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SEPTEMBER 2020
Volume 1 | Issue 4
BACK TO SCHOOL
It’s back to school time! A time that is normally marked with pure excitement for both children and parents, this year, there is also a little bit of trepidation and stress. We at CAC acknowledge emotions are heightened not just because of this time of year but also due to added stress of COVID-19. We would like to share fun and quick tricks to unwind for both children and their caregivers as we adjust to our new individual norms. Parenting is hard, but we can definitely help!
A D U L T S :
  • Carve out 15 minutes for yourself
  • Exercise and eat healthy
  • Try to get at least 30 minutes of quality family time
  • Change up your environment - work from home outside, go to a different room for a bit of quiet, etc.
  • Laugh
  • Listen to calm music
  • Get a good night's rest
K I D S :
  • Exercise and spend time outside
  • Listen to calm music
  • Do a silly dance and laugh
  • Get a good night's rest
  • Focus on the positives – share one good thing that happened today
  • Eat all of your meals
  • Say one thing you love about your body out loud
For more information on what you can do to de-stress and put yourself
in the position to be the best parent/caregiver you can be,
contact Family Enrichment Services for additional support from ages prenatal and up.
CHAMPIONS ADVOCATING 4 CHILDREN GOLF CLASSIC
Tres Amigos Convenience Stores and Children’s Advocacy Center of Greater West Texas, Inc. would like to invite you to the 6th Annual Champions Advocating 4 Children Golf Classic! Come join us for a great round of golf while raising money for children in our community. Let’s make this year’s tournament the best one yet! We hope to see you there! 
 
WHEN: 
Monday, September 21
Registration/Lunch: 12 PM | Shotgun Start: 1 PM

WHERE:
San Angelo Country Club
 
2020 SPONSORSHIP LEVELS:
Platinum - $10,000
Tres Amigos Convenience Stores

Gold - $5,000 (3 Available)
2 Team Spots (8 Players, includes Mulligans)
Customized Banner Displayed at Tournament
Sponsorship Highlighted on All Media Outlets
Signage at Registration
Tee Sponsorship
Practice Range Sponsorship


Silver - $2,500 (6 Available)
1 Team Spot (4 Players, includes Mulligans)
Sponsorship Highlighted on All Media Outlets
Signage at Registration
Tee Sponsorship
Practice Range Sponsorship


Bronze - $1,500
1 Team Spot (4 Players, includes Mulligans)
Sponsorship Highlighted on Social Media
Tee Sponsorship
Practice Range Sponsorship


Lunch Sponsor - $1,000               Individual Team - $600               Golf Cart Sponsor - $500
Practice Range Sponsor - $250                                                                     Beverage Area Sponsor - $250
Hole Sponsor - $150                                                                                           Individual Golfer - $125
Team Mulligans - $80                                                                                        Individual Mulligans - $20

 
For further questions,
contact Lori Smith at 325-651-0250 or Keren Harris at 325-653-4673.
NEW STAFF MEMBERS
Our talented staff is comprised of individuals working together for the sake of children
that have experienced abuse or neglect. We are so grateful for the incredible individual
that make up the staff of the organization. Welcome to the CAC team!
CASIE DARTER
INTAKE COORDINATOR/
FORENSIC INTERVIEWER

Casie is originally from Quinlan, a small town outside of Dallas, Texas. She attended Austin College, where she played collegiate softball, and then went on to receive her master’s degree in Social Work at University of Southern California. After working as a Child Protective Investigator (CPI), Casie is excited to join the work of CAC. She has a heart for working with children who have experienced abuse or neglect, and she’s excited to invest her passions and skills to help provide hope. Casie loves spending time with her family and friends, loving on her pets, and playing softball.
MINDY MURPHY
PARENT EDUCATOR

Mindy is originally from Rotan, Texas, but has called San Angelo home for the past sixteen years. She attended Angelo State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Mindy is excited to join the team of CAC and use her gifts to support and encourage families, and she spends her days working with parents and children as a Parent Educator. When she’s not working, Mindy enjoys baking, coloring, and being with her family.
MITCHELL MORENO
DATA SPECIALIST

Mitchell is from Eastland, Texas, but lived in Germany for several years as a child. He studied Mathematics at Angelo State University and worked as an Americorps VISTA for CAC as a data analysist. After completing his internship, Mitchell joined the team at CAC. Mitchell spends his days putting to use his love of detail and numbers and making sure everything he does is complete, precise, and easy to understand. He analyzes data that provides information on program growth, allowing more services to be provided to more families. He also enters statewide intakes, case review information, therapy notes, prosecution and disposition information, etc. so that other Hope House staff can focus on case coordination, forensic interviews, and family advocacy. After work, he enjoys basketball, ping pong, and hanging out with his girlfriend and cat.
RUDI TARANGO
FAMILY ADVOCATE

