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 vision is loving, healthy, happy families and communities. CAAFA 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. We have grown substantially since then, now serving victims of domestic and sexual violence from Pinal and eastern Maricopa Counties (i.e. the East Valley). We provide a 16-bed emergency shelter, support groups, legal advocacy, case management, sexual assault victim advocacy, nutritional support through food boxes, community outreach services, and more.

CAAFA Public Documents

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Success Stories

Laurel's Story:

Laurel came into shelter seeking safety from physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her long-time boyfriend. Upon arrival, she faced many different challenges coping with her experiences and life in close-quarters with the other shelter residents. Laurel eventually opened up to Shelter Advocates and shared that her abuser made her give her younger children up for adoption, and as a result, it was very painful for her to be around other young children. She found solace in just sharing her story with our Advocates’ trained ears. As CAAFA’s shelter staff continued to meet with her and help her work through her trauma, she was willing to show more of her true personality. She was caring and vulnerable, yet determined to continue moving forward with her life.

Our Advocates helped her begin to search for a job, which was necessary in order to live independently after shelter. She became frustrated when she felt like she was failing all of her interviews. We supported her by providing interviewing tips and assuring her that the job seeking process can be lengthy—it was just a matter of applying for the right opportunity at the right time. She persevered and was hired at a local business! Laurel continued to partner with CAAFA’s Advocates for her remaining weeks at shelter, setting case goals, and mapping out her new life. Upon exiting shelter, she had secured a new, safe apartment, and felt empowered to continue her journey toward rebuilding her sense of self.

Frank’s Story:

Frank was referred to CAAFA by law enforcement; the mother of his child was physically abusive, and he needed an Order of Protection. CAAFA’s Legal Advocates helped him obtain the Order of Protection and then accompanied him to court when the child’s mother contested it. With guidance from CAAFA’s Legal Advocates, his Order was upheld and Frank successfully negotiated for visitation rights with his child. When arriving at CAAFA, Frank was not aware that he had experienced domestic violence. With help and education from CAAFA’s Advocates, Frank has a better understanding of his rights, and how to identify controlling behaviors and red flags in his relationships. Today, Frank is in a safe and healthy relationship based on equality.

Carmen's Story:

Carmen came to CAAFA after being assaulted by her girlfriend multiple times, having her wallet and identification stolen multiple times, and enduring emotional abuse on a constant basis. She was often tearful during her first few days at the Safe House, not knowing where she’d be in 120 days and scared that her ex-girlfriend would find her and hurt her again. Carmen began meeting with her CAAFA Advocates and began making a plan for how to reach the goals she set for herself. She wanted to find housing, get her therapy dog back from a friend (who was caring for the pet since she was homeless before entering the Safe House), and engaging in therapeutic activities with her case management team through her primary mental health clinic. While working with her housing team, Carmen secured a one-bedroom apartment only six weeks after entering shelter. She participated in supportive services at CAAFA including individual sessions, group sessions, and case management appointments. Carmen has fulfilled her dream of having her own home and is enjoying her new life, free from abuse.

Board of Directors

Norm Duve'

President

Copa Health

Sharon Stinard

Vice President

Founder

Theresa Carmichael, CPA

Treasurer

T. Carmichael, P.C.

Nan Rutkowski

Secretary

Community Member

Gwen Scott

Retired School Administrator

Lindsey Wicks, MS, MAEd

Gila River Indian Community

Braden Biggs

Community Member

Pam Carder

Arizona’s Children Association

Kristie Larsen

Christian Care Management, Inc.

Tania Barks

SRP

Lisa Cartwright-Harris

City of Mesa

Supporters & Partners

Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church

Careers and Internships

As of July 1st, 2021, CAAFA has merged with A New Leaf. For current career openings, please visit A New Leaf’s career page.

 

For current volunteer and internship openings, please visit our Volunteer Impact page.

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 LGBTQ+ persons. We also welcome applicants from different national origins, religions, ages, and ability status.