Downtown Jonesboro is a place many non-profit organizations are located. Donna Lamb Bowyer, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Executive Director, first moved to Jonesboro three years ago and heard about this great job opportunity at a great location. Rebecca Galloway, CASA Outreach Specialist, has worked with nonprofit organizations and wanted to stay downtown to work with other non-profit organizations.
How do you compare your CASA internship to other on location jobs you may have had?
Rebecca Galloway: Iíve worked in two places in Downtown Jonesboro. Itís very fitting for everyone. Itís the heart of Jonesboro. Itís a great place to have a company and a nonprofit organization.
CASA recently relocated to S. Church Street from a small room in the courthouse. Donna was really happy to be able to keep their organization downtown for its convenience.
Donna: I love working downtown. I love walking around the corner to Main Street and having lunch. Popping in somewhere and grabbing something to eat in 25-30 minutes and back to the office is really convenient.
What makes downtown unique to you?
R: Thereís just so much down here. Itís like its own little community. Itís a place where everyone can meet and have fellowship with each other. Everyone genuinely enjoys helping one another here.
What usually brings you downtown?
R: I love the food down here. Godseyís is my favorite place to eat, so I come down here for food for sure.
D: I think Jonesboro has a very special downtown. Many small towns have restaurants downtown, but itís more difficult for them to have retailers. Itís wonderful that Jonesboro has local fashion shops along with local eateries.
Donna enjoys shopping at Gearhead and eating at the restaurants offered by Downtown Jonesboro. She normally doesnít go to chain restaurants. She and her husband are big lovers of the arts, so they attend plays and visit art galleries.
Who do you normally visit downtown with?
R: I normally come down here with a lot of my friends to eat and shop. Gearhead and Fringe are some of our favorite places to shop.
D: I think I already answered thatÖ Don. (Laughs)
Donna enjoys coming downtown during events to walk her dog and walk among the people enjoying the atmosphere.
D: Last year we came to the motorcycle convention. We brought our Great Dane, and everyone would stop and talk to him.
What are the benefits of having CASA downtown?
D: Itís great for us to be downtown. One: we are close to the Craighead County Courthouse, and the staff has to appear in court several times a month. Two: itís convenient to be on Church Street with on-street parking for our volunteers. They can easily drop by to get advised and helped with court reports. I think weíll stay here forever.