CASA Works, Inc.
1301 E. Carroll St.
Tullahoma TN 37388
Please Help us continue to Lift Up A Child's Life
Mission Statement

 

Mission Statement:

CASA Works for abused and neglected children in the

Juvenile Courts of Bedford, Coffee and Franklin Counties to

ensure that every child has the right to the safe embrace of a loving family.

 

Serves Bedford, Coffee and Franklin Counties in Tennessee

 

Description of Services

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

CASA recruits, trains and supervises Volunteers to advocate for

abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court

CASA Volunteers have the authority of the court

to see all records and talk to all people concerning the child.

CASA Volunteers then prepare a comprehensive, objective report

to recommend what is in the best interest of the child. 

Values

We value the hands-on process of moving children to a safe environment,

and advancing them toward a brighter future. 

We value the established credibility and skills of volunteers to communicate effectively

with the court system to change the lives of children. 


We value the safety of children as the foundation to ensure

their physical and emotional well-being

 

We value an atmosphere of trust in working within the community on behalf of children. 


We value a caring, compassionate attitude that is necessary

to bring a fresh perspective to the needs of children.

 


 


 

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Wanda Strayhorn
Board Chair Hank Jordan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bank Manager
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
 
 
Projected Expenses $182,871.00
Projected Annual Revenue 181255 (2019)
Statements
Mission

 

Mission Statement:

CASA Works for abused and neglected children in the

Juvenile Courts of Bedford, Coffee and Franklin Counties to

ensure that every child has the right to the safe embrace of a loving family.

 

Serves Bedford, Coffee and Franklin Counties in Tennessee

 

Description of Services

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

CASA recruits, trains and supervises Volunteers to advocate for

abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court

CASA Volunteers have the authority of the court

to see all records and talk to all people concerning the child.

CASA Volunteers then prepare a comprehensive, objective report

to recommend what is in the best interest of the child. 

Values

We value the hands-on process of moving children to a safe environment,

and advancing them toward a brighter future. 

We value the established credibility and skills of volunteers to communicate effectively

with the court system to change the lives of children. 


We value the safety of children as the foundation to ensure

their physical and emotional well-being

 

We value an atmosphere of trust in working within the community on behalf of children. 


We value a caring, compassionate attitude that is necessary

to bring a fresh perspective to the needs of children.

 


 


 

Background
CASA Works for abused and neglected children in the Juvenile Court of Bedford, Coffee and Franklin Counties to ensure that every child has the right to the safe embrace of a loving family.
 
 CASA Works, Inc. is the re-birth of a ten-year-old CASA program that operated under the umbrella of The Center for Family Development.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) was created on July 1, 2000 as part of The Center for Family Development. CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to advocate in Juvenile Court for children who have been abused or neglected. CASA ensures that the abuse and neglect that children originally suffered at home does not continue as abuse and neglect at the hands of the system. CASA received in December 2004 and again in August 2009 the Certificate of Compliance with National CASA Standards for Member Programs by demonstrating quality program management utilizing the Standards Self-Assessment Instrument. Our program is a Member in Good Standing with both the National CASA Association and the Tennessee CASA Association.
 
Impact

 Past Year's Accomplishments

 1) Our main accomplishment is to maintain an efficient level of service in the communities we serve. So we continue to provide sustainability in Bedford and Coffee and Franklin Counties by recruiting more volunteers and serving more children than ever before.  CASA Works continues to double the amount of children served. In 2017, we served 483 children (this number reflects totals from all three counties).  


2)Our Executive Director has returned to the office full time and doing well. CASA Works applauds the team and the way they worked together to maintain business as usual.  Volunteer Supervisors work tirelessly to increase the number of children served this year, and will continue to do so year after year.  As a team of committed staff, we gather to assure that CASA Works, Inc.  continues to do what needed to be done which is to make sure that effective advocacy is provided for the children we serve.  

