Volunteer Spotlight

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
After retiring from teaching, I attended a Friends of Child Advocates Fall Coffee and became part of the CASA Christmas Home Tour committee. After being on that committee for three years, I had learned a lot about Child Advocates of Fort Bend and decided to take the CASA training.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I have been a CASA for ten years.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
I have had only two cases in these ten years with each case lasting several years, so I have had many memorable moments with the nine children whom I have served as their CASA. In my second and current case, the cocaine positive baby and her older brother were placed in a foster- to-adopt home. After the parents’ rights were terminated, CPS wanted the foster parents to adopt the two children. Shirley Brown, my co-CASA on the case, and I wanted the children to be placed with the dad’s sister and her husband because they were a loving and responsible family with three children and were the same ethnicity as the baby girl and her brother. We worked to assemble enough documentation to prove to the Court that this was the best home for the children. Today the boy and girl are flourishing in the home with their parents and three siblings.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Volunteering to teach and help children started at an early age when my mother encouraged me to teach Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Since I enjoyed teaching and being with children, I became a secondary school teacher. When I retired, I still wanted to be involved with children, so I found that being a volunteer with Child Advocates was a perfect opportunity for me to continue to help children learn and improve their circumstances.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
My best advice for new volunteers is always to remember that it is your job to advocate for what is in the best interest for the child; everything else is secondary. Also, be prepared to have a case run longer than you anticipate. A meaningful and long term relationship with the child or children can be every bit as fulfilling, and most importantly, more helpful to the child.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
The best use of my spare time is to spend it with my three grandchildren. I also enjoy gardening, reading, and playing mah jongg.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you? 
We have donkeys and goats on our farm in Wharton. Looking now for a pony for the grandchildren

 

 

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I was interested in finding volunteer work after I retired and wanted to be involve in something meaningful and rewarding.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
I just celebrated my 1 year anniversary.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering?
Receiving a favorable decision from the judge regarding my first case.
What motivates you to volunteer? 
Knowing that there may be a child/children of circumstance, who may not be able to speak for themselves regarding the situation they may be placed in.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer?
I have learned that every situation is different and to always be intentional and pay attention to detail when advocating for children.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
I enjoy spending time with my husband, who is also retired, attending church and shopping.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you? 
I enjoy watching old movies on TV.

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I saw an article in the Houston Chronicle. It mentioned helping kids and I thought I’d like to learn more so I called.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
Almost a year now
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering?
Going to meet my kids in my first case. They were life flighted to Children’s Memorial in the Med Center and I met them in the morning. I was scared, I did not know what to expect but I was excited that I was going to be able to make a difference.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Kids. It just seems that kids’ lives should be about excitement and learning; about all the amazing exciting things associated with growing up. It’s so tragic when you see some of the terrible things little kids are forced to endure. Being able to make a difference in children’s lives is so rewarding. Wish I could help them all but have to settle for helping them one at a time…
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
Hard to say because I’m still a rookie and learning every day. The process is complex and am learning more about roles and processes all the time. But I guess I would say you will never be completely ready and never completely prepared for what you will face. But if your head and your heart is in the right place you will make a difference! One other thing. You will constantly be amazed at the amazing people that work and volunteer here.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
I really like to fish, putter with my plants and love to travel.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
I have two amazing sons and a grandson that are my heroes! When I grow up, I want to be just like them.

