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CASA Connection welcomes a new volunteer!! Congratulations to Keith Luedders who was sworn in April 15 by the Honorable Frank Skorupa, Platte County juvenile court judge. Keith is ready to advocate for the children in our community who deserve big hearted adults willing to be their voice in the juvenile court system. In fact he has already jumped in with both feet and has accepted his first case to advocate for! Please welcome them into the CASA family.

 

Congratulations Carrie Kreber!

Congratulations to CASA Connection Volunteer Advocate Carrie Kreber. She was recognized by the Columbus Area United Way as an Outstanding United Way Partner Agency Volunteer. Columbus Area United Way Board President, Chad Gonka, presented Carrie with the award during the United Way Annual Meeting & Outstanding Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held April 14, 2021. Congratulations Carrie!!!! We truly appreciate all you do for the children we serve!!!!!!

 

Meet our CASA Champion!

Nebraska CASA Association has named Nicole Abbott the CASA Champion for 2021. Nicole was in Foster Care for most of her life. She has faced enormous challenges in her young life through no fault of her own.

Her experienced being removed from her childhood home and having multiple placements was very traumatizing. But as she matured, and with the support of her CASA and other advocates, Nicole rose above challenges and today is thriving as a junior at Bellevue University. She has been a spokesperson for CASA of Douglas County and other groups serving foster care children. Nicole recently won the title of Miss Nebraska U.S. International and competed at Miss U.S. International.

Nicole wants to convey the message to Nebraskans that CASA volunteers are more than an advocate for abused and neglected children. A CASA volunteer can serve as a mentor to children who are getting older and who age out of the foster care system. She hopes to increase the number of CASA volunteers by sharing her experience and hope for others.

The role of the CASA Champion is to work to increase awareness of CASA throughout Nebraska and the growing need for additional CASA volunteers in Nebraska. CASA volunteers are appointed by a judge to advocate in court for children who have suffered abuse or neglect in their homes. They are everyday people who need no special experience as CASA provides their training.

CASA Connection welcomes 2 new CASA Volunteer Advocates!!

Congratulations to [from left to right] Traci Barnes and Scarlett Johnson who were sworn-in yesterday by the Honorable Frank Skorupa, Platte County juvenile court judge.

These two women are ready to advocate for the children in our community who deserve big hearted adults willing to be their voice in the juvenile court system.
Please welcome them into the CASA family.

 

CASA Connection is sad to learn that our Board President, Lisa McFarland, will be stepping down from CASA Connection as she & her family will be moving away from our area. We want to tell Lisa GOOD LUCK to you & your family in your new adventure! We will miss you-you were an awesome president and representative of CASA. You were such a hardworking and dedicated part of our team and we appreciate EVERYTHING you did with CASA Connection. GOOD LUCK!! 

We feel so blessed today! A huge THANK YOU to Ed Bogue, "Tinman" & Mikaela Kozak for generously delivering a van load of toys & gifts to give to our CASA children. They & other members of the local Guardians of the Children group collected these wonderful gifts from members of our communties. You will be making a lot of children very happy!! THANK YOU & MERRY CHRISTMAS!

The staff at CASA Connection want to express our thanks for our AMAZING volunteers and board members, donors, as well as anyone who has helped us this year.

Our FABULOUS volunteers: Kim, Tricia, Jean, Tara, Tracy, Casey, Joy, Jeanne, Karmen, Carrie K., Carrie T., Theresa, Rolaine, Tom, Mike A., Mike G., Lynsey, Julie, Robbin, Dan, Joan, Renee, John, Kaye and Dee have faced all the challenges of visiting with their CASA kiddos in new and fun ways. They have continued to attend meetings and court hearings in whatever way deemed neccessary. They have been patient with us staff as we try to keep them informed, educated and supported in whatever way we can. OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE THE BEST!

Our DEDICATED board members: Lisa M., Robbin, Travis, Theresa, Doug, Zach, Kiara, Karina, Scott & Nicole have helped us adjust to the changing circumstances.

