The Advocates for Children, Inc. “A CASA Program” had its groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility in Orange at 2220 Gloria Drive. Attending were CASA board members, CASA volunteers, members from the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, and the CASA Executive Director, Jane Stevenson. Other dignitaries attending were Orange County Judge Carl Thibodeaux and Orange County Commissioner John Dubose. CASA board member and past president, Gisela Houseman, was present to say a few words as it was noted that she has donated the property and is having the building constructed. It should be completed within four months.

The CASA organization had to vacate its previous office in Orange due to damage caused by Hurricane Ike. The board of directors felt the agency needed to make a move and that the new location would be exemplary to cause the CASA organization to grow in the Orange County area.

Stevenson said, “The CASA program started in 1994 in Orange and it became viable and flourished because of the full support of the Orange community and surrounding towns. We have been anxious to get back to the starting base in Orange.”

The organization has a satellite office in Jasper and serves a total of seven counties: Orange, Hardin, Jasper, Tyler, Newton, Sabine and San Augustine. The current caseload involves 132 cases with 211 children. There is always a need for more CASA volunteers. Anyone interested can call the office toll free at 1-877-586-6548 or go to the Web site:

CASA is looking for donations of labor and materials for this building project. Anyone interested, may call Houseman at 745-2121 or Stevenson at 781-3724.

There are also opportunities to “Adopt a Room” in the new CASA building. Would you like to completely decorate and furnish an office at CASA? The overall goal is to drive the cost of the facility down for the benefit of CASA with donations.

CASA looks forward to even more successful years in the region as they work to help abused, neglected and abandoned children in the foster care court system. You can be involved by helping CASA with the new building for CASA.