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I joined the Fort Bend Junior Service League in 2011-2012 and CAFB was my core placement. My first experience with CAFB was serving on the 2011 Home Tour committee.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
3.5 years
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
My most memorable moment volunteering was watching my CASA children open their Christmas gifts. I was assigned my first case in the summer of 2014, and it has been a difficult case. I will never forget the evening one of the children received his Christmas gifts from the amazing donations CAFB had received. He smiled from ear to ear and that’s the night he hugged me for the first time. I knew then – there was a purpose for why I was here.
What motivates you to volunteer?
I volunteer because I am blessed and able to give back. I feel it is my responsibility to pay it forward and fight for the greater good. Being a voice for children who have been dealt a bad hand by no fault of their own gives me great purpose.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
I have learned that volunteering is hard work but if you focus on the real reason behind why you are volunteering, that will carry you through. There are good times and there are bad times, but at the end of the time, I volunteer to give back and make a difference in at least one person’s life. Watching that happen makes it all worthwhile. My advice to a new volunteer is to use the support system provided by CAFB. The staff is amazing and I could not volunteer if it wasn’t for their assistance and support.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
I live and breathe LSU sports (in my spare time . . . .) I was born with purple and gold running through my veins and am proud to call myself a LSU fan and alum. My life essentially revolves around LSU football and baseball. Geaux Tigers!
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
My husband and I have a goal to travel the U.S. and visit all 30 MLB ballparks. So far, we have visited 19 and are planning to visit 2 this year. We are in the home stretch!

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Who am I? 
Well that is a question I have asked myself many times.
Professionally, I am a licensed Social Worker, a Minister, Christian Counselor and a Child Advocate.

Child Advocates holds a special place in my heart. I seem to have been dedicated to children in need all of my life. Born in Enland, my childhood was shadowed by WWII, watching homes, families, friends and family destroyed, then experiencing foster care, without parents or hope as nine children in a country cottage were beaten, starving and covered in lice trying to survive. My home was a large hedgerow which surrounded fields to keep mainly cows in the pastures. In these hedgerows lived small animals, birds and me. it wasn’t long before the birds showed my what to eat and the animals what they ate. My home was a safe place for me for two and a half years, safe from the boy’s abuse and the women who took us in.

From age nine, my life became focused on the needs of children and animals. When we returned home nothing was the same except child abuse, which I suddenly became very aware of. There was little food and there were no animals. All of the pets had been detroyed. I would collect bombed out children, feed them bread and jelly, bathe them and take them home, much to my parents’ dislike.

I met my husband in England. He was a G.I from Texas who was stationed in England after the war. For eighteen years, we moved from base to base in the USA and Europe. I volunteered in base hospitals, welfare programs ann then started a child watch program to protect the children on the base. When my husband was sent on isolated tour, I went back to school.

When God opened the door, I went through. Going on missions to orphanages here and abroad, watching tears and sad faces turn to smiles and hugs. I have wept and prayed as God uses us all to reach out and care for His precious children, whatever their need, as we give Hope and Love.

Thank you CASA and all fo the volunteers who give their time and Love to the chidlrne, who given the opportunity, will become our future and our leaders of tomorrow. They will always remember the special people like you in their life.

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I had originally volunteered in a couple of homes in the CASA Christmas Home Tour. What really got me more involved was when I wrote a referral letter for a friend who was about to start training as a volunteer. Once I really looked into the CASA program I felt it was something I wanted to do.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
A little over five years.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering?
The cases that I have participated in all have ended with the children being placed in what I believe was the healthiest and safest place possible. Probably the most memorable thing about each of these cases was to see such a difference in each and every child once there was stability in their lives.
What motivates you to volunteer?
I have always worked with children in most of my volunteer experiences but what motivates me most is realizing just how many children are abused or neglected in my own county. All of these children deserve a voice.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer?
I have learned so much about what a huge difference caring adults make in the most broken of children. I would also say I have had to learn patience with the justice system.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)?
I love to travel and read but my favorite thing in the world is playing with my three little grand babies.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
I’m a pretty good Texas Hold Em player!

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
After retirement I wanted to give back to the community. I have always loved dealing with young children and this group grabbed my attention.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
About 5 years
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
The mother in my most recent case and I have had a very adversarial relationship. Recently, as things are working out in her case, she asked me for a hug. I think the two of us have made tremendous progress.
What motivates you to volunteer? 
I was blessed with the best parents and my husband and I have raised three great children. I want to give other children some of the opportunities that we have been blessed with.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
My advice is to NEVER give up. Even when the world seems to disagree with you, but you feel in your heart that something needs to be done, go with your heart and push for what you believe in. We are not here to win a popularity contest, we are there to do what is best for the children.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
I am very involved in genealogy research. I find our family history to be fascinating.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you? 
I love people, but in a new group I tend to be shy.

