CASA of HoCo MVP - April - June2013
Meet Mrs. Beverly T.
"I’ve always known that I loved and cared about the educational aspect of a child; but I now know if children of families are in crisis and are going to have a fighting chance, someone must be their loud and strong voice in this world of broken systems...CASA allows for me to be A VOICE"
ABOUT BEVERLY T.
HOMETOWN - Brunswick, Georgia
I attended college at Fort Valley State University where I received a BS in Early Childhood Education, and later a MS. in the same field and Post Grad work in Early Prevention in Reading. I have worked in the field of Education in Glynn, Bibb and Houston Counties for over 33 years. Currently, I am working with the Houston County School System as a Math support teacher. It is a blessing, as well as an incredible joy to be doing something I love, teaching. When there is free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to Jazz/ going to concerts, making my way to the beach, playing “at the” piano, watching any sporting activity live or televised, eating seafood, and hanging- out with my sisters-the ladies of the Warner Robins Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and of course doing community service projects.
I was introduced to CASA through one of my sorority sisters, and I have had an interest in the organization for over eight years before I was formally trained to be a volunteer. I am a novice to CASA, and I’ve only had one case. However, it has made me aware of so, so many things most of us take for granted. I’ve worked with children all my life from the educational aspect, and I’ve seen children who have had tough home situations, but I was limited to what I could say, or do to help. As a CASA volunteer I MUST speak out for a child’s best interest, I must do more than just care. Sometimes, it’s a sit-in and not moving until someone listens to you. It’s great, how our local CASA coordinators support the volunteers, and offers continuous educational classes to help us become stronger advocates. I’ve always known that I loved and cared about the educational aspect of a child; but I now know if children of families are in crisis and are going to have a fighting chance, someone must be their loud and strong voice in this world of broken systems...CASA allows for me to be A VOICE!
I am amazed by the sheer number of children, just in our county, who are in CASA’s care. CASA must have more people that care. I’m reminded of the verse in Luke 10:2 that speaks “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few”. Our children have within an abundance of potential, but we need many voices to speak for them now, until they can speak with their own.
Beverly told us that being a CASA was something that she's wanted to do for some time. Once she was able to include it in her personal schedule, she jumped in full force. Her experience with children surely gave her good foundation and her passion for what she does, keeps her motivated. We are fortunate to have her. She's been truly dedicated and positively impacted the child and family that she served!