3) The Board of Directors  continue to work along with the staff and Director to provide governing, coordinate and facilitate planned fundraisers with great success. The Board is a huge support to this program. They a instrumental in securing donorship through the community and at fundraisers. CASA Works Board is comprised of a group of individuals who share the mission of CASA Works with passion and commitment.

4) We were able to provide effective advocacy and met and succeeded our goals of children served. As of December 31, 2017 we served 484 children, doubling the number of children served since 2012. We closed 207 with 98% of Juvenile Judges agreement with CASA's recommendations. Statistics show that six months after a case is closed 95% of the children still have permanence. 


Current Year Goals

1) Continue to take advantage of training opportunities to enhance leadership abilities for success.

2) As existing board members full fill their terms and roll off the board, we want to continue to recruit and build an active, passionate board which will take a role in supporting the program and promote it in their communities in an effective way. 

3)Continue to develop new program goals for CASA Works, Inc. to measure impact on children by accomplishing the following:

CASA Works will recruit, train, qualify volunteers with extensive background check which assures integrity. After training, CASA will supervise volunteers who advocate for abused children in the Juvenile Courts of Bedford, Coffee and Franklin Counties with a goal of 10 new Volunteers this year.

At case closure, 98% of CASA Recommendations will be accepted by the court indicating the quality of CASA recommendations indicating the best interest of the child.

Six months following closure, 98% of those children will remain in the safe embrace of a loving family. This can be defined by safely returning to parents, relative placements, long term placement or adoption.

4) Continue to build a strong financial base for future sustainability. Although funding is a challenge, fundraisers like "I am for the Child 5K walk/run, and other community events will help to assure a stable budget.  CASA Works goal is to enhance existing fundraisers that will produce more revenue and will add more fundraising activities this year.  

5) Offer more training opportunities for staff and volunteers that will prepare them to understand as well as offer some level of knowledge when it comes to addressing the best interest and needs of the children we serve. CASA staff attends training opportunities which are then offered to volunteers so that they are better prepared of changing trends in mental health issues and more effective ways to advocate. For instance, staff attended training sessions about Adverse Childhood Experiences, as well as family recovery court and Safe Baby Court.  They used what they learned to train volunteers.  Knowing more about the issues that plague our community and cause children trauma helps volunteers understand how to successfully advocate for them.

Needs
Most Pressing Needs:
1)  By facilitating 2 training sessions per year, our need is to recruit and train 10 CASA Volunteers at a cost of $1,000 per Volunteer; 10 new CASA Volunteers would total $10,000
2)  Our goal  in 2019 is to advocate for over 500 children. While this program serves an average of 50% our goal is to have enough volunteers to advocate for 100%.
3)  The children we serve are often placed over 100 miles away  which requires the use of our personal vehicles for visits. At an allowance rate of $.46 per mile, we reimburse CASA volunteers and staff when they visit the children .  To see a child 100 miles away once per month for one year would cost $1,056.We have had children placed as far as 4 hours away causing a tremendous increase in travel related expenses and is not something that could have been predicted.  Very few volunteers request reimbursement but we feel that it will be necessary to provide reimbursement if requested. 
Every volunteer is currently handling two cases, which is the maximum according to National CASA standards.  
 
4) Meet the 2018-2019 financial budgetary goals which will allow us to hire a full time supervisor for Bedford County resulting full time staff for all three counties.   Currently, CASA Works has a part time supervisor.  A part time supervisor does not have adequate time to aggressively recruit, interview, qualify and train new volunteers along with performing additional staff duties.  Also this position will be required to share the mission of CASA throughout the entire community by speaking at organizations, participating at community events and facilitating fundraisers.  This will require addition revenue to support a full time position.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Volunteers are the heart and soul of CASA Works, Inc.  Volunteers are recruited, trained and supervised to be Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused children in Juvenile Court.  National CASA’s mission for a CASA Volunteer is to have direct and sufficient contact with a child to carry out an independent and valid investigation of the child’s circumstances, including the child’s needs and wishes, so as to be able to make fact based, thorough and objective recommendations in the child’s best interest.   To fulfill this mission, CASA Volunteers spend hours talking to the child, family members, foster family, teachers, therapists, social workers, and all the parties in the case.  This work is very intense, and the CASA staff is committed to giving the CASA Volunteer the emotional support necessary to continue this important work.  CASA believes that every child has a right to the safe embrace of a loving family. 

