We extend our appreciation and congratulations to the newest class of volunteers including Court Appointed Special Advocates, Supervised Exchange and Parenting Time facilitators, and Life Long Links Specialists. After completing training, the volunteers were sworn in by the 4th Judicial District Chief Judge Gilbert Martinez on February 23.
These dedicated citizens will soon begin the important work of advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and the community. As described in the poem I am a Voice, to a child silenced by injustice, these volunteers will be their voice. To a child with whom the world has broken faith, they will be someone to believe in.
Judge Martinez praised the class for taking on the “awesome responsibility” of safeguarding local children.
On behalf of abused and neglected kids in the Pikes Peak region, thank you!
Front Row (L-R): Erin Haderlie, Alicia Bourelly, Simona Gould, Kristeen O’Donnell.
Second Row: Kaitlyn Sandel, Teresa Head, Nora Garza, Debra Leivers, Debbie Nelson, Jennifer Cavitt, Bonnie Sepelak.
Third Row: Joshua Richardson, Rachael Loper, Holly Ashton, Stacey Jennings Julia Tulloch, Nadine Duffin, Ashlee Wiuff.
Top row: Judge Martinez, Abigail Hartley, Mark Ashton, Carl Brantley, Carol Hein, Zena Verros.
Not pictured: Kaye Anderson, Roland Beatty, Rebekah Corcoran, Patricia Hausman, Jackie Priessman, Janice Talley, McKain Williams.
I am a Voice
To a child silenced by injustice, I am a voice.
To a child with whom the world has broken faith, I am someone to believe in.
To a child who knows only rejection, I am unconditional acceptance.
To a child lost in a nightmare, I am permission to dream.
Amid confusion, I am certainty; amid instability, constancy.
Amid cynicism and shame, I am innocence restored.
In a dark labyrinth of bureaucracy, I am a way through—a steady arm around the shoulder, a calming voice in the ear.
Where others are moved to pity, I am moved to action.
I am as quick to confront the powerful as I am to comfort the powerless.
Though I may be visited by discouragement, I do not play host to despair.
I do not relent;
I do not back down;
I do not give up.
In a system of shifting loyalties, my loyalty never wavers.
For while my appointment may come from a court, my calling comes from within.
To the child neglected, the child abused, the child cast upon the mercy of an often merciless system, I am heart and caring and courage personified.
I am a CASA volunteer.
Written and donated by Richards Partners of Dallas, TX (richardspartners.com).