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.
Our vision is to nurture, empower and develop self-sufficient, well-educated, healthy young adults who become thriving, contributing members of our community.
Empowerment Village Video
Rural home near Temecula helps struggling single moms get back on their feet.
Press Enterprise by Diane A. Rhodes
June 6, 2019
Empowerment Village, run by the nonprofit Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services, aims to break cycles of poverty, abuse.
While residents in many small communities band together to help one another, the Empowerment Village near Temecula is unique.
Designed to give young women a hand up and a way out — not a handout — its mission is to break the generational cycle of child abuse and poverty by offering stable, safe housing and a life plan for employment and education.
“This is not a shelter – it’s a home where these women can build friendships and find lifelong connections,” said Kristi Piatkowski, director of development for Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services. “Once families leave the program, our hope is they never have to depend on us or the welfare system again because they have gained the skills, confidence and experience to remain self sufficient.”
Five homes on 12 acres of land in the rural area east of Temecula can accommodate 40 single mothers and children, with a maximum of eight people per house. The program was established in 2018 by Rancho Damacitas, a nonprofit organization with multiple programs focused on current and former foster youth.
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