JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas First Lady Susan Hutchinson and Mary Beth Luibell, director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), will host a ribbon-cutting and open house Tuesday for the new main office of CASA at 311 South Church in Jonesboro.
The ribbon cutting begins at 11 a.m.
"We outgrew the office at the courthouse annex and had to move," Donna Lamb Bowyer, executive director of CASA of the Second Judicial District said. "It's just down the street a couple of blocks away. We've filled this office already. We look forward to showing it to everybody as the Chamber of Commerce joins us."
Hutchinson will give awards to CASA volunteers who have given 100 to 600 hours of service in 2015.
Volunteers receiving awards are: Pam Taylor, Chris Hicks, Megan Brown, Sharon Campbell, Wyona Clement, Samantha Elliott, Lynne McDonald, Shirley Parker, Karen Tate and Shirley Taylor.
CASA volunteers help by being a child's advocate.
"CASA volunteers investigate the case," said Bowyer. "They develop a relationship with the children and then make a report to the judge, so the judge can make a better decision in the children's cases. There is a training process involved for those wanting to volunteer, background checks and you must be 21 years old."
To find out more about how to become a CASA volunteer, go to the local CASA website: www.neacasa.org or call 870-935-1099.
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