Los Angeles, CA, September 11, 2013 — CASA of Los Angeles has taken a large step towards furthering its relationship with local communities, having added new Director of Community Outreach, Gracia Shaheen to the organization. Gracia brings ample experience to the organization, which relies on Los Angeles residents as the backbone of its support.

Mrs. Shaheen has deep expertise engaging with communities, business and civic leaders, and organizations of all sizes. For the past several years, Mrs. Shaheen has worked with AARP in different roles at the national office in Washington, D.C. and at AARP California in Los Angeles. In her different roles at AARP, Mrs. Shaheen developed and directed national and state initiatives, programs, and campaigns targeted to multicultural members, non-members and volunteers to increase awareness of the organization and community presence. Gracia was also responsible for programs designed to engage the Hispanic-Latino population and raise Hispanic standing within the AARP.

“CASA and the work we do with foster children impacts communities far more than people realize,” said Director of Community Outreach Gracia Shaheen. “As such, we want to make sure that we are well known in the neighborhoods, the businesses and the organizations of Los Angeles for all the wonderful opportunities available to engage with CASA/LA. Helping one child today can help an entire community tomorrow. Through our community engagement and service at CASA/LA, we knit our Los Angeles communities together.”

Gracia is based out of CASA’s Los Angeles office and any community groups and organizations who would like to contact CASA for educational programs, events, CASA volunteer opportunities can contact her at 323-859-2888, extension 6318.

ABOUT CASA/LA

Founded in 1978, CASA of Los Angeles is a community-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize community volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in the over-burdened foster care system of Los Angeles County. CASA’s vision is of a Los Angeles where every foster child has an advocate and the opportunity to thrive. Through committed, highly trained everyday citizen volunteers, CASA brings the voice of a concerned community into the child welfare system. Studies have shown that children with CASAs receive more assistance and support than children without, and are more likely to be adopted or returned to their families and less likely to re-enter the child welfare system. For more information, please visit the CASA of Los Angeles website: http://casala.org.