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
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.
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To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe
— Anatole Franc
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 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 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
Theresa Carmichael, CPA
T. Carmichael, P.C.
Retired School Administrator
Lindsey Wicks, MS, MAEd
Gila River Indian Community
Arizona’s Children Association
Christian Care Management, Inc.
City of Mesa
Supporters & Partners
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Careers and Internships
Current Open Positions:
The Outreach Advocate is responsible for assisting those who have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence, and their children. The Outreach Advocate is responsible for providing services, creating a supportive environment, and interacting with participants, and their children, in a manner that builds on their strengths. This position reports to the Director of Programs. The position is scheduled Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. The starting compensation is $15.00-$16.50 commensurate with experience and salary history, and a 5% increase in base pay for bi-lingual English/Spanish abilities. Other benefits include health insurance coverage and generous paid time off.
Typical Responsibilities and Duties:
- Provide safety planning and crisis intervention to participants and their children.
- Provide Case Management.
- Provide Outreach to victims, by distributing information and providing immediate assistance to victims at community events.
- Provide domestic/sexual violence presentations and offer services to potential victims.
- Distribute program information in the community.
- Work cooperatively with other agencies that provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
- Critically analyze situations and respond on a case-by-case basis.
- Maintain program participant files in accordance with legal and grant requirements, complete all intakes, progress notes, and/or closures during specified time frames.
- Provide educational components on domestic violence, sexual violence, financial literacy, and other topics. Attend all regularly scheduled meetings and trainings as required.
- Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Educational Qualifications:
Hold an Associate’s Degree in related area (Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Women’s Studies, Justice Studies, Counseling, Family Studies, Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, etc) or two (2) years work experience in the field of social services, preferably in the area of domestic or sexual abuse. Additional related work experience may substitute for education requirement.
Preferred Qualifications :
Knowledge, Skill and Ability:
- Knowledge of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, social services, community organizations, and the legal system.
- Effective interviewing and crisis counseling skills.
- Ability to remain calm in crisis situations.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Caring, honest, and cooperative nature.
- Supportive, sensitive, and empathetic personality.
- Strong problem solving skills.
- Ability to be flexible
- Ability to provide responsive services to a diverse population of program participants
- Maintain a positive attitude
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently
- Ability to respect confidentiality of information learned through providing services
- Consistently represent the mission and philosophy of the agency
- Maintain effective and cooperative relationships with community partners, safe home, other employees, and volunteers
To apply for an Advocacy Internship. Outreach and Prevention Internship, or Executive Leadership Internship please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.