Cheryl Lubold: Advocating and never resting

Cheryl Lubold’s dedication as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer has spanned over seven years, even through her granddaughter’s being born with Spina Bifida.

Presented by: Our York Media
Written by: Anthony Machcinski
Cheryl Lubold (Photo by Caleb Robertson/Our York Media)

Cheryl Lubold remembers visiting with her CASA child in his foster family’s home several years ago when he began to act out.

“No matter how nasty you are to me, you won’t get rid of me,” she told him. “We’re still a team, and I’m going to continue to advocate for you.”

He wasn’t a bad kid, she says today. He acted that way because he’s felt abandoned for most of his life.

“These kids never remain in one place very long. When they act out, their removal is often requested. That’s why I’m a CASA volunteer,” she says. “These kids need to feel they have worth because they can’t see it yet in themselves due to their dire circumstances.”

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Cheryl worked 45 years as a nurse and volunteers with her church’s food mission but still felt as if she should be doing more for her community.

In 2012, she learned about the CASA Program of York County, where volunteer advocates represent the best interests of a child who has been neglected or abused in York County.

If you are passionate about what you're doing, you find the time in a hectic schedule to do what needs to be done.

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Cheryl Lubold

She’s currently been advocating for a boy for over six years – more than triple the expected time commitment to be on one case.

“These are kids who have gotten a really rotten deal in life,” Cheryl says. “If I  can be that one stable person in a child’s life, that someone they know is always going to be there for them no matter what happens or how they behave, if I  can make a difference in a child’s life, then I felt this was something I should be doing. ”

Life took an unexpected turn in 2014 when her granddaughter was born with Spina Bifida. Her son was a single father, so Cheryl went through hours of training at Hershey Medical Center’s NICU to be certified as secondary caregiver.

Still, Cheryl never stopped being a CASA volunteer. She’d write court reports or send emails concerning her case while watching her granddaughter.

“If you are passionate about what you’re doing, you find the time in a hectic schedule to do what needs to be done,” she says. “If everybody just did a little, there would be a lot less need and hurt in our community and in our world.”

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