Mission Statement

Rancho Damacitas mission is to break the generational cycle of abuse and poverty by empowering at-risk, single mothers with young children and individuals with a history of foster care or child abuse.

Vision Statement

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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2018 Visionary Award Honoree

Eye on the Community Podcast: Helping Homeless Women and Children

September 11, 2018

Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services was founded in 1983 in Temecula. It started as a foster home for young girls removed from their homes due to severe abuse and neglect.

Over the years Rancho Damacitas transitioned the residential campus from serving foster youth to serving struggling single mothers with young children through the Empowerment Village Program.

The program helps homeless single moms with young children by providing them with housing and work assistance to get them off the streets while helping them build accountability, financial stability and faith in themselves.

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May 24, 2018

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Honoring Tomorrow’s Leaders

by The Valley Business Journal on March 1, 2018

Successful, motivated young adults transitioning from foster care to self-sufficiency will soon have an exciting, new opportunity for stable housing and support – “The Honor Home” – a community project of Rancho Damacitas Children & Family Services. Recognizing the need in our community, the non-profit organization with a 35-year history of serving foster children has been offering a unique transitional housing program called Project Independence since 2012. The program serves promising young adults exiting the foster care system and other well-deserving community youth.

With land purchased in the fall of 2016, the organization has partnered with long-time supporters, Lennar Homes, De Luz Women’s Club and other dedicated community members, to build a beautiful, new, Lennar Next Gen home in Murrieta, CA. The two-story home features 5 individual bedrooms/bathrooms for our young adults and a separate “home within a home” for a Resident Advisor / Mentor who’ll provide guidance, support and bring residents together for family occasions. As construction nears completion, an Open House and Dedication Ceremony are being planned for March 23rd, 2018, with young adults set to begin moving in by late March/early April 2018.

Those selected for this special opportunity have earned the right to participate and are being honored for their bravery, resiliency and hard work. They have already demonstrated a measure of success and possess both the attitude and ambition to achieve more. Steadily, day by day, they are rising above their painful pasts and soaring toward a brighter future. Despite limited resources, their potential is limitless, many of them pursuing higher education and/or working full/part-time jobs. All young adult residents are required to contribute to a monthly cost of living payment and provide for their own food.

Help us honor and encourage these inspiring leaders of tomorrow! To learn more about this unique project and/or how you can support them with a college scholarship, please contact Kristi Piatkowski at (951) 302-2317 ext. 238 or email:kristi@4kidsfirst.org.


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Team Home Depot helps Rancho Damacitas with home refurbishing

by Valley News on January 25, 2018

Temecula’s Rancho Damacitas, the site of the nonprofit organization’s newest project for abused and neglected mothers and their children, received a “hands at work,” effort by members of Team Home Depot who have refurbished two of the four older six-bedroom homes at the ranch in the past two months.

Rancho Damacitas with its history of empowering disadvantaged and challenged youth has now turned its attention at the Temecula ranch not only to youth, but to young mothers and their children who have faced rough lives suffering from abuse and neglect. They are mothers who are seriously seeking ways to regain their self-esteem and improve their lives not only for themselves but especially for their toddlers or preschool children.

Bringing welcomed help to the Rancho Damacitas staff is Home Depot who with as many as 75 volunteers from Home Depot stores from Riverside to Temecula (PacSouth) who call themselves “Team Home Depot” have spent the past two months completely refurbishing two of the houses with new appliances, paint, carpeting, kitchen cabinets and other amenities to make living comfortable for the mothers and their children

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Cowboys & Cars 4 Kids Benefit in De Luz raises money for foster youth in transition

by Valley News on October 12, 2017

Rock ‘n’ Roll music rang out through the air Saturday, Oct. 7, as visitors to the CrossCreek Golf Course in De Luz got to peruse a car show, gift baskets and food booths.

The golf course was where the Cowboys & Cars 4 Kids Benefit, put on by the De Luz Women’s Club, was taking place. The event sought to raise money for Rancho Damacitas, a nonprofit that helps current and former foster youth.

Raising funds for Rancho Damacitas

Kristi Piatkowski, the director of the development for Rancho Damacitas, said Saturday’s event was specifically raising funds for Rancho Damacitas’ Project Independence, which is geared toward helping former foster children who are now adults.

Specifically, that helps with transition,” Piatkowski said. “So, it provides secure housing, coaching, mentoring and financial coaching so they understand how to manage their money.

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