Casa Care kicks off with new leaders at the helm

Casa Care, the after-school program in Brady for children in grades 1-4, began its first week of operation in the new school year with two new individuals at the helm. Ruthie Garcia, formerly the teacher at the program and now in her fourth year at Casa Care, was recently promoted to director. A Brady native, she returned home in 1983. She and husband, Ernie, have a son, Nicholas, and they live in her late grandfather’s house on the northside of Brady. Sonya Gonzales, another Brady native, has also moved into a new position as teacher at Casa Care. In her second year as a teacher at the First United Methodist Church Pre-School, she has assumed Garcia’s duties as the program’s classroom instructor. She is married to Alex and together they have a son, Seth. Traditionally a busy and highly active program, Casa Care has started off slowly this year with only 15 students enrolled in the first week. “We are licensed for up to 36 students, and we have already had several calls this week expressing interest,” said Ms. Garcia. “What we really need now are volunteers to devote even just one hour a week to help these kids check their homework and just spend some quality time with them.” The program is held in conjunction with the school year and follows the same schedule. School buses drop off the students where they will remain until parents pick them up around 5:15 p.m. Daily activities revolve around completing homework from school and promoting social interaction in a positive, controlled environment. The Casa Care program is a non-profit organization that is run on the financial contributions of individuals and businesses as well as from various grants. Volunteers are encouraged to contact Ms. Garcia by calling 597-6058 to donate their time and efforts to the program.

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