It was a perfect sunny day on October 25 for the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) open house. Along with key community partners, CAAFA created an opportunity to raise awareness about domestic violence in Apache Junction.
Ray Villa, CAAFA’s new director was on hand and shared some of his plans for the future of the organization. “I would like to establish an educational program that promotes behavioral changes, an adaptation of an affirmation program I used to lead,” he said. The program would be for the benefit of both domestic violence victims and perpetrators. Villa also expressed a desire to expand CAAFA’s shelter to include transitional housing.
Villa has come to CAAFA from the Mesa Police Department, where he was the Community Partnership Administrator. His service includes 13 years with the city of Mesa and 21 years as a police lieutenant with the Chandler Police Department.
Also attending the event were representatives of the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, Mayor Jeff Serdy and Councilmembers Jeff Struble and Robin Barker. Additional resource organizations participated with information stations outside the CAAFA offices. Included were Hope Women’s Center, the Apache Junction Police Department, the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Bikers Against Child Abuse and AJ Parks & Recreation.
CAAFA Board Member and candidate for Arizona House Sharon Stinard took pleasure in perusing scrapbooks of the organization that, along with a table display timeline, spanned its 20 year history in the city. CAAFA has served thousands of domestic and sexual violence survivors over the past two decades and has become an invaluable partner in Apache Junction.
Phot above: CAAFA’s new director Ray Villa (center) shared plans for the future of the organization with DAR member Sue Verley (left) and Apache Junction City staff Heather Patel (right).