Established in 2018, DrinkWater Family Services, Inc. is a 501c3 non profit organization that provides a holistic approach to family visits for reunification.
About Mechelle N. Hollins Casey
Born on Chicago's westside, raised and educated in Evanston, Illinois since age 7, Mechelle, has devoted 25+ years to working in many capacities of education: Special education, behavioral specialist/assistant, case worker, substitute teacher, parental support, and anything else she could find to do to serve her beloved Evanston/ Skokie District 65 school community. She holds a BS in Human Services, Youth and Family Services and Administration, and will complete her Master of Science, in Human Services- with a concentration in Organization and Social Services- 3/22. She has earned certificates and volunteers her time supporting survivors at the Zechariah sexual abuse center in Gurnee, Il., and Chicago's Children Advocacy Center, Chicago, Il. She has served on several equity and leadership committees and Principal's advisory board. She's currently a participant of the Antioch District 34 Equity and Diversity committee in Antioch, Il. Mechelle and her oldest daughter, Caroline, spent two life changing weeks with the Youth On A Mission (YOAM) team in various towns in Puerto Rico- helping rebuild and restore the lives of children and families after the devastating effects of hurricane Maria ravished the territory. Mechelle is the proud Mother of 4 amazing Children. She is the Wife of almost 20 years to Perry Casey, Sr. and together they reside in Lindenhurst, Il.
"Drink water, Mechelle" were the last words my mom, Carolyn Hollins spoke to me on Friday August 3, 2018 before her death. She encouraged me to drink water because she knew water was the sustainer and rejuvenator of life and in order to find my purpose in life it would require me to submerge my life in the living water, which I know as the word of God. "While working as a case aide/case manager for several child welfare agencies, I recognized many disparities in which Parents were not offered a conductive environment for mandated visitations with their children. This burdened me. I believe if parents had a safe space where they felt comfortable and free to share their concerns and worries, this no doubt would help ease the pressure of them returning to society with their child(ren) and allowing them to gain power; set, and achieve realistic goals."