CASA Works also depends on other volunteers to fulfill our mission of being a sustainable organization.  Volunteer board members have served hundreds of hours to create fundraising events that are profitable.  Volunteers serve in the office performing administrative tasks.  CASA Works has been fortunate to have volunteer experts to keep our computer systems and software operating as well as designing our website. 

Donations can be made to CASA Works by cash, check, credit card or facebook (facebook.com/CASAWorksInc).  We are equipped to take monthly, quarterly, or annual pledges.  Donations can also be made through GivingMatters.  In-kind donations are always welcome, such as office supplies, i.e., paper, ink cartridges, folders, etc.  These supplies support our CASA reports that  must be distributed to the court and all legal parties of each case, and training supplies.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Children's and Youth Services
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Children's Rights
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Bedford
TN - Coffee
TN - Franklin
CASA Works, Inc. serves abused children through the Juvenile Court of Bedford, Coffee, and Franklin Counties.  These counties are rural and located in south central Tennessee.  Shelbyville is the county seat of Bedford County.  While Manchester is the county seat of Coffee County. Winchester is the county seat of Franklin County. Being a rural area, there is a shortage of services for children and families, making CASA important to ensure that children we serve have what they need. 
Board Chair Statement

I have had the privilege of serving on our Board of Directors for four years, the last two as Chairman.  I continue to be overwhelmed by the commitment of our staff and volunteers make to their work and the children they serve.  They are tireless in their efforts and work nights, weekends or whenever they are needed.  The board and I work hard to assure that CASA Works, Inc. has the funding required to provide what our staff and volunteers need.  I ma asking any potential or previous donors reading this to consider giving to CASA Works, Inc.  These donations help train and support our staff and volunteers to protect the best interest of abused and neglected children.

CEO Statement It is important to emphasize the commitment of not only a dedicated staff who go above and beyond the listed "job description" of a supervisor to bring effective advocacy to the children we serve, but the limitless sacrifice to which our volunteers demonstrate each and every day to do the same. CASA Works staff could not provide advocacy to almost 500 children without the commitment and passion of the volunteer. CASA is honored to work with people of the community who step up to say "I'll stand in the gap for a child in crisis". The uniqueness of this program is that because a child has an advocate means that their needs are being heard in every aspect of their lives, especially before the juvenile judge.  Although many things change in that child's life; placement, community, school, Department of Children Services case workers and even attorney's, the CASA volunteer is the one constant in that child's life until permanence is achieved.  Because CASA Works is a non-profit organization and we wear many hats to accomplish the work of advocacy, there are times when we feel frustrated and overwhelmed, but when we do, we realize that from sharpening a pencil, balancing the accounts, from stuffing envelopes, answering the phone, speaking at churches to filing, etc; we play a integral part in changing a child's tears into a smile when they find permanence.
Programs
Description
The program of CASA Works, Inc. is CASA -- Court Appointed Special Advocates.  CASA Works for the abused and neglected children in the Juvenile Courts of Bedford and Coffee Counties to ensure that every child has the right to the safe embrace of a loving family. In order to fulfill this mission, we recruit, train and supervise volunteers to advocate for abused children in the Juvenile Courts of Bedford and Coffee Counties.  CASA Volunteers have the authority of the Juvenile Court to talk to all parties and interested people on behalf of the child.  CASA will talk to parents, foster parents, family members, schools, therapists, doctors, anyone who has knowledge of the child.  CASA Volunteers also participate in all meetings at school, in court, and with the Department of Children's Services on behalf of the child.  By developing a relationship with the child and gathering all information, the CASA Volunteer provides a comprehensive report to the court to make recommendations of the best interest of the child.  CASA keeps the needs of the child in the forefront of everyone's mind in a complicated social service system.
Budget $3477,415
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families,
Short Term Success CASA Works will recruit 15 new volunteers for a total of 45 volunteers to advocate for 160 children in 2013.
Long term Success
CASA Works, Inc. began as an independent nonprofit organization on February 1, 2010, operating the CASA program that was under an umbrella organization for ten years.  CASA served Bedford and Coffee Counties for 11 years, then expanded into Franklin County on February 1, 2011.  The mission of CASA works is that every child has the right to the safe embrace of a loving family.  It is our goal that 100% of abused children who come to the attention of Juvenile Court should have a CASA Volunteer to speak up for them.  Currently about 40% of the children now have a CASA Volunteer.  We continually strive to recruit, train and supervise more CASA Volunteers to advocate for abused children in Juvenile Court.
Program Success Monitored By CASA Works continually evaluates the progress of the number of volunteers serving abused children in Juvenile Courts.  We report quarterly and annually to each of the grantors who fund our programs.  In addition, we implement effectiveness surveys to stakeholders in our community, i.e., judges, attorneys, service provides and workers with the Department of Children's Services.  We also implement a survey with our volunteers to ensure that we are providing them the training and support they need.
Examples of Program Success
95% of CASA recommendations are implemented by the Juvenile Courts indicating the fact-based quality of our court reports.
 
