new CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) program to serve abused and neglected children and youth of Sauk County. Sauk County CASA is the voice for abused and neglected children and youth in Sauk County, seeking to protect and ensure them safe, permanent homes.
Often referred to as the “eyes and ears of the court,” CASA Volunteers are assigned by judges to advocate exclusively on behalf of a single child or sibling group. CASAs conduct face-to-face visits with their child (or children), make independent, objective observations about the child’s safety and well-being, and submit a written summary report to the appointing judge each month to help that judge make decisions about the child’s future. Most importantly, CASA Volunteers are often the only consistent adult presence in the lives of abused and neglected children.
Hope House is currently screening and recruiting everyday men and women from the community to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children until the court case is closed, and they have found safe and permanent homes. Training will begin in the fall, and volunteers will be sworn in by the end of the year. Become a CASA. The Voice for a Child. For more information visit saukcountycasa.org or contact Mary Jo Elert, 608-356-9123 | email@example.com.
Hope House Donation Needs
Monetary donations are most needed. Individuals have the option of donating online. Please note that a portion of your online donation will go towards PayPal fees. Donations can be mailed to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. We also appreciate gas cards, gift cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Kohl’s), taxi vouchers from Baraboo Taxi, and used cell phones, iPods and iPads. Please note that we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, clothes (except for new sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, used books, furniture, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include
Special Note about Travel-Size Items: We encourage those looking to donate travel-size items to donate them to the Backpack Project. The Backpack Project strives to provide Baraboo School District students who are financially challenged to enter the school doors on the first day ‘just like everyone else’ and to show these children the community supports and encourages them to learn and do their best. If interested in donating towards this project, please contact Becky Hovde at 608-963-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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