Thessalonika Family Services (TFS) provides quality long-term care and treatment for children who need out-of-home services. The particular needs of these precious children vary. To help meet these needs, we provide services through three distinct programs: Rancho Damacitas Children's Homes, Rancho Jireh Foster Homes, and Project Independence.
More than 30 years ago Rancho Damacitas Children's Home was started here in the Temecula Valley by a loving couple with a big heart for children. They bought one home in Temecula, caring for four girls. Over the years this program has increased to include six homes, caring for 36 children. Also developed over the years were Rancho Jireh Foster Homes, and Project Independence. Collectively these three programs form Thessalonika Family Services, an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency.
Rancho Jireh Foster Homes is our foster care program and roughly provides loving homes for 40 children. With offices in Temecula and San Diego, we recruit, train, and provide support for families that are interested in opening their home to a child in need. Families selected to serve as Rancho Jireh foster parents receive on-going training, supervision, and financial assistance. Additionally, social work services are provided by qualified Rancho Jireh social workers, equipping the families to meet the unique needs of each child. You can learn more about this great program by clicking on the Rancho Jireh link provided through this site.
The children placed at TFS typically come from the Department of Social Services or Child Protective Services. Children served range in age from six to eighteen at Rancho Damacitas Children's Homes, zero to eighteen at Rancho Jireh Foster Homes, and eighteen and older through Project Independence. TFS is licensed through Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego, and Imperial Counties.