John­son hired as CASA’s outreach co­or­di­na­tor

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - dholt@ches­pub.com By DUSTIN HOLT

DEN­TON — Chan­dler John­son grew up in Caro­line County, grad­u­at­ing from Colonel Richard­son High School be­fore go­ing across the Bay Bridge to earn her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in so­ci­ol­ogy from Tow­son Univer­sity and her master’s in so­cial work from the Univer­sity of Mary­land.

Now John­son, 24, has re­turned home and serves as the outreach co­or­di­na­tor for CASA of Caro­line. She was hired in April.

“Just what CASA does is so great and a ver y big need in Caro­line County,” she said. “I wanted to be a part of that. Caro­line County has given so much to me, and I felt I needed to give some­thing back.

“I wanted to have a di­rect, pos­i­tive im­pact on some­one’s life, so why not do that right in my home­town,” she said. “Help­ing so close to home touches my heart.”

After grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, John­son served in Amer­iCorps for a year, men­tor­ing and ad­vo­cat­ing for youth in­volved with the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem in Bal­ti­more City. She also serves as a CASA trained vol­un­teer and is as­signed to help a child in court.

“We just re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate Chan­dler’s pas­sion,” said CASA of Caro­line Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Shelly Kulp. “She has two roles here. She has been as­signed a youth in Caro­line County. She ap­pears in court with the child. She not only works for us, but also she shares her tal­ents and gifts to ser ve here.”

CASA of Caro­line be­gan as a group of con­cerned cit­i­zens who rec­og­nized the need for some­one to watch out for the best in­ter­est of chil­dren in foster care. CASA of Caro­line be­came op­er­a­tional in Septem­ber 2003 un­der Cir­cuit Court Judge J. Owen Wise. The or­ga­ni­za­tion re­mains com­mit­ted to as­sur­ing that abused and ne­glected chil­dren are heard and pro­vided with one con­sis­tent pres­ence in their lives, a CASA ad­vo­cate.

For more in­for­ma­tion about CASA of Caro­line, visit www.car­o­linecasa.org.

Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_S­tarDem.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

CASA of Caro­line Outreach Co­or­di­na­tor Chan­dler John­son stands out­side the CASA of­fice on Mar­ket Street in down­town Den­ton.

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