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I read an article in the newspaper about Child Advocates of Fort Bend and was at a point in my life when I felt it was time for me to give back to the community. I always wanted to help children and so I decided to sign up for the training and become a volunteer.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
I have been involved with CAFB for seven years.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
My most memorable moment as a CASA volunteer was when the little boy I was advocating for called me by name for the first time after 1 1/2 years on the case. It may seem so simple but for me it meant that this little boy was finally trusting me and being comfortable around me. After this, I felt like I was really there for him because it became a lot easier for him to open up and allowed me to be a stronger advocate for his needs. My most memorable moment as a CAC volunteer was one day on my volunteer shift when a little child came into the playroom and was so scared to be there. Once I started pulling out the toys and games he really became more comfortable and when it was time to leave after the forensic interview, this little boy started crying and would not stop crying because he wanted to continue playing with me. I realized how important the volunteers are for these children in the playroom.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Being able to help a child and see the smile on their faces when they come running to you and knowing I have tried everything to make sure they will be happy and safe. It’s also having the families caring for these children thank you for helping them getting the resources they need to care for these children.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
I have learned that children, no matter what, will respond the attention, love and support you give them. So be there, listen, and guide them.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
I like cooking on weekends with my husband. We enjoyed trying new recipes and how they turn out. I also like reading fiction and non-fiction.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
I had to chase a cobra out of our garage in South Africa with a broom (not a good thing to do).

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I learned of Child Advocates through a colleague who served on the Child Advocates Board.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
I’ve been a volunteer since 2011.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
Seeing the excitement of a small child at Christmas when they realized that all of the gifts under the tree were theirs.
What motivates you to volunteer? 
After reading the novel “The Power of One”, I came to understand that volunteering gives me the opportunity to add perspective and possibly help others.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
I’ve learned that everyone has their own perspective of how things should be; therefore, when there’s more than one person involved in a decision, an agreed upon solution by all is the best way to go. To other volunteers I would offer this: one may never know or fully understand the why of a given situation; however, the presence of someone with an open mind may be the deciding factor to a positive outcome.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
My interests include history, reading, antiques and shopping.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
I’m a twin and one of 16 children, and I stay in touch with them all.

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
Having spent my entire career in social services (with children), it was a logical segway.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
17 months.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering?
There are many moments. The excitement and love the children share when I visit.
What motivates you to volunteer?
The desire to do what I can to insure that every child has a happy, loving and safe childhood.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer?
Accept each family/child where they are. Celebrate progress no matter how small.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)?
Jogging, aerobics, traveling, writing poetry, relaxing with a glass of wine.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
Although I participate in a semi-annual bowling fundraiser, I choose not to participate
in activities that I don’t excel in; I stink at bowling!

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
I was ready to retire, saw an article in the newspaper and decided I would like to make a positive difference in the lives of our babies in care.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
Since the Spring of 2013
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
The whole process of relationship building and being available to provide guidance and support is what stands out in my mind. My high school CASA baby is my third child :).
What motivates you to volunteer? 
I just love children, always have! Never babysat nor had younger siblings but always hated to see a person mistreated and would stand up for them even in elementary school.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
Be prepared to be on-call 🙂
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
Reading/ going to plays, ballets and museums/ working out/ a little vegetable gardening
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you? 
Acting has always been a major passion of mine and I’m working on getting back to it. I also want to climb a rock wall if I can have a big, strong anchor person 🙂 (Now that might be holding out unreasonable hope as I’m known to do from time to time.)

