Angels pitcher Garrett Richards sparks dreams for foster kids
by John M. Blodgett / Contributing Writer at the The Press Enterprise
Published: Aug. 11, 2015 Updated: 11:47 p.m.
John M. Blodgett, Contributing Photographer
The scene was reminiscent of countless American childhoods. Eight children wore fresh baseball caps with hanging price tags and the John Hancock of a famous player – in this case, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards – scrawled atop the brims. The kids bobbled along like the dolls Richards had signed and now were carried in boxes tucked securely under their arms.
As they walked out of Pechanga Resort & Casino with five adults on Thursday and headed for the parking lot, still chattering and jostling, the children belied what was deeply special about this warm summer night. They were of one family, but six of them, all boys, were foster children who had known abusive homes and were reclaiming their childhood, one memory-in-progress at a time.
This family lives in one of six ranch-style houses run by Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services of Temecula. It’s not your typical foster home, and not just because of its wine-country location … [Link to the complete story @ The Press Enterprise ].
The mission of Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services is to end the cycle of child abuse by providing comprehensive care and compassion for abused and neglected children and young adults through life-enriching opportunities and strength-based, solution-focused programs and services.
Our vision is to nurture, empower and develop self-sufficient, well-educated, healthy young adults who become thriving, contributing members of our community.
“I am really proud about being able to grow in ways that I wasn’t able to do before. I believe in myself now and I believe in the person I can be.”
Rancho Damacitas Resident – Girl, 17
2014 Jim Fullmer Visionary Award
(Jim Fullmer – Rancho Damacitas Founder, Dr. Lovaas accepting award in memory of his late wife Helen, Scott Bradstreet – Rancho Damacitas Board Member)