Over the last twenty years I've been blessed to hear stories from so many people in the community about their first visit to the Casa. I'm privileged to share their unique feeling of being welcomed to the Casa community with open arms. My first visit spoke to me in a way I had been seeking from the Church for over 30 years – no judgment for where I was in my spiritual journey, no concern for my past and an authentic desire to participate in my growth.
After a couple of years, we moved away but the impact of the Casa played a part in our decision to move back to Arizona with our new baby daughter. The journey progressed further with an invitation for my three-year-old to participate as a hospitality minister – I was allowed to help her. Another invitation turned into participation with the Board's Finance Committee and ultimately as a member of the Board. Throughout most of my life God's invitation for a relationship fell on deaf ears. It took invitations from the Casa community to open my ears, to understand the gift of service and expand my understanding of what an adult relationship could be with Him.
It was also important for us to make sure that the institution and its programs will be here for generations. Our gift is a simple way for us to provide a permanent source of income for a place that has such a significant impact upon the community.