Our DONORS who have been SO GENEROUS with their donations of gifts for the children we work with, funds to be able to keep recruiting volunteers and helping the children.

We are also EXTREMELY GRATEFUL to all the DHHS case managers & staff, attorneys, court staff and judges of Platte & Colfax counties, the board of supervisors of Colfax & Platte counties who continue to believe in CASA Connection and what we do. You all Rock!!

We can't forget to thank all the LAW ENFOREMENT personnel for the jobs you do for the children and families in our area. We are forever grateful for the jobs you do.

WE HOPE EVERYONE HAS A SAFE, HAPPY & BLESSED THANKSGIVING!! Susie Jarecki & Lisa Rose

Thank you to Ed Bogue of Guardians of the Children for the generous donation of pumpkins. Our volunteers can take pumpkins on their next visit to see their CASA kiddos to decorate for Halloween/Fall. We appreciate Ed's and his organization's generosity.

What a great week to work at CASA Connection. We have been blessed with some donations of items that will give our CASA children some comfort. Michele Hahn from Cruise & Associates dropped by to donate a beautiful baby blanket that she crocheted. We appreciate the time and care Michele took as she crocheted the blanket which will keep one of our little ones warm. THANK YOU MICHELE!

A BIG THANK YOU to Maggie Shevlin, Josie Larsen & Eastyn Luebbe who formed a group "Bringing Kids Comfort". This group of generous young ladies were awarded funds to help make Columbus a better community, through the Columbus Area Youth Philanthropy Project. Their project was to help youth in crisis with care packages that included such items as teddy bears, small blankets, coloring and activity books, crayons/pens & snacks. CASA Connection was one of the lucky organizations to receive these packages. They also presented packages to the Columbus Police Department, Center for Survivors, DHHS, Columbus Fire Department and the Columbus Hospital.

CASA Connection is VERY GRATEFUL to these young ladies for thinking of the children we work with through their generous donation. We know how hard they worked to get everything organized, put together & delivered. We are sure Eastyn, Josie & Maggie have very bright futures in front of them. For more information on the Columbus Area Youth Philanthropy Contest visit https://columbusareafuturefund.org/youth-philanthropy-contest/?fbclid=IwAR0VelnBJ4NObzmsWqrhrGWj9kp4f1O0rBJZY61uienlElepcPXHgs5RCME #columbusproud #community #CASA

CASA Connection welcomes 3 new volunteers!!
Congratulations to Lynsey Kime, John Weeder and Joan Smith who were sworn in July 6 by the Honorable Frank Skorupa, Platte County court judge. These 3 completed CASA Connection's first virtual new volunteer training and are ready to advocate for the children in our community who deserve big hearted adults willing to be their voice in the juvenile court system. Please welcome them into the CASA family. 

CONGRATULATIONS to [from left to right] Theresa Seipel, Tara Svatora, Mike Goos & Casey Spitz.
This afternoon, December 19, they were sworn in,as the newest advocates for CASA Connection, by the Honorable Frank J. Skorupa.
It was wonderful to see their friends and families who attended to support them.

We are grateful that they stepped up to advocate and be the voices for abused/neglected children in our area who are removed from their homes. Please welcome them to the CASA family. If you are not part of the CASA Connection volunteer family but would like to learn more please contact Lisa or Susie at 402.563.4944 or email Lisa Rosendahl at casacoord@gmail.com.

A big THANK YOU to Gail Farmer from 1C Church in Columbus for bringing us a donation of "Cuddle Buddies" made by the 1C Women's group. These adorable "Cuddle Buddies" will be given to the children our volunteers work with. Thank you for that very thoughtful gesture!

Thank you to the customers of Cornhusker Public Power District for your contributions to the Cornhusker Goodwill Fund. Lisa Rosendahl recently accepted a check presented by one of the trustees of the Goodwill Fund, David Scharff. This donation will be used to purchase birthday gifts for the children we serve.

 

New CASA volunteers, from left to right: Kim Schmidt, Joy Dannelly and Carrie Kreber were sworn in by Platte County judge, The Honorable Frank J. Skorupa on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Congratulations ladies!

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