Valor and CASA Team Up for Greater Impact
Each organization can draw on its strengths to ensure that survivors THRIVE after fleeing domestic violence.
We recently began a new partnership with Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused
(CASA). CASA is an organization that provides professional support services to people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse, and rape. Programs and services are designed to help these individuals and their families to heal and to move toward safe and violence-free lives.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children, and the need for safe and affordable housing is one of the most pressing concerns for survivors of violence and abuse. Survivors of violence face complex barriers to shelter and housing that are caused by the power and control dynamics of abuse, which result in financial instability, lasing trauma, and a need for safety and confidentiality.
Since many of CASA's clients are in crisis, Valor stepped in to offer assistance. After months of planning, we established a program tailor-made for their clients called ASPIRE. Through positive interactions with Valor and CASA staff, clients enrolled in the program will begin to transition from crisis to thriving. Special emphasis will be placed on helping the client to re-discover their worth and potential in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Clients will make a personal investment in obtaining instruction and guidance from Valor to help chart their own course forward. In turn, personal development coaches will work with the client to determine practical next steps toward self-sufficiency.
“Housing and supportive services are critical interventions that play major roles in trauma recovery and long-term stability. That is why partnerships like Valor and CASA’s will have a greater impact. Each organization can draw on its strengths to ensure that survivors THRIVE after fleeing domestic violence,” said Lori Wriston, Valor’s Executive Director and author of You Were Made to THRIVE, 7 Strategies to Move You From Crisis to Thriving. “I’m passionate about this issue because I have experienced abuse in my own life. What I experienced left me struggling to make it through each day. I couldn’t eat or sleep and my weight had dropped to 86 lbs. I knew I needed help, so I reached out to CASA. They helped me to realize I needed to break free from that toxic environment. Those interactions were life-changing for me, but it was just the start of my journey. Now, some 25 years later, God has positioned me to lead an organization that can assist with coaching people toward a better future.”
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