Each year since its inception CASP has been growing in scale and organizational maturity. At the same time, public financial support has grown from $10,601 (2016) to $65,158 (2018).
Milestones along the way:
- Contacts were made with Central American consulates in Texas.
- Community Asylum Seekers Project, Inc., was formed as a nonprofit.
- Work began on creating Safe Haven – a living space for an asylum-seeking family – through the dedicated support of community members, who contributed labor, materials, and funding.
- An asylum-seeking family was welcomed to Safe Haven.
- The Board received training by the Refugee Immigration Ministry, a well-established organization with a similar mission.
- A volunteer case manager began working with CASP.
- Three new asylum-seeking families joined us.
- Our first guest received employment authorization and found work.
- A fifth family joined us, hosted by a unique collaboration between a local college and the townspeople.
- A sixth family arrived, reuniting a long-separated extended family under one roof.
- Four more of our guests received employment authorization and found work.
- CASP hired its first employees: a part-time Executive Director and part-time Case Manager.
- Four families increased their independence significantly as they moved out of their host homes into their own living spaces.
- CASP volunteers received the 2019 Unsung Heroes Award from Compassionate Brattleboro, an organization formed to foster compassion in the town of Brattleboro, VT.