Over the last few months, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of DeKalb County has seen an increase in residents served due to new cases coming into the juvenile court system. With the growing number of clients and the need to ensure COVID-19 safety precautions are in place and practiced, CASA was forced to explore online options to continue meeting with clients. Along with online software and connectivity comes an increase in cost. CASA applied for a DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Grant offered through the DeKalb County Community Foundation.
The request for funding was awarded with a $2,000 grant in June 2020. The grant dollars were used to purchase telecommunication services, subscriptions, and offset the increased cost for staff using cellular data. The upgraded technology allows CASA DeKalb County to continue serving as the voice for abused and neglected children in DeKalb County who are involved in the court system through no fault of their own.
Looking ahead, they anticipate “access to internet for clients” as one of the priority needs should Illinois corona virus cases rise and schools not resume in-person teaching this fall. Other anticipated needs for their clients include: Access to a safe residence, access to food, access to medical care, and access to educational needs.
The mission of CASA DeKalb County is to advocate for and serve as the voice for abused and neglected children in DeKalb County.
Thank you to the many donors whose gifts make grants like these possible! And thank you to the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund for the multiple grants that boosted the amount we were able to give in response to local needs.
Funding for this grant program is made possible by the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund, a new component pass through Fund created in collaboration with various local funding partners. The Fund’s purpose is to be a depository for contributions intended to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in DeKalb County by distributing grants that address preparedness, response, recovery, and/or rebuilding efforts.