Born and raised in San Angelo, Texas, Rudi graduated from Angelo State University with a degree in Social Work and is currently acquiring her master’s degree in Social Work. Rudi is excited to work with children and their families and give them hope and healing from their experiences. Rudi and her husband have three awesome daughters and are in the process of fostering to adopt their niece and nephew. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and fishing.
A CENTER FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Progress on A Center for Children & Families campus is moving right along! The Town & Country Plaza remodel, where CASA, Family Enrichment Services, Outreach & Awareness, Administration, and the Junior League Family Resource Center will be housed, is right on schedule. Sheet rock and walls have gone up, and final touches are taking place with internal electricity and plumbing before the next remodel phase can begin. The new construction of Hope House began at the end of July, bringing another exciting element to our new campus. Hope House will be our new facility built on the 1.7 acres north of Town & Country Plaza.
 
We encourage everyone to drive by 3515 S. Bryant to see the progress and watch over the next few weeks as our campus takes shape!

 
For more information on A Center for Children & Families,
contact
Justin DeLoach at  jdeloach@cacgreaterwtx.org.
CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS
For most children, Christmas is an exciting time of year. However, without the support of our community, some children in our community will not experience the joy of Christmas. Christmas for Kids is an annual Christmas event for children that have experienced abuse or neglect and receive services through CAC. Sponsors receive a child’s wish list and are able to shop and purchase gifts specifically for that child. 

In 2019, thanks to the generosity of our community, CAC sorted through approximately 2,240 gifts to ensure each child sponsored received at least four Christmas gifts. This heartwarming event of love and generosity will make a huge impact in the lives of children CAC serves, ensuring Christmas is a day they will never forget. CAC is so grateful for the support and generosity of community members in the Concho Valley.

 
For more information on Christmas for Kids or how you can get involved,
contact Rebekah at rbeltran@cacgreaterwtx.org or 325-653-HOPE.
RECOGNIZING & REPORTING CHILD ABUSE TRAINING
Due to the added stress of COVID-19, children are more likely to be at risk for child maltreatment. Instances of child abuse and neglect could go unreported as children are out of school and teachers are a large source for child maltreatment reports. We all have a role to play in helping prevent child abuse and neglect, and we need your help!

Take our free online Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Training from your phone or computer and learn to recognize signs of abuse and neglect, how to make a report, and understand the importance of your role as a reporter. This training is offered to individuals, groups, and organizations and is proven to make ten children safer for every one adult trained.

 
To sign up for our free online training,
contact Melody at mjeter@cacgreaterwtx.org or 325-653-HOPE.
 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
      Become a CASA Volunteer

      Host a Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Training for your
                  school, church, or group, or take the training online

      Sponsor a child for Christmas

      Become a trained facilitator for Circle of Parents

      Raise awareness, promote prevention, and financially strengthen CAC
                  by becoming a Woman of Hope
CASA VOLUNTEER HIGHLIGHT
It is an honor for CAC to be entrusted with recruiting, training, and retaining CASA Volunteers for the 10-county region of the Concho Valley. Over the years, we have had phenomenal CASA Volunteers that we want to introduce to the community. This edition, meet Allison Watkins.
ALLISON WATKINS
   
I am originally from Cleburne, Texas, outside of Fort Worth. I work as a Horticulturalist, and, during my free time, I love gardening, baking, and making homemade jellies. My two cats, Sam Houston and Davey Crockett, keep me entertained!

I have been a CASA Volunteer for over two and a half years. I was driven to become a CASA Volunteer by many things - I remember seeing  a commercial of a young girl sharing the impact her CASA Volunteer made on her life. I had a desire to give back and help children, and CASA felt like a good fit for me to do that. If I could share anything with new CASA Volunteers or someone interested in beginning their CASA journey, it would be to do all you can to make a difference. You may not know the difference you make right now, but you are making one!
Allison Watkins has heart, compassion, and brawn. She is a fierce advocate and a gentle listener. She has initiative, motivation, and a great sense of humor, which definitely comes in handy during the difficult times. Allison is a pleasure to work alongside in making some tough decisions, and she is a true delight to work with. Her CASA kids adore her and know they have a true superhero in their corner. Thank you, Allison, for being a voice for children!
UPCOMING EVENTS
Group Connections
Join us next month for another
fun event like this!
Recognizing and Reporting
Child Abuse Training

Free Online Training
 
Parents as Teachers
Ongoing
Virtual Family Support
Ongoing
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P.O. Box 5145 | San Angelo, TX 76902
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