To mark the occasion of its 10th anniversary of operations, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of North Texas staff members and volunteers are planting a tree at the office, 309 S. Commerce, on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to attend.

CASA Executive Director Vicki Robertson said staff members thought of a tree planting to symbolize that CASA now has a safe and permanent home. The office property was purchased in September 2005 after a flood brought 24 inches of water into the previous building.

Robertson said the tree-planting is a remembrance of where CASA has come from and the progress it has made.

CASA, a United Way agency, steps in to help children when they are removed from the home and taken into protective custody because of abuse or neglect.

CASA of North Texas and its volunteers have served 400 kids, each for at least 12-18 months.

CASA Senior Group Case Manager Patricia Doughty was one of the first volunteers at CASA.

“I just saw the ad in the paper so I volunteered,” said Doughty. “I have a daughter who is disabled and I have received so much help from other people and the community, that I saw it as a way to give back.

At that time, I didn’t think it would be my lifework, like it has become. But, it’s the most important thing I can do to contribute.”

Come February, CASA will also celebrate its 10th anniversary with a swearing in of its first group of volunteers.

For more information about CASA of North Texas, call their office at 940-665-2244 or visit www.casant.org.

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