Donation, recognition for CASA
By Geoff Belcher
Feb 8, 2013, 18:19
Currently, there are 275 children in Hancock County in some sort of foster care or under the protection of Social Services. There are more than 500 children in Hancock County who are considered homeless.
The Hancock County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program helps provide vital resources for those children.
CASA got a big boost for its efforts on Friday with a $3,000 donation from Bay St. Louis businessman Jack Hyman, owner of North Beach Medical, LLC, which provides durable medical equipment.
“Many are unaware of what CASA is and how vial you are to the children of this community,” Hyman told CASA Director Kady Pietz Friday during a presentation at the Leo Seal Community Center in Waveland.
“This money will allow us to promote direct service to the children of Hancock County,” Pietz said. “It’s gratifying that the community is standing up to bridge the gap where the state is, sadly, failing.
“Hancock County is currently number one in the state for the number of children in custody compared to the ratio of social workers.”
CASA is in need of more volunteers. For more information, call 228-344-0419 or visit casahancockcounty.org. You can also follow CASA on Facebook and Twitter.