The mission of Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services is to end the cycle of child abuse by providing comprehensive care and compassion for foster children, challenged youth 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.
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Intimate Evening in the Vines raises $40,000 for Rancho Damacitas
by Valley News on May 12, 2017
Tickets were limited to 125 people for the exclusive “Intimate Evening in the Vines,” a unique all-inclusive progressive dinner and entertainment event benefiting Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services. The event raised over $40,000 for Project Independence, including $12,000 for the Honor Home, a planned five-bedroom home for young adults in transition.
Rob & Trish Shea, community advocates for foster youth, hosted the evening. Trish, an elementary school teacher in the Temecula Valley Unified School District, grew up in the foster care system and was the 2015 winner of the Rancho Damacitas Jim Fullner Visionary Award. Rob was named Teacher of the Year for Vintage Hills Elementary.
Check-in was held at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Hostesses aboard busses provided by Stryder Transportation greeted guests with glasses of Wilson Creek Champagne and gifts of wine charms. Multiple busses transported small groups to the Ponte Family Estate Winery, where they were greeted by the beautiful melodic sounds of the Desert Rose guitar duo – John Carlson and Candace Klie – playing classical and flamenco styled music that reverberated throughout the barrel room.
Excitement was in the air as busloads arrived. They were welcomed by incoming Board Chairwoman, Julie Ngo. Guests then mingled and tasted the sweet white Moscato, the classic Tempranillo, and the robust Montepulciano wines that were served with an unending offering of hors d’ouevres, mini-lamb chops, stuffed figs and ceviche-filled wraps.
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Lennar shares the holiday spirit with Rancho Damacitas foster youth
by Valley News on January 21, 2017
TEMECULA – For over a decade, Lennar has played Santa Claus for the foster youth at Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services. Lennar treated Rancho Damacitas foster youth to a night of food, games, presents, and good cheer Dec. 15.
Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation rented out Mulligan Family Fun Center for the night so the youth had the place to themselves. Whether it was playing air hockey, racing cars or laser tag, smiles were seen throughout Mulligan’s that night. The foster youth and staff were also treated to a wonderful meal, a huge table of yummy desserts and a visit from Santa Claus with gifts. To top off the magical evening, Mark Torres, president for Lennar Inland Empire, presented a $10,000 check for Rancho Damacitas to Cal Winslow, CEO of Rancho Damacitas.
“We are incredibly thankful to Lennar for their continued financial support and all they do for our foster youth,” Winslow said. “This party has become an annual tradition that Lennar has given us. It is a particularly special event for us and we look forward to it every year.”
As of June 2015, Lennar Charitable Housing Foundation has donated more than $8.6 million to more than 90 charities throughout California and Nevada. Since the company’s inception in 1954, the Lennar Family of Homebuilders has played a major role in bettering the community through charitable contributions and in-kind donations for many important challenges facing communities in which they build new homes.
Pacific Marine Credit Union fulfills local foster children’s wishes
by CUinsight.com (press release) on January 3, 2017
OCEANSIDE, CA (January 3, 2017) — Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU) partnered with Rancho Damacitas, a local foster home in Temecula, to fulfill the holiday wishes of over twenty-five children.
Foster children spending the holidays at Rancho Damacitas created wish lists of their top wanted or needed items, from toys and makeup to comforter sets and school backpacks. PMCU employees and members took each of the wish lists and went shopping for their gifts. Donors ended up exceeding the amount of wishes, and many shopped for year-round items needed for the Rancho Damacitas cottages instead.
“As a credit union, we believe it is important to give back to our local community,” said Sandra Salazar, PMCU Temecula Branch Manager. “We are so grateful for Rancho Damacitas’ dedication and support for our local children affected by emotional, physical and mental abuse. I am happy we could help this worthwhile organization.”
Pacific Marine Credit Union employee, Tina Florez helps collect items for Ranch Damacitas Family Services’ wish list.
Former foster youth still need help to attend college, enter workforce
by Press Enterprise on September 23, 2016
Rancho Damacitas not only provides field trips, but special activities on the 11-acre campus where they live.
REBECCA K. O’CONNOR / The Community Foundation
The Rancho Damacitas cottages in the Temecula area have been helping foster children since 1983 – but recent efforts will help emancipated foster youth while they attend school or enter the workforce.
“The state covers tuition, but you can’t go to college if you don’t have transportation, food and a place to live,” said Cal Winslow, CEO of Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services.
Rancho Damacitas hopes to raise $250,000 to build a five-bedroom, five-bath home for youth who have excelled while living at one of its six foster care facilities in the Temecula area. It will be the third such home the organization runs.
The organization, which recently received a Community Impact Grant from The Community Foundation, also runs six family-style cottages in the Temecula area that house 36 foster children ages 6-18.
Rancho Damacitas provides hope for those in need
by Valley News on September 10, 2016
Special to Valley News – Bianca Hollins
Advocating for the foster youth of Southern California is an initiative without end, yet comfortingly, the dedicated leadership and staff behind Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services are tirelessly committed to the cause of this growing population. Over three decades, the nonprofit has operated multiple residential care sites to house foster youth, and the driving focus for 2016 is the expansion of its reach and services.
Partnering with Lennar Homes, new fundraising efforts will center on beginning construction of a new home for Project Independence. Currently operating out of two off-site apartments, the transitional program for teens 18 and older relies on live-in mentors to help with personal goals i.e. finding careers, pursuing higher education and purchasing a car or one’s own apartment moving towards full independence. Balancing the realities of adulthood, such as rent, bills, household chores and a social life, is an essential element of character building that mentors know their young housemates need to learn.
Nowhere can the vital impact of this awareness and sensitivity be better seen than in the story of Maria, a bright light in the Damacitas community for overcoming exceptional obstacles. Currently estranged from a mother who turned to prostitution and drug dealing to provide for her family, Maria spent her earliest years in search of stability. Social services intervened to relieve 10-year-old Maria of the unfortunate responsibility of shielding her younger siblings from drugs, their mother’s dangerous clientele, and any awareness of their family’s financial struggle.