90% of the children finding a safe home remain safe six months following court closure. 
CEO Comments
 While funding resources will always be a challenge, the opportunity to seek other fundraising avenues and grant opportunities will present the board, staff and the community new ways to rise to the occasion and  help sustain this program. We have hired a part time supervisor for Bedford County Program. She is learning the community and has contact with community leaders who can help promote the mission of CASA. She will increase this county's number of children to be served and recruit and maintain an acceptable number of volunteers. This new staff member has enabled the other supervisors to give full attention to the county to which they are assigned.  It will still be necessary for Board Members and staff to put into place the funding needed to support that position by implementing new fundraising events and apply and receive grants for this purpose.  Although our budget is limited and does not allow much room for additional staff,  the goal is to raise and maintain funds through an aggressive fundraising and grant writing program to not only support the part time position, but to eventually financially support this position transitioning to full time.
 
 
 
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Hank Jordan
Company Affiliation Bank Manager
Term Jan 2015 to Jan 2022
Email hank.jordan@smartbank.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Morgan Barnett Voting
Douglas Dietz Retired Marine CommanderVoting
Hank Jordan Community VolunteerVoting
Sheila Proffitt AttorneyVoting
Tiffany Tant-Shafer AttorneyVoting
June Taylor Voting
Dave Vanbuskirk Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Morgan Barnett
Company Affiliation Automotive Manager
Term Dec 2016 to Dec 2020
Email morgan@russellbarnett.com
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Blanket Personal Property
Professional Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
CEO Comments The main opportunity facing board recruitment is to recruit more members who meet the requirements representing each county served. We continue to face challenges recruiting board members from Bedford County. CASA is excited to report that we now have two board members from Bedford County. We continue to push recruitment efforts, in all three counties Bedford, Coffee and Franklin, to resolve this by presenting CASA at various venues in the county and reviewing donor/supporters in that community. CASA Works, Inc. current board is very active and works diligently to support and sustain the CASA Program. Recruiting Volunteers and Board Members in all three counties will continue to be a priority for this program. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Wanda Strayhorn
Term Start Aug 2014
Email wanda@casaworks.org
Experience

WANDA L. STRAYHORN

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY      

August 1, 2014 to Present  Executive Director CASA Works

Transitioned from Program Director to Executive Director, facilitated all changes of management documentation.
  • Implement program, hire staff, serve as Program Director, maintain staff performance and procedures, direct financial and program compliance, set objectives and evaluation methods for measurement.

