Congressional candidate Rob Hubler expressed his support for the Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault (CAASA) following his visit to its Cherokee facility Tuesday afternoon.
"If I'm elected to represent you in Congress, I will be a proud advocate for the work that you are doing at all five centers in western Iowa," said Hubler, the Democratic nominee in the Fifth Congressional District.
Hubler was hosted on his visit by Rhonda Dean, Executive Director of CAASA, which operates several centers and provides services to Buena Vista, Clay, Cherokee, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Palo Alto, and Sac Counties.
Hubler commended Dean and her staff for providing individual and group counseling for adults and children, crisis intervention and therapy services for residents throughout western Iowa. "For many victims of domestic violence and abuse, CAASA offers the only safe refuge available to them," said Hubler.
"Sadly, the Bush administration has starved the funding for these facilities and Steve King has not lifted a finger to help," said Hubler, taking a jab at his incumbent opponent. "I think western Iowa deserves better representation than that and I will be their advocate as a member of Congress," he added.
Hubler noted that several such centers have been forced to close in recent years since Bush became president, forcing Iowans to drive further to receive the assistance and counseling that they need.
"It's time that we view these facilities as essential services, just as we do first responders like ambulances for first aid," said Hubler.