Today’s CASA of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties Community Superhero is Tomaro Pilgrim, MS, founder of Tomaro’s C.H.A.N.G.E. (Creating Healing, Answers and Necessary Guidance for Excellence).
The mission of Tomaro’s C.H.A.N.G.E. is “to aid and assist families and other organizations, globally in the fight to ensure that children who have the misfortune of being maltreated, are at risk of maltreatment, and/or who reside in disenfranchised communities.”
She is also co-founder and Vice President of Osrick Ingredients Cricket an online boutique that sells male apparel.
We are thrilled to have Tomaro as a part of our CASA family. She says her affiliation with CASA began about four years ago when “I met Deanna Davis who invited my organization to a few of the community awareness events. Last year I decided to become a volunteer, but since then I have grown fond of CASA and the work of the advocates, and have tried to stay involved in some way.
When it comes to being a participant in the fight against child abuse, she says, “I am more ‘hands on’; for about eight years I worked in group homes, residential treatment centers, as a mentor, and as a Behavioral Assistant. In 2010, I started TC.; now I dedicate myself to helping in any area that I can that will assist in ensuring the well-being of children via charity, and guidance.
Her favorite superhero is Wonder Woman because, “I remember always thinking that she was a beautiful person on the inside and out. She was all about justice, peace, and love for all. She was the ‘soft’ one; doing her job but still such a lady. Of all the superheroes that I did like she was definitely one that I wanted to ‘be like when I grew up.’”
Her hands-on approach is also applied to her ideas on taking charge of the bullying issue we have in schools today. She feels that, “Education and action is the most effective way to deal with the majority of the issues with children today. Children need to be educated on the dangers (emotional and physical…suicide, etc.) of bullying; they need to understand the hurt that they cause others. From my experience teaching, guiding children in the way that they should behave…hands on education, is very helpful in how they treat others.”
Drive and motivation came unexpectedly for Tomaro, “My interest in child abuse awareness (and other issues with children) came by surprise. I was working in the corporate world; after losing my job because my youngest child was sick a few times I decided that it was time to look into a career. That lead me into mental health; after several years of that I was able to see that huge need for awareness and action. My passion and desire to make a difference is what drives me; TC is just the beginning of what I’d like to do.”
When asked what she would like to see done to improve the community, she said, “I would like to see a decrease in the number of children being abused and neglected; I would like to see more action taken to assist at risk families (i.e. impoverished, etc.) and I would like to see changes in the educational system that will allow poor children, and children in foster care the same opportunities as their counterparts.”
Tomaro’s dedication to our community is incredible. With her ideas and motivation, our community is a better place!
Do you know of a Community Superhero? Help CASA of CGS recognize the effort put forth by them to improve our community!
Email Jennifer Kaysen at Jennkaysen@gmail.com.