New Name, Donation Highlight Breakfast

The Sheridan-Johnson County Community Foundation presents $15,000 check to the Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns (now COMPASS Center for Families). (Photo by Pat Blair)

The Child Advocacy Services of the Big Horns has a new name.

The organization is now to be known as the COMPASS Center for Families, according to Executive Director Susan Carr, who announced the new name at Friday morning's CASA Light of Hope Breakfast. CASA, which provides volunteers to work with and help children who are involved in the court system, is one of the programs operated by COMPASS.

Carr explained the reason for the change in the organization's name.

She said the agency runs five different programs that assist not only children but their parents. She said every day, the agency provides help and support for those who choose to end the cycle of violence for their families. She talked about the organization's newest mediation program.

The breakfast started with the presentation of a check for $15,000 to the agency from the Local Board of the Sheridan-Johnson County Wyoming Community Foundation. The money is for expansion of the CASA program in Sheridan. And Mitch Craft, principal of Sheridan Junior High School and coordinator of the local school district's Next Level program to increase graduation rates, was honored as the 2016 Champion for Children.

Guest speakers were Miss Wyoming Mikaela Shaw and E. James Burke, chief justice of Wyoming's Supreme Court. Burke said Sheridan truly is a special place.

Sheridan's CASA program is 25 years old and was the first program of its kind in Wyoming.