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How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
Since May 2013
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering?
When I was notified that the accused father had finally been arrested. It was so gratifying to hear this news because it was a long time coming and I knew the children in my CASA case could finally feel safe leaving their home.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Being from foster care myself, I am motivated as a volunteer to help our children know and feel that they are not along. A lot of children move to varios homes and when they do, they don’t know anyone nor do they have any friends. Most of the time their only friend is their stuffed animal. I want to be there for them, no matter where they go, I want them to know I am here for them as long as they need or want me.
What have you learned from volunteering and what advice would you give to a new volunteer?
I have learned that there are so many wonderful people involved trying to do whatever they can do for our children. CAFB does so much, it is truly amazing; I wish I had started volunteering a long time ago. Advice that I would give a volunteer would be to just relax. Our kids sometimes just need to see a warm smile and talk to a loving heart, something they may never have had.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I don’t really have a lot of spare time to have any hobbies. I am a single mom with two kids and a full-time job Besides volunteering as a CASA, I also volunteer with Early Childhood for my church and am my daughter’s team mom for soccer. I would really like to join our local Yellow Rose Roller Derby team; I just need to work on squeezing that into my schedule!
What is a fun fact that you would like people to know about you?
I am a dirt bike, four wheeling, off road junkie. Before moving to Texas, I would spend most of my weekends at the Dumont Sand Dunes. I have fallen off and/or flipped over more times than I can remember.

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
I first heard about CAFB when Jan Shiff spoke to volunteers at a mentor ship program meeting when my children were in Elementary school.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
I have volunteered in various capacities for the past ten years.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
There are many, but seeing two children I had been working with returned to live with a caring family member that they knew loved them and wanted them was very rewarding.
What motivates you to volunteer? 
It’s cliche to say it takes a village but I do believe every family needs some additional support at times to get through rough times and challenges. As a community how we look after others when they face those challenges reflects on all of us.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
Volunteering for an organization that deals with a very serious and sometimes sad situation can be fun and rewarding. There are many ways to be involved no matter what your time, financial or emotional constraints are. You can find an organization that will appreciate what you are able to contribute. Sometimes that just means a listening ear and a smile.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
I have always been involved in art, mainly painting with acrylics. My husband and I also admit to indulging our dog now that our two children have almost become independent young adults he’s like our third child.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you? 
Back in my younger days I modeled for the Michael Deas painting that is used to this day as the logo for Columbia Movies.

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
Came across them when searching the web for volunteering opportunities with children.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
A little over a year and a half.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
It was the first time the children all came and hugged me when I went to see them.
What motivates you to volunteer? 
I have had a blessed life and so have my own children. This is my way of paying it forward.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
Honestly, this has been a real learning experience. I was so afraid of making mistakes when I started but I got a LOT of support from everyone at Child Advocates of Fort Bend, especially Carol. One thing I can say to a new volunteer is that this can become a very frustrating exercise at times simply because of the nature of the work. So do bring along your patience and know you will not be working in isolation.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
I do stained glass, silk painting, crochet, knitting and recycling furniture.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you? 
I am a jack of many trades but a master of none!

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How did you originally get invovled with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
As a Christmas present to myself in December 2012, I enrolled in the February 2013 CASA training.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
Just over one year.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering?
Taking my CASA kid and his cousin bowling as a reward for my CASA kid’s good behavior at school. The boys werre so joyful and appreciative, and they were very respectful about beating the pants off me.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Advocating for those who might not otherwise have a voice, and knowing that the only way to break the cycle of abuse is one child at a time.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer?
Slow and steady wins the race. For children who may be in a place of uncertainty, you may be one of the few adults in their life that always does what they say they will do, and always keeps their promises. For the families, you can be a rock during a turbulent time.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)?
I enjoy volunteering with my daughter’s Girl Scout troop and 4-H Horse Riding group and my son’s Computer Science club and academic events. I enjoy just about any excuse to be outside, especially adventures in far away places.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
When I turned 50 a year and a half ago, a friend encouraged me to do 50 “firsts” during the subsequent year. It seems that once I started, I couldn’t stop and now I’m doing all kinds of crazy and wonderful things.

