Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

About US

Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA)’s mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to be free from abuse through collaboration, prevention, awareness, and support. Our agency was founded in 1998 by community members who were confronted by the tragic reality that local victims of domestic violence and their children were living in their cars and out in the desert because they had nowhere to go. CAAFA has grown substantially since then, now serving victims of domestic violence from east Maricopa and northern Pinal counties and victims of sexual violence from eastern Maricopa and all of Pinal Counties. We provide a 16-bed emergency shelter, support groups, legal advocacy, case management, sexual assault victim advocacy, nutritional support through food boxes, and community outreach services.

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Success Stories

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe
— Anatole Franc

Jane's Story:

Jane’s husband began abusing her verbally, physically, and in front of their children. Jane was a mother of five. Jane came to CAAFA’s safe home pregnant with her sixth child. She gave birth to her daughter while living in shelter. Jane’s emotions and ability to cope were damaged as a result of the abuse she endured. Over time, Jane attended groups and one-on-one empowerment sessions. Today, Jane keeps in touch with CAAFA, and is employed, has a home, is emotionally strong, and her children are doing well. Jane is grateful and credits the services at the organization with her ability to survive and thrive.

Susan’s Story:

Susan and her child came into the shelter with just the clothes on their backs. She was very tearful and began to cry as she walked around the shelter. Staff was supportive and created an environment where she felt safe. Susan confided in staff regarding her abuse and shared that she wished to learn about an order of protection. A CAAFA legal advocate took a few hours with her to fully explain the details and what to expect from such a document. Given the horrific experiences Susan came from, the Sexual Violence Services Coordinator became heavily involved.

Susan started to talk to staff on a regular basis, she laughed with other participants and began to help other mothers in the shelter with their cooking. She loved to cook! Susan found it in herself to look for a job and saved her money to move into a place of her own with her child. Within a few months, Susan ended up moving into her own place and beginning a life free from violence thanks to the helping hands of CAAFA.

Joanna’s Story:

Our participant, Joanna, was referred to us by our Victim’s Services partner through the prosecutor’s office. Joanna had survived a horrific sexual assault which was being prosecuted through the criminal justice system. Our Sexual Violence Services Coordinator (SVSC) partnered with Joanna’s advocate through the prosecutor’s office to ensure that she was receiving support for her emotional needs as well as support through the criminal case.

When our SVSC first began meeting with Joanna, she needed extensive emotional support in order to begin processing her experience. Often, our SVSC would meet with Joanna for 3-4 hours each session in order to support her in processing her trauma.

As Joanna began to work through some of her trauma and feel more comfortable, our SVSC was able to assist her in meeting some of her other needs by connecting her with a few of our community partners. Through these community partners, Joanna was able to secure AHCCCS, nutrition assistance, and Victims Compensation benefits. With the help of our Legal Advocates, Joanna has applied for disability benefits.

She is currently living independently in transitional housing, is participating in weekly classes, and is about to start with a sexual violence support group. Joanna is thriving and told our SVSC that she finally feels like she can breathe again and make her life what she wants it to be.

Board of Directors

Maria Elena Ochoa

President

Against Abuse

Sharon Stinard

Vice President

Founder

Nan Rutkowski

Secretary

Community Member

Gwen Scott

Retired School Administrator

Debbie Jusko

Arizona Bank & Trust

Supporters

Pinal County Attorney’s Office – Kent Volkmer, Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Daniella’s Thrift Store, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Careers and Internships

Current Open Positions Listed Below:

Internship

CAAFA Internship

To apply for an Advocacy Internship. Outreach and Prevention Internship, or Executive Leadership Internship please email your resume and cover letter to doriant@caafaaz.org.

To apply for a Direct Service Internship to work directly with victims of domestic and sexual violence and/or their children please email your resume and cover letter to abigailp@caafaaz.org .

CAAFA is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to employment policies and procedures assuring all qualified persons are accorded equal opportunity for employment, promotion, and training. We encourage applicants from diverse groups to apply including, but not limited to African-American, Latina/o, Native American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and LGBT persons. We also welcome applicants from different national origins, religions, ages, and ability status.

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