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    The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara Awards Casa Pacifica Grant For Additional SAFTY Mobile Crisis Counselor

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    Camarillo, CA – The Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara awarded Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families a grant for $80,000 to fund an additional mobile crisis counselor for their Safe Alternatives for Treating Youth (SAFTY) Program to respond to children and youth experiencing mental health emergencies in Santa Barbara County. An additional nine nonprofits received 2020-2021 grants from the Women’s Fund, a volunteer-led collective donor organization that enables women to combine their charitable dollars into significant grants addressing the needs of women, children, and families. The Women’s Fund awarded a record-breaking $750,000 in grants, announced in Spring 2021. Christina Lombard, Casa Pacifica’s SAFTY Program Manager spoke about the recent grant, “We are honored and grateful to the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara for choosing us to be among their grant recipients providing critical services for Santa Barbara County. An additional crisis care specialist ultimately increases the number of kids we will be able to serve; we are passionate about making an impact in our community and are thrilled to partner with an organization who clearly feels the same.”

    Casa Pacifica’s SAFTY Program is a mobile crisis response team serving Santa Barbara County children and youth in crisis, often suicidal or violent, that provides families quick and accessible specialized crisis intervention, in-home support, and linkage to county mental health services. The SAFTY Program receives approximately 1,900 crisis calls annually with approximately 1,000 of the children and youth requiring services beyond the initial call. Since opening in 2005, the SAFTY Program has served more than 12,800 children and youth in crisis.

    Since 2004, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $8.6 million in grants to local nonprofit programs impacting more than 100,000 local women, children, and families in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Carpinteria. Their goal is to educate and inspire women to engage in making lasting change in their community.

     

    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 nonprofit 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.


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