He originally got involved with the project because he knew someone who worked with the group who gave him some information. Neal initially told his wife he thought he would get involved after he retired from the Post Office. But instead, he decided the children needed help then.
That was 1995.
Neal said he was once told the average length of a CASA volunteer’s tenure is about two years, which is typically the length of time the court case will take.
He said he stayed on because he felt he could remain impartial in cases and remove his emotions, though it was hard at times. He said the work can be emotionally exhausting.
“I think that’s why I was able to stay around as long as I did is because I never allowed myself to really get emotionally involved,” he said.