Mission Statement

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.

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.


Dodge 4 Damacitas • March 10, 2018 • Lake Elsinore Storm Stadium


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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Rancho Damacitas Champion’s Lunch 2017 – YouTube Slideshow

October 13, 2017

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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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Project Independence Home Construction – YouTube Video

October 1, 2017

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Rancho Damacitas Grows Board in Number and Expertise

by The Valley Business Journal on October 1, 2017

Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services, a local nonprofit helping current and former foster youth thrive, recently added four new members to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors includes 15 members total with a great depth of experience and diverse expertise.

Joseph Gray, Board Chair for the past five years, transitioned leadership to Julie Ngo in July. Julie Ngo has served on Rancho Damacitas’ Board since 2012 and is the owner of Julie Ngo’s State Farm Insurance Agency in Temecula. Julie is the first woman Chair of the organization.

New Board Members include Michael Brewer, Christene Close, Jami Fencel and Marty Shea. New members will serve a three year term.

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Project Independence provides a new road home to at-risk youth

by Valley News on September 24, 2017

When people hear the phrase “at-risk youth,” what comes to mind? Do they think of children and teens who are vulnerable to drugs, violence, disciplinary problems and exploitation? What about the successes?

Upending misconceptions about the potential of underserved children and teens is the goal of Project Independence, a Temecula-based transitional housing arm of the nonprofit Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services. Ultimately, it is not just the adults who provide wisdom but the youth telling their stories that allows others to open their hearts and minds.

Take, for example, the pioneering Cara, whose name has been changed by request of the interviewee. She was the first girl to enter the program, becoming an example for her peers.

Growing up, Cara was given every reason not to trust those around her, she said. Her father’s imprisonment and mother’s long-term addiction, while pushing Cara into using and selling drugs as well, came at a time when most children are fighting the nervousness of entering junior high.

Following multiple run-ins with the law, the unstableness of the next few years meant she bounced between life on the streets and homeless shelters to group homes to eventual lockdown in a facility for juvenile offenders where the ultimate expectations were “silence and compliance,” Cara said. There was “no ability to speak up if you felt a punishment was unfair or talk of your future outside the facility,” she said. The strict rules and lack of community weighed on Cara, who in a prior time of overdose had called on God to give her a sign that her hope of a better future was warranted

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