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
I first heard about Child Advocates when I was a member of the Fort Bend Junior Service League. My children were still very young so I had to wait until they were older to actually become a CASA though.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
4 1/2 years
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
Wow, that’s hard to choose! The best moment was when my first case got adopted! But having my second case finally able to have her brain tumor removed after our efforts got her the chemo she needed was also a fabulous end to a very hard journey.
What motivates you to volunteer? 
I tend to have a lot of empathy for others that are in far less fortunate situations that I am in. There are people in this world that have never been extended a helping hand or a kind word. I am motivated by the thought that maybe I can reach someone and say the thing they need to hear that will help them get things moving in a positive direction in their life.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
You ARE making a difference, even when you think you aren’t. Keep showing up for the child and their family, eventually you will see what your presence can do.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
Ha, spare time? When I do manage to find a few seconds for myself, I like to read, ride my bike and plan fun activities for my daughter’s Girl Scout troop.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you? 
I am a 9th generation Texan. My family was one of Stephen F. Austin’s original 300 families!

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
I volunteered to help after seeing the number of children that are abused every year.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
Over 1 1/2 years
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
My most memorable time is seeing a child reunited with their family. Watching the love the child and the parent displayed to be reunited was worth it.
What motivates you to volunteer? 
I am motivated to volunteer because I believe I can make a difference in a child’s life.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
The child’s welfare must always be at the forefront of all decisions. We are all human and make mistakes. It’s what you do to atone for your mistakes is what sets us apart.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
I enjoy running half marathons. I actually have 5 scheduled to run.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you? 
I am blessed to come from a large family. I have 10 brothers and 4 sisters!!!

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
My sister-in-law suggested that I look into being a CASA and told me what it was all about.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I went through training in November of 2011.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering?
The excitement and sheer happiness my CASA children experienced when I planned them each a birthday party! The look on their faces made everything worthwhile and I knew for that time they were happy and really had fun!
What motivates you to volunteer?
I’ve always said that I may not be able to change the world but if I can make a positive impact in a child’s life, then I know I am doing something to make a difference!
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer?
I have really learned to be patient and this is the advice I would share with new volunteers. Patience in everything – dealing with your children, foster parents, court system, etc. Sometimes things don’t happen as quickly as I like or think they should, so I have learned to be patient and stay focussed.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)?
I really enjoy reading, especially crime fiction. I am also very committed to my exercise routine, including riding my pink bike for 5 miles throughout my community.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
That I would prefer to stay at home and watch football rather than shop! I grew up with a mom who watched college football on Saturday then NFL all day on Sunday. So I love football and have a very good understanding of the game!

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How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
1 1/2 years
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering?
When I was chosen to accept a case
What motivates you to volunteer?
Knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of children
What have you learned from volunteering and what advice would you give to a new volunteer?
I’ve learned to be patient and give more of myself to others. I would advise other volunteers to take it one day at a time and be encrouaged because volunteers do make a difference.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with family and friends, decorating, entertaining, and being alone to communicate with God.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
I have a sense of humor. I like to make people laugh, and I like communicating with persons with a different background and character than myself.

