Camarillo, CA – Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families received a check for $10,000 from the Gene Haas Foundation to provide funding for gifts for the children and families Casa Pacifica serves both on their Camarillo campus and in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Casa Pacifica serves over 400 children, youth, and their families a day through their residential and community-based services. Part of those services is providing presents and family baskets during the holidays. Casa Pacifica recently put out a plea for help with many of their well-known holiday dove wishes still unfulfilled two weeks before Christmas. “Because of COVID-19 related challenges, many of the businesses we rely on to help us provide gifts are working remotely so they were unable to participate in the same way they normally do,” said Casa Pacifica’s Chief Development Officer, Carrie Hughes. “After sending out our urgent plea, I received a call from Peter Zierhut of The Gene Haas Foundation and he simply asked, ‘How much do you need?’ Gene Haas has been an incredible supporter of ours for a very long time – their partnership has provided much-needed support for our programs every year, and they have certainly answered the call once again, enabling us to provide the holiday season all of our youth and families deserve.”
Shawna Morris, Casa Pacifica’s CEO, stressed the importance of providing a “special holiday season for the children and families we serve. These gifts and essential items are much more than just that, they are a break from the stress of figuring out how to provide that themselves. These family baskets and presents give them a chance to just enjoy being a kid, enjoy being a family, enjoy being together and the magic of the holiday season.”
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.