Tuesday, Mar 13, 2018
Peer Coordinator of the Year
The CASA organization of the 17th Judicial District, covering Adams and Broomfield counties, is pleased to announce that Rachel Williams has been chosen as Peer Coordinator of the Year.
Rachel has been involved with CASA for nine years, beginning as an advocate. She currently advocates for two cases in addition to serving as a CASA peer coordinator. In this role, she supervises seven CASAs, helping edit their court reports, attending court with them, and providing any support they need for their individual cases. Her role can be challenging because sometimes there are two court cases taking place on the same day and at the same time, but when she can be there, she is, and she says CASAs are comforted by her eye contact and presence. After each court case, she and the CASA debrief and discuss any issues that may have come up.
Not only does Rachel send a monthly email to her team of CASAs, she meets with them individually once a month and either monthly or bi-monthly she has them over to her home for dinner. She knows the value that a CASA brings to children and she values her CASAs.
“The volunteers give up their time not because they have nothing better to do, but because they want to do it, and that is so important,” said Rachel. “CASA has not only made me a better person, but I’ve become more tolerant of other people’s differences and I have enjoyed my ability to share my knowledge with others.”
Rachel earned a degree in criminal justice because she was interested in helping people. She has found that by applying her knowledge, she has gained respect with the Guardian ad Litems and case workers for her input.
“The CASA organization is valuable because we are helping a portion of children who often get overlooked or dismissed by society, when what they need is guidance,” added Rachel. “Some of the children will speak to CASAs when they won’t necessarily speak to their Guardian ad Litem and case workers because CASAs are not seen as a threat. The reward for me is that one smile you get, or that high five. It means so much.”
Rachel says that CASAs may never know the impact they have on a child, but what keeps her going is believing that her work has made something better in a child’s life.
The CASA organization congratulates Rachel for her continued service and her ongoing dedication to helping the children who need it.