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Budget cuts could prevent CASA from keeping elderly cool

Published: Jun. 26, 2012 at 11:30 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2012 at 9:27 PM CDT
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CASA is looking for people to help, as budget cuts may prevent them from helping the elderly...
CASA is looking for people to help, as budget cuts may prevent them from helping the elderly stay cool this summer.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - For weeks, Catherine Lacy has had her fan and air conditioning pumping in her Huntsville home - a cool down she's getting with the help of Care Assurance System for the Aging, also known as CASA - an organization that looks after the elderly and disabled.

"It was really hot," Lacy said.  "If it wasn't for them, I would be burning up in this house. They've helped me a whole lot."

But CASA may have to cut back on helping people like Lacy.

United Way helps fund CASA, but they took a big hit to their budget. That hit means they can't help 6,000 of the 50,000 they help locally. This means less money the nonprofit group.

CASA safety net manager Anna Rodes said if the goal isn't met, it impacts service.

"We depend on United Way's donations," Rodes said.  "We also get donations from other sources."

Rodes said CASA generally gives out hundreds of fans and air conditioning units a year, to people 60 years old and older.

"They start calling the minute it starts to get hotter," Rodes said.  "They start calling and asking us for air conditioners and fans because it gets so hot."

CASA workers said they are always in need of donations and volunteers.

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