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How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
4 years
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering?
The moment that I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that two precious little girls and their drug free mother had escaped the tyranny of their violent (soon to be released from prison) father and husband.
What motivates you to volunteer?
I grew up with such loving parents and believe with the whole of my heart in CAFB’s primary mission; that every child deserves a safe, loving, and nurturing environment in which to grow and thrive. Although I was not blessed with a child of my own, I can still be there for someone else’s child, when (for whatever reason) their parent(s) cannot.
What have you learned from volunteering and what advice would you give to a new volunteer?
It would take a book to list all that I have learned, but the main thing is how effective the “system” can be when all of the parts work together as they should. When CAFB, CPS, various members of the Criminal Justice sytstem, and individual contributors within a specific community come together on behalf of a chld, lives can literally be transformed in the span of a CASA case. I have seen it, felt it; deeply. I have three pieces of advice: Watch, listen and learn all that you can about the child(ren) and those who surround them in your case. You never know what tiny bit of information might be key in facilitating a successful outcome. Always work within the confines of CAFB’s volunteer guidelines; they are there for a reason – honed sharply by more than 20 years of functional experience. And finally, rely upon your volunteer mentor, supervisor and all of CAFB’s staff. They embodied a vast array of experience and can guide you no matter waht your concern might be. You won’t find a better, more dedicated group of individuals anywhere.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I love to fish! My husband of 42 years and I dearly love to catch trout, redfish and flounder
in the Galveston Bay system. I also enjoy working in my garden; feeling the soil beneath
my fingers and watching tiny plants and flowers grow lush and full blooming. I aslo
adore my precious 6 year old puppy R2; the third of our resuced dogs. R2 s half
maltese and half Westie adn 100% “addorrigible” (the perfect combination of
adorable and incorrigible).
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
My guilty pleasure in that I enjoy going to Lousianna occasionally and playing
“holdem” poker. It’s a great way to hone my non-verbal communication skills!!

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
I had been a volunteer for Trinity Valley Texas CASA for several years when we moved to Fort Bend. I wanted to continue helping children. I contacted Child Advocates and was impressed with the program.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
I have volunteered for one year in Fort Bend.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
I am still working my first case here. The children involved are so innocent and trusting of the adults around them even though the adults are not supportive of the children except as it the benefits themselves. The children are very emotionally concerned about the parents and become visibly upset when something makes them think the adults are suffering. The children lack experience to be able to determine that actions taken by adults are only to benefit the adults.
What motivates you to volunteer?
Our system for dealing with families who have problems or abuse is complex. It is not easy to understand the systems by those who are involved for whatever reason. The ability to call on CASA volunteers to help explain the process, research situations and factors affecting the family and to be a human resource for the children only provides support in ways that the courts or government agencies cannot. It moves the volunteer to keep trying to help the children.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a new volunteer? 
I have learned that volunteering can be very difficult. There are situations which are hard to grasp that a small child can find themselves in deprivation, pain inflicted by adults, hunger and lack of care. It is hard to tell the court that a foster home is not treating the children any better than the family they came from. But the hardest is knowing the children are experiencing all the bad things done to them.
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
My wife and I like to travel, to read and to enjoy the grandchildren. I also enjoy woodworking and tinkering around the house.
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you?
We like to watch birds and other wildlife everywhere we go and at home too.

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How did you originally get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend?
A CAFB Staff member in my Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership class recruited me for CASA Gala in 2003.
How long have you volunteered with Child Advocates of Fort Bend? 
In 2003 I started with the gala. In about 2007 I started helping with the Home Tour and then in 2012 I became a CASA.
What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering? 
What made the biggest impression on me were the faces of my CASA teenagers when we first made eye contact on each visitation. They have typically been dealt with so many disappointments in their life that their faces would light up when they saw me. I learned to be careful in what I said because “maybe” to me meant “yes” to them and that could lead to disappointment.
What motivates you to volunteer?
I am a people pleaser at heart. I like to help out and be a part of good deeds. It makes me feel good to know that I have helped others.
What have you learned from volunteering and/or what advice can you give to a
new volunteer? 

Just say “yes” that first time and you will be hooked. Experienced volunteers and staff members will walk you through the process and you will meet great people, learn
new things and have a great time!
What do you like to do in your spare time (hobbies/interests)? 
I love to ride motorcycles on long trips. My wife and I rode 2-up to the Grand Canyon
and Palm Springs, CA in 2009, and to Key West in 2010. This year I have been to
Big Bend and on another 7 city 1,300 mile tour of TX. I’m ready to go again!
What is a fun fact you would like people to know about you? 
I was a Fort Bend County Deputy Sheriff from 1989-2002. It was a great experience.