Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association Incorporated

Educate, Intervene, Empower

aka CASA   |   Inverness, FL   |  https://www.casafl.org

Mission

Our mission is to help victims and survivors of domestic violence by providing shelter, safety, intervention, and education, and to educate the community for social change.

Ruling year info

1984

CEO

Ms. Sunshine Arnold LCSW

Main address

PO Box 205

Inverness, FL 34451 USA

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EIN

59-2335910

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

Women's Rights (R24)

Rape Victim Services (F42)

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Our programs

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24/7 Domestic Violence Crisis Hotline

A twenty-four-hour hotline is available to request emergency shelter at any time or to seek advice from a professionally trained advocate.

Population(s) Served

CASA provides shelter in a structurally safe building that will be annually inspected by health and fire inspectors to survivors and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Our 5,000 sq ft shelter has 32 beds and 10 toddler/infant beds. Our shelter services provide a safe haven for the survivors as they are recovering from abuse and working on a plan for a successful life free from abuse. While focusing on their healing and achieving their goals survivors and their children’s needs are provided at no cost to them. The shelter will provide all food, toiletries, supplies, and clothing as needed. All outreach services listed below are also provided.

Population(s) Served

The advocates assist survivors of domestic violence with safety planning and goal setting. The advocate works with the survivor to devise a plan to keep the survivor and dependents safe from further abuse. Next, the advocate listens to the goals of the survivor to assist the survivor and to empower her to have a successful, independent life. An advocate may assist the survivor with the following services: shelter, counseling, groups or classes, job assistance, housing referrals, state-aid assistance, legal assistance and accompaniment to court, information and assistance with Victims Crime Compensation, Address Confidentiality Program, and Relocation Money.

The counselors provide crisis-intervention counseling to survivors of domestic violence. Counselors talk about dynamics of domestic violence, and they assist survivors with achieving goals and overcoming personal challenges.

Population(s) Served

Casa recognizes that many victims of domestic violence have experienced previous trauma that is unresolved. In addition, some victims have underlying mental health conditions and substance addictions needing treatment by a licensed mental health professional. CASA contracts with a licensed mental health therapist to provide weekly individual and family therapy to address these issues.

Population(s) Served

CASA provides positive intervention services to children that are residing in the domestic violence shelter. Services include activities that promote character, self-esteem, and healing. Outreach groups are available during times that coincide with the Women’s Support Groups. Services also include safety planning, assessing the needs of the children in the shelter and making appropriate referrals. An advocate in shelter meets with each child (as age appropriate) in shelter at least once a week to provide individual advocacy to the child and facilitates psychoeducational activities and crafts to assist the child in processing their experiences.

Population(s) Served

These groups are open to survivors of domestic violence. The group focuses on the dynamics of domestic violence, the effects of domestic violence on children, safety planning, self-care, and red-flags in relationships. Empowerment groups are offered twice weekly; one morning group and one afternoon group to accommodate all schedules. Child care and structured children’s activities are provided free of charge.

Empowerment is provided to men one-on-one at this time.

Population(s) Served

The Economic Empowerment Program will develop and provide a curriculum to teach financial literacy. The 6-week class will be offered year-round. Financial instability is one of the largest obstacles for victims of domestic violence and one of the reasons they most often give for why they stay or have returned to their abuser. In addition to educating survivors in financial literacy these advocates focus on assisting survivors with developing skills to secure employment and secure affordable housing. Economic Empowerment advocates are building relationships with local financial institutions, literacy programs, GED programs, Mid Florida Homeless Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, Career Source, the Prosperity Center, and many more agencies to ensure survivors are working with programs in our community to support their goals. Economic Empowerment advocates will ensure survivors leaving shelter have learned the necessary skills to sustain their independence.

Population(s) Served

The child welfare advocate is a CASA advocate that works with the local Department of Children and Families, Child Protective Investigation Division. The advocate educates protective investigators about domestic violence and provides CASA services to the non-offending parent when there is domestic violence in the home. The goal is to have children in our community living violence-free and unified with the non-offending parent.

Population(s) Served

CASA works with the local school system to provide on-going education to youth. The goal of primary prevention is to educate our youth to prevent future domestic violence as either a victim or an abuser. Currently, CASA is teaching healthy relationship education to high school, middle school, and 5th grade students. The class is eight weeks long and covers a variety of topics to encourage healthy relationships. Students are learning about healthy relationships, dating violence, domestic violence, gender stereotypes, and respect. CASA also collaborates with local youth organizations and clubs to further the scope of our prevention program and reach as many young people in Citrus County as we can.

Population(s) Served

CASA provides professional training and community education on the dynamics of domestic violence. Professional training is an extensive training available to any business, including law enforcement, health/medical field, and the school system. Community education includes a description of CASA services and a brief overview of domestic violence.

CASA attends appropriate community events to increase public awareness of domestic violence and educate the public about the availability of CASA services. By increasing our presence in the community CASA is able to provide information to concerned citizens and reach victims who may be scared to reach out on their own for help. CASA collaborates with local medical doctors, mental health practitioners, and other businesses frequented by women to provide informational brochures and awareness materials to reach more victims.

Population(s) Served

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Citrus County Abuse Shelter Association Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 4/27/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kathleen Powers

Retired SVU Detective, Citrus County Sheriff's Office

Term: 2018 - 2020

Kimberly Richie

State Attorney's Office

Charles Davis

Chas E. Davis Funeral Home

Greg Kell

Cornerstone

Dodi Pruitt

Florida Department of Law Enforcement

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes