What happens to foster youth when they turn 18? Read on to find out

 

TYS Program Helps Bridge The Gap

What happens to kids once they age out of the foster care system? Most 18-year-olds aren’t ready to live independently, much less kids who have had such a tumultuous childhood. Casa Pacifica’s Transitional Youth Services, more commonly known as the “TYS Program” was created in 2012 to bridge this exact gap. Foster youth are at high risk for dropping out of school, homelessness, unemployment, early parenthood, and crime. Our TYS Program aims to lessen these risks by connecting youth to educational opportunities, employment, housing options, personal and community relationships, and health care, specifically mental health care.

One of the youth receiving mental health care from us was Riley, now 22, working with one of our clinicians for about two and a half years. She had been in the foster care system due to a mother with substance abuse issues, her younger brother even lived at Casa Pacifica for a time in Rainbow Cottage, although she never did as a minor. Riley had low self-esteem and little to no confidence, but the thing that plagued her the most was her anxiety. Clinicians helped her work through these issues and by the time she left, she was able to communicate her feelings and needs effectively, advocated for herself, and found a new confidence.

Riley has now graduated from Ventura Community College with her AA in Psychology and recently adopted a puppy named Sawyer. She is working for a Casa Pacifica Angel learning about property management and saving up to live independently. In the future, Riley plans on attending a four-year college with her transferrable credits and is currently deciding whether she wants to pursue nursing or become a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Riley dreams of returning to Casa Pacifica to work on staff and help other young adults like herself.
Our TYS Program is critical in helping young adults like Riley find long-term success, becoming important and contributing members of our community.
 


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have the resources they need to overcome the obstacles
of becoming a successful and independent young adult.
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Let Your Voice Be Heard!
Please take a few moments to support Casa Pacifica and the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival with your vote!

VCReporter Best in Ventura County 2020 categories;
#61 – Charity Event
#82 – Nonprofit Organization
#108 – Food & Drink Festival

Note that you must vote for no less than 10 categories for your votes to count!
Ballots will be accepted through 5 p.m. September 30th, 2020.

 

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Youth Update – Let’s Get Ready To Cruuummble!

Our youth recently had a day full of deliciousness during the campus baking contest! Youth and staff from different programs hit the kitchen and put their baking creations on to the test. Here are a few of our winners! 

Right: This berry pie was one of the winners in the Best Presentation category. Below Left: Another Best Presentation winner was this red velvet cream cheese Stitch theme cake. Below Right: Rose carrot cake won Best Taste.
Register HERE

Cook Like A Pro!

Stay tuned for more information…
We will reveal our featured chefs soon!

Growing Stock, Growing Generosity
Making a gift of appreciated stock to Casa Pacifica is an investment opportunity to support our mission.  When you give stock that is worth more now than when you bought it, you can avoid capital gains tax.  Aside from the potential tax advantages of making a generous future gift, you also gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are leaving a lasting impact on a cause close to your heart.
For more information, contact Madeline Sattler, Donor Relations Officer at [email protected] or (805) 366-4422.
Donate Stock HERE

Time Is Running Out!

We Need Your Votes!
We’re participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and help direct Target’s giving to benefit our nonprofit. For full program details and restrictions visit Target Circle. 
https://www.target.com/circle
Vote HERE
Help our kids every time you shop!

AmazonSmile customers can now support Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families in the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these instructions to turn on AmazonSmile and start shopping!

  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app and tap into ‘Settings’
  3. Tap ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

Join Our Team and Make a Difference!
Want to make a difference in a child or family’s life? Camino a Casa and Casa Pacifica are always looking for motivated people to join our team at one of our four locations in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Current positions include:

  • Youth Development Specialist
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Bilingual Crisis Care Specialist – Santa Barbara

Visit our website to see all available positions and apply today!

View Available Positions

Ways You Can Help

1. Shop! Shopping online at Target? Who can resist Amazon these days? Put those shopping sprees to good use and shop for our kids! Check out our Target registry or Amazon wish list and have items shipped straight to us. And don’t forget to sign up for Amazon Smile and designate Casa Pacifica as your charity of choice so we receive a percentage of your purchases!

                   
 

2. Give monthly and change lives year round!   

You can give the gift of hope all year long with the ease of monthly giving.  Automatic monthly donations provide consistent support that enables Casa Pacifica to serve our most vulnerable children and their families. Even small gifts add up to make a big difference. Please give a monthly gift and support year-round to offer our youth a brighter future. Signing up is easy! Contact Madeline Sattler, Donor Relations Officer at [email protected] or (805)366-4422. 

3. Become an Angel or Amigo!  These two groups are some of our biggest supporters. The Casa Pacifica Angels help out with our fundraising events and children’s parties throughout the year. The Casa Pacifica Amigos organize fun activities for the kids on the weekends – some favorites are carnival day and movie nights. Annual membership is $50 – join or gift a membership today!
Sign up to become an ANGEL or AMIGO!

Thank you to our Corporate Leaders!

Our Mission
Casa Pacifica restores hope, enhances resilience, and strengthens community connections for children, young adults and families at the most challenging times of their lives.
 

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1722 S. Lewis Rd

Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 445-7800
www.casapacifica.org

 

 

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