By Steve O'Neill
Two years ago, I was emotionally exhausted. My wife of 51 years died of cancer after a decade of illness. I was a Saturday night catholic attending a church where few knew my name and even fewer embraced me during this difficult time. I needed serious change.
A friend brought me to the Casa and I was immediately struck by the vibrancy of the mass and the joy and openness of the people I met that day.
I realized that God was talking to me. He was directing me to do some things differently in my life. God had placed the Casa directly in my path. I found all of those things I was missing and more here at this extraordinary place.
I now have a keen sense of personal purpose and vision. A vision to participate in and contribute to the incredible opportunities for spiritual growth and service to others through the Casa's ministries and programs. Today I am a member of the Casa Board of Directors and the Finance and Endowment Committees. Most importantly I have found unconditional acceptance, solace in people I can talk to and a place where I feel truly needed and accepted.
It has given me joy and delight to financially support the vision of this great institution not only today but in the future through my endowment. The endowment ensures that this place that does so much for so many today will be available for all of our families.
I have remarried and have an incredible wife, her two children and 6 grandchildren. My estate plan has changed but the Casa remains a primary part.
If you want to share in the long-term viability of the Casa you can get started by contacting Mary Dunn, Director of the Endowment Initiative, at (480) 355-0345 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Her classes on legacy planning are eye-opening and can lead you in defining the words and images of your lifetime that you want to pass on to your family and others. Together we can assure the continuance of the work of the Casa - FOREVER.