Oct 10, 2016
CASA stands out from other affordable housing developers.
For 24 years, they have been helping make sure the chronically homeless never have to face homelessness again. They have provided more than 1,000 individuals with a place to call home, a neighborhood, a community and, most importantly – hope for the future.
Through the Centerline100 program, Centerliners had the opportunity to work with CASA, helping with yard work and groundskeeping at an expanded CASA facility developed for assisting the homeless.
Christian Sullivan, account director at Centerline, spent her Centerline100 volunteer day with CASA.
“What CASA is doing is such a good thing,” Sullivan said. “They’re helping the economy grow by helping people off the streets, and working with them gives you a new perspective. We become so consumed with what we don’t have, work related stress or life in general. It was humbling to be there because it served as a reminder of how trivial our stresses truly are when some people are just grateful to have a job and the ability to feed themselves. Material things mean nothing; what’s stressful and terrifying is not knowing from where your next meal will come or where you’ll lay your head each night.”
Sullivan, who has a son, said that working with CASA hit particularly close to home.
“I’m thankful that my son doesn’t understand those fears. But I can remember 15 years ago, when I was just out of college and newly married – really just getting started in life – and I did spend nights wondering how I’d buy food that week, scared of losing my job because I didn’t have the gas money needed to drive to the office, and scared of not being able to pay rent and finding myself out on the street. I like to volunteer locally so that my son can learn to have an appreciation of what he has and an understanding of what the reality is for others. I want to ensure he can see the importance of compassion and helping others, and in doing so he can be a part of making a positive impact on the community and in the life of others less fortunate.”
CASA offers permanent housing solutions for individuals and families on a limited income, who pay 30% of their income on rent. They offer three different types of housing: supportive housing for people living with a disability, workforce housing for families with low to moderate incomes, and veteran housing, offering quality, affordable housing for veterans.
We encourage the sense of hope that tomorrow can be better than today, recognizing that how someone lives fosters the independence, sense of dignity, and confidence to face the challenges of everyday living. – CASA
Want to learn more about CASA, or see how you can volunteer? Learn more here.
Sometimes, it’s good to get a new perspective.
“It’s good to remember that when you think things are really, really bad – there’s always someone struggling more than you are. And doing what you can to help them will, in a million different ways, end up helping you the most.”
Sullivan documented her experience working with CASA on our Snapchat account – check out the video below! You can also see more about the Centerline100 program here.