*Book Club is open to CASA staff, advocates and Helping Hearts only
Friday, June 30, 12-1pm
Join us for CASA of Tarrant County's book club! This is a great way for volunteers to socialize and make friends with other book lovers while earning training hours. Bring your own lunch and be ready to discuss!
The June book is:
Garbage Bag Suitcase by Shenandoah Chefalo
Shenandoah Chefalo is on a wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents. She endures numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness. Finally at the age of 13, Shen had had enough. After being abandoned by her mother for months at her grandmother's retirement community, she asks to be put into foster care. Surely she would fare better at a stable home than living with her mother? It turns out that it was not the storybook ending she had hoped for. When a car accident lands her in the hospital with grave injuries and no one comes to visit her during her three-week stay, she realizes she is truly all alone in the world. Overcoming many adversities, Shen became part of the 3% of all foster care children who get into college, and the 1% who graduate. Despite her numerous achievements in life though, she still suffers from the long-term effects of neglect, and the coping skills that she adapted in her childhood are not always productive in her adult life. Garbage Bag Suitcase is not only the inspiring and hair-raising story of one woman's journey to over- come her desolate childhood, but it also presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system.
Please RSVP to your Casework Supervisor or to Amanda Spharler at Amanda.Spharler@casatc.org