April 2014 - Present  Program Director CASA Works, Inc.

 Provides professional staff support to CASA volunteers ensuring that children involved with the program receive sound advocacy and early permanency planning. Coordinated volunteer activities, such as training, in-service opportunities, volunteer appreciation activities and volunteer file documentation. Supervise Volunteer Supervisors, offering collaborative guidance for volunteer and case management.

Compile quarterly case statistics for grant reporting.                  Volunteer recruitment as well as screens and interviews prospective volunteers.

Schedule, coordinate, presents and attend all training

 

EDUCATION

Motlow State Community College – 1982 – 1984                          Tullahoma, TN

 Middle Tennessee State University           1972 - 1974                        Murfreesboro, TN
 
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Lynne Farrar July 2010 - Apr
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 47
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 95%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Dec 2014
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National CASA2000
Tennessee CASA Association2000
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Certificate of Compliance with NCASA Standards for Quality AdvocacyNational CASA Association2014
Senior Staff
Title Supervisor/Coordinator
Experience/Biography Dana Farris has been a staff member since April 2014.  She was a volunteer for 8 months before being hired.
CEO Comments As of August 2018 our director has been in this position for four years.  Although there are always new areas of learning and challenges to this position, she is performing her duties as Director.  She continues to attending training which will enhance her ability to be an effective leader and exceeds the requirements of this position.  She works well with the Board of Directors and reaches out for help when needed. The board will develop a new Strategic Plan in 2018. She works well with the CASA Works staff to form a collaborative team atmosphere.  
 
 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30 2019
Projected Revenue $181,255.00
Projected Expenses $182,871.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$26,021$32,750$22,555
Government Contributions$54,000$50,500$54,500
Federal$0$0$0
State$54,000$49,500$49,500
Local$0$1,000$5,000
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$13,921$7,361$21,250
$20,845$17,928$23,317
$0$0$400
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$23,391$32,243$26,116
Revenue In-Kind$0$450,479$219,586
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$147,331$580,246$376,885
Administration Expense$9,513$9,383$10,204
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.881.000.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%98%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$26,293$44,862$44,919
Current Assets$26,043$44,712$44,919
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$2,912$2,815$4,504
Total Net Assets$23,381$42,047$40,415
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.9415.889.97
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $54,000In-kind revenues - volunteers $450,479Noncash Contributions $219,586
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations and Corporations $26,021TCCY (State Government) $49,500State Government Grants $49,500
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $23,391Foundations & Corporations $32,750Fundraising Events $26,116
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
CS Permit 2018
Organization Comments
CASA Works, Inc. is in the beginning of it's 8th year as an independent agency and 18 years as a CASA program.  After ten years under the umbrella of The Center for Family Development, CASA Works became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Since then, CASA has recruited and trained more volunteers than ever to advocate for more abused children in Juvenile Court.  
 
Expense overage reflects salary for partime staff that will balance as we ramp up fundraising efforts.
GivingMatters.com Financial Comments
Financial data is taken from the audited financial statements.
In 2011, foundation and corporate grants received are included in the Individual Contributions sum, as figures are not separated in audit.
Financial documents prepared by John R. Poole, CPA.
 
CASA Works, Inc. was a program of the Center for Family Development (CFD) from July 2000 - June 2010. For 2007-2010, CFD audits (which include CASA financials) are used for financial breakdowns above.
CASA Works, Inc. is now an independent entity. In 2010 they filed the 990N / e-postcard (which does not provide specific financial information) representing start-up raised by CASA Works while still operating under CFD. A basic breakdown of revenues and expenses is found in the attached TN State Summary.
 
Comment provided by Nicole Rose 03/13/2018. 
Nonprofit CASA Works, Inc.
Address 1301 E. Carroll St.
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Primary Phone (931) 4557426
Contact Email wanda@casaworks.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Wanda Strayhorn
Board Chair Hank Jordan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bank Manager
Year of Incorporation 2010

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