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Odile’s Fine Flooring & Design to Host Grand Reopening

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Odile's Fine Flooring & Design to Host Grand Reopening

Odile’s Fine Flooring & Design will host a Grand Reopening at their new location, 911 Green Ave. in Orange on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at 4 PM.  Odile’s is a one-stop-shop for all your home design & interior needs. They offer a beautiful & unique home interiors showroom that showcases a wide variety of flooring options, home decor, furniture, lighting, florals, rugs, and seasonal decor.

Their former showroom on MacArthur Drive was damaged by Hurricane Laura.

Further info is available by calling them at (409) 670-0235 or visiting their Facebook page.


Orange Chamber Seeking Nominations

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Orange Chamber Seeking Nominations

Join the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce as they recognize the 2020 Citizen of the Year, Non-Profit Community Service Award, and Business Community Service Award at the GOACC Annual Banquet on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at The Orange County Convention & Expo Center.  Sponsorship and ticket info for the banquet can be found here.

If you would like to make a nomination for any of the awards, please click here to get the nomination forms. Be sure to turn into us here at the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce via mail to P.O. Box 1073 Orange, TX 77631 or in-person in a sealed envelope.

FreshPrep LLC Named May Business of the Month

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FreshPrep LLC Named May Business of the Month

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce has named Fresh Prep, LLC, as the Business of the Month for May. FreshPrep is located at 2467 W Roundbunch Suite A, Orange. Owner Carrie Richard and her staff are making great food and making us all think a little more healthy.

Fresh Prep provides individual purchased meals as well as a whole week’s worth of food, Customers can choose from their weekly menu that changes every week. Food is prepared every Tuesday and payment is required before food is cooked.

For more info about FreshPrep, visit their website, their Facebook page, or call them at (409) 719-8941.

8 New Volunteers Sworn in as Advocate for Kids in Foster Care

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8 New Volunteers Sworn in as Advocate for Kids in Foster Care

On Thursday, July 2, 2020, The Honorable Judge Rogers officially swore in 8 new Court Appointed Special Advocates in a virtual ceremony on Zoom.

These trained community members, known as CASA volunteers, will work with CASA of the Sabine Neches Region to advocate for children and families who are involved in the foster care system.

“We’re so excited to have this new class join our team of 21 volunteers,” said Codie Vasquez, Executive Director of CASA of the Sabine Neches Region. “I know that they will do amazing work that will positively impact children and families right here in our community.”

CASA is committed to safe practices in the midst of COVID-19. In addition to virtual swearing-in ceremonies, they are offering virtual training, virtual information sessions and practicing social distancing by temporarily closing the office to the public.

“The pandemic may have changed the way CASA does business,” Vasquez said, “but it has not changed CASA’s commitment to reaching our goal of providing a highly trained, passionate volunteer advocate for every child in Orange, Jasper, Hardin, Newton, Sabine, and Tyler counties.”

Gracelyn Phillips, newly trained and sworn-in CASA volunteer, decided to join the CASA movement “to give a child a voice so they would have a channel to a brighter life, so they can feel good about today and tomorrow and can put yesterday in the past.” The rest of the new volunteers will soon be assigned to an individual child or sibling group, who they will advocate for until the closure of their case.

“Even in my training alone, I’ve seen the remarkable positive impact that CASA volunteers can have on the children and families they serve,” said Phillips. “I can’t wait to get started on my case!”

CASA volunteers advocate for the child they represent in every facet of their life and make recommendations to the court to ensure the child’s safety and well-being. As a part of their advocacy, they get to know important adults in the life of the child they represent, such as their parents, foster parents, teachers, coaches, doctors, therapists and more.

CASA volunteers work for reunification with the child’s parents as their primary goal whenever it is safe and possible to do so. When reunification is not an option, CASA volunteers advocate for the child to live with another relative, family friend, or a loving adoptive family. Whatever the circumstances of the case may be, CASA volunteers work with the child’s caseworker, family and others to build lifelong, committed support systems that will last long after the case is closed.

“There isn’t another volunteer experience that matches what you’ll get with CASA,” said Vasquez. “There is a human element that drives our volunteers to do their very best on behalf of the children and families we serve.”

Have you been looking for a lasting way to make a positive difference and pay it forward to your community? There’s no better time to become a CASA volunteer. Maybe Judge Rogers’ next volunteer swearing-in ceremony will be yours!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at CASA Sabine Neches Region, you can attend their next virtual informational session every Thursday at 10:30 AM via zoom by registering at or call (409) 886-2272.

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