Hope & Faith


Greetings, CASA supporters!


If I’m being honest, 2019 has been giving me mixed feelings lately. 


Turmoil dominates on both traditional and social media. Political strife, economic uncertainties, environmental crises – add in our own personal struggles and it’s easy to feel like this world is going off the rails. 


Personally, I started this new year so hopeful, but watching those around me struggle with loss and grief and anxiety funneled some of the hope away in just a few short weeks. Recently, though, I was reminded of a line from one of my favorite movies, “The Shawshank Redemption”:


“Remember, Red: hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.”


I’m finding that, if we look hard enough, hope can be found in many places. One of the biggest things giving me hope right now is the renewed collaboration between our local nonprofit agencies, CPS, law enforcement, the courts and stakeholders.  As a system, we’re determined and hopeful that we can elevate the general public’s awareness level regarding child abuse and neglect. We also hope to get more people involved.


To that end, we’re planning a Faith Summit that will allow local pastors, priests and interested church members to learn more about the many opportunities available to help foster children find more stable footing. From simply praying for our kiddos to becoming a licensed foster family, there are many ways to get involved.


If you are interested in hearing from CASA, CPS and others, please plan to join us for the Faith Summit. It will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 28, at First Presbyterian Church, 405 East Corsicana Street in Athens.


We HOPE to see you there!



Emily Heglund

Executive Director