Inclusion Corner: Differently-Abled

by Dr. MelindaJoy Mingo I listened in silence and disbelief as my friend who is working with displaced and abused children in Rwanda shared the sad stories of how some children with disabilities are stereotyped and culturally seen as ‘invisible’. She described how children are labeled in villages and communities in negative ways  to such…

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Retired teacher Cathy Stamps stays involved with kids

Cathy Stamps has put her career in schools to good use advocating for abused and neglected children in the Pikes Peak region. Born in a small town in Ohio, Cathy has spent much of her adult life in Colorado Springs as a dedicated spouse, mother and educator in our community. Cathy spent 37 years working…

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Chelsey Wright makes it a priority to speak up for others

Chelsey Wright’s medical training and ability to speak her mind has made her a dynamic advocate for abused and neglected youth. Over the course of her career as a pediatric cardiac sonographer, Chelsey has come into contact with many patients in the foster system and has seen firsthand how difficult home circumstances can lead to…

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You are a point of light

I recently attended CASA’s Light of Hope breakfast and from the moment that I walked into the Antler’s hotel in Colorado Springs until the event ended, I was so moved in both my heart and soul about why this county needs CASA – and YOU! I walked past the cardboard cutouts of children to enter…

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How Su-Su changes lives through family research and engagement

For Su-Su Sawyer, volunteerism has always been a fact of life and source of enrichment. Su-Su grew up in a small town in Oklahoma where her community was a constant source of support, and neighbors always helped one another. That experience left her with the indelible lesson that giving back to others around you is…

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Why Andy Mullins was moved to become a CASA

Andy Mullins knows just how powerful a story can be–and not just because he’s spent his career as a founding member of marketing departments at organizations advocating for kids with special needs. Soon after moving to Colorado Springs last year, Andy visited a close friend in Montana. His friend shared the story of his experience…

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How Frank Sinclair learned to dream again

For CASA Board member Frank Sinclair, dreams have always held a special significance. “I grew up as the second oldest of fifteen children in a segregated town, and nothing came easy,” Frank said. “Although I was initially able to escape the cycle of poverty and begin a successful career in the Air Force, the trauma…

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Rosie McNeil-Cusick’s lifelong commitment to equity

CASA board member Rosie McNeil-Cusick’s lifelong commitment to equity has transcended borders, sectors and generations. “My focus in everything I do is to provide equitable environments for people to thrive,” Rosie said. “My desire to promote equity comes from the life story of my mother, who grew up as a little girl in a small,…

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