Gary & Linda Casady: Reaching Local in The Dalles, Oregon
I’m Gary Cassady and my wife and I work with the Youth Empowerment Shelter here in The Dalles.*
A lot of kids around here are in crisis. We felt like someone needed to do something.
Once the kids enter the house we see them move from agitation to peace. We restore relationships and work on a plan for them to move forward and be successful.
They call them ‘throwaway kids,’ because people don’t know what to do with them. But, these are kids made in the image of God. They’re lost, they’re in bondage, they’re broken and nobody’s cared about them.
I have a vision that the youth we work with will come to Christ and become disciple-makers. That’s a huge goal given where they’ve come from, but I think that’s what God’s given us in the Word.
Read more on the Casadys’ ministry in our Circle newsletter.
*Story Update: In August 2020, Gary felt called to step away from his role as Executive Director of the Youth Empowerment Shelter. He and Linda still occasionally step in to help with specific cases when asked by the Y.E.S. staff and Board, but now spend the majority of their time serving in other areas of ministry throughout the area.