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    Gene Haas Foundation Grants $75,000 to Casa Pacifica to Help Launch Vocational Education Program

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    Camarillo, CA – Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families received a check for $75,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation to help launch Casa Pacifica’s Vocational Education Program – including a “Trades” Unit Program. The “trade” units are boxes containing all the supplies for a student to learn a certain trade: metal and wood working, construction, plumbing, electrical, etc. Along with the “Trades” Unit Program, Casa Pacifica’s Vocational Education Program will also offer a Technical Computer & Digital Arts Program, a Culinary Arts Program, and a Business Enterprise Program. The Vocational Education program is designed to provide students the basic skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a variety of entry level positions throughout various industries. The grant will also help cover general operating and COVID-related expenses at the agency.

    Carrie Hughes, Chief Development Officer for Casa Pacifica said, “We look forward to getting our vocational education program off the ground and giving our kids life skills that can carry them into a successful future. We are grateful to the Gene Haas Foundation for seeing the value in the vocational education program and providing generous support.”

    For more information about Casa Pacifica’s Vocational Education Program, please contact Carrie Hughes, Chief Development Officer at [email protected] or 805-366-4011.               

    (L-R) Gene Haas Foundation Grants Administrator and Communications Lead Katrina Veronica, Casa Pacifica CEO Shawna Morris, Gene Haas Foundation Director of Special Projects Kurt Zierhut, and Gene Haas Foundation Administrative Officer Joanne Haas present a check for $75,000 to support Casa Pacifica’s Vocational Education Program and other operating and COVID expenses.

    Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for foster or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Its mission is to restore hope, enhance resilience, and strengthen community connections for children, young adults and families at the most challenging times of their lives. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and administers ten community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. One of those community based programs is their foster family agency, which recruits and trains families for potential placement with a foster youth. Camino a Casa by Casa Pacifica is a private insurance program designed to offer Casa Pacifica’s high-quality mental health services to private insurance youth. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development & Public Relations Department at (805) 445-7800.

    (L-R) Gene Haas Foundation Grants Administrator and Communications Lead Katrina Veronica, Casa Pacifica CEO Shawna Morris, Gene Haas Foundation Director of Special Projects Kurt Zierhut, and Gene Haas Foundation Administrative Officer Joanne Haas present a check for $75,000 to support Casa Pacifica’s Vocational Education Program and other operating and COVID expenses.


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