Cultural Connections: The traditions and lessons of Día de los Muertos

Cultural Connections: The traditions and lessons of Día de los Muertos

Oct 30 2017

Día de los Muertos is a vibrant celebration of connection, of remembrance, of cherishing loved ones who’ve passed. The Mexican holiday, which takes place from October 31 to November 2, is celebrated in Central and South America, stateside, and acknowledged around the world. Families and friends gather together and set up altars to remember and pray for deceased loved ones, and to send good wishes for their journeys in the afterlife.

For some members of our staff, Día de los Muertos takes on a special meaning.  Read More

CASA Volunteers Make a Difference Every Day and for Years to Come

CASA Volunteers Make a Difference Every Day and for Years to Come

Oct 28 2017

Today is national Make a Difference Day, one of the largest days of service nationwide when volunteers come together to improve the lives of others.

CASA volunteers are making a powerful difference for children every single day, even though it isn’t always obvious. Read More

Meeting the Needs of Sex Trafficking Survivors

Meeting the Needs of Sex Trafficking Survivors

Oct 18 2017

One seemingly small act of grace can be astronomical for a child who’s been abused or neglected. For Sofia, that small act of grace kept her from living in a situation where she was abused and disrespected.

Sofia is a survivor of sex trafficking. After coming into care as a teenager, Sofia had a habit of running away and being kicked out of her relatives’ homes, some of whom repeatedly shamed Sofia for her sexuality and her past traumatic trafficking experiences.

It was clear Sofia desperately needed a safe, dedicated and consistent place to call home. Read More

Meet Volunteer Advocate Radina Boneva

Meet Volunteer Advocate Radina Boneva

Oct 04 2017

Growing up in a small town in Bulgaria, Radina Boneva imagined a future working in diplomatic foreign affairs. 

After moving to Madrid for university, where she studied Political Science and Public Administration, she instead took a job working in immigration services for Madrid. Her work there involved helping recent immigrants access the assistance they needed to settle in their new home. “It wasn’t what I was thinking about when I started studying at 19, but I loved my work,” she says. “Working with people from all over the world was really enriching.”

Four years ago, Radina and her husband moved to the United States, living first in New York before moving to Austin.  Read More