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December 2022

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LUIS AND SEAN: PHOTO COURTESY OF VOICES FOR CHILDREN RESOUNDING JOY: COURTESY PHOTO Tabanao didn't initially realize quite how deeply he had touched the boys' lives. "I never really thought about the impact until Luis and Sean were older and on their own," he says. "ey began calling and asking me for advice about their lives. At that point, our connection deepened into something I had not expected: ey began seeking me out as a trusted mentor. I'm proud to have supported them on their journey as their CASA and it gives me so much joy to see everything they have accomplished." Voices for Children has an ongoing need for volunteers interested in training to become CASAs to meet an overwhelming demand, and donations help the organization train and support those CASAs. "I wish there were more CASAs," says Luis. "If people truly just understood the difference that you're making. ere's a moment of sacrifice that you're going to have to make, having to say no to things that are going to eat your time, but the reward, even if the story's not like mine — it is still so incredible. ere are happy endings." speakupnow.org Resounding Joy When we talk about healing, there is a tendency to first think of physical wounds. But in truth, brain injuries, and even the brain's ability to facilitate recovery throughout the body, is also a critical element of any healing process. Resounding Joy is a shining example of activating the brain's power to heal. Certified music therapists use various methods to engage the brain through sound, including active music making, lyric analysis, song writing, and pairing creative arts with music, in addition to simple passive listening. "rough music, we can provide hope when some people feel like there is no hope," says founder and CEO Barbara Reuer. "We can bring a smile to Focus philanthropy << @ranchandcoast ranchandcoast.com 42 DECEMBER 2022 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE Luis and Sean Green with CASA Art Tabano circa 2000 "Music is the only art that activates all of the brain... and we get to use that as a tool under the direction of board certified therapists so that we can make a really big difference," says Barbara Reuer, founder and CEO of Resounding Joy

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