Patsy BuelowPatsy Buelow- Richmond CASA and SCAN Board Member

While attending SCAN’s Child Advocate’s Breakfast with a former Board Member, Patsy Buelow felt immediately compelled to support SCAN’s work. Soon after the breakfast, Patsy attended the annual Protector’s Circle event where a CASA Volunteer spoke about her experience. At that moment, Patsy simply said “I need to do this.”

Patsy has been a Richmond CASA for just over 17 months, and it has been a rewarding experience for her.

“Being a CASA gives a voice to those who don’t have one. It’s easy to overlook things that aren’t directly affecting you, but if you look, there is so much you can do to make a difference,” said Patsy. “My relationship with the children I am advocating for touches me directly. The work can be challenging but also so rewarding and impactful.”

Patsy says the most eye-opening part of her work as a Richmond CASA is seeing the impact that childhood trauma has on the children, their families and their community.

“It has been surprising to see the scope of trauma that one child can have in their life, and what it takes to overcome it,” said Patsy. “In this work, you really see the true impact of trauma from one generation to the next.”

Soon after becoming a CASA, Patsy joined SCAN’s Board of Directors and is now beginning her second year. As a Board Member, Patsy helps within the Program Committee that provides support to SCAN’s programs and staff. She has been particularly moved by helping with the celebration meals for the Family Support Program. At the end of the 20 week parenting education class, graduating clients have a celebration meal to mark their graduation.

“Being able to be a part of their celebration, and to witness their joy and appreciation has been emotional and rewarding.” said Patsy. 

As Patsy continues her work with SCAN, she hopes to encourage others to get involved as she has. “It was a natural thing to do. As soon as I began to learn about the work SCAN is doing within the community, I knew I had to support this organization,” said Patsy. “I hope to take what I have learned and bring that to others.”

Interested in learning more and supporting CASA? Join us at the 7th Annual Child Advocates Breakfast on September 29th at 7:30am. The Child Advocates Breakfast raises awareness and financial support for CASA and SCAN’s other programs. The program will focus on the Richmond CASA program with insight from our volunteers and outcomes of the program.  Email Kristen Byrd for more information and to RSVP.


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