"2016 brought together many reasons to celebrate. We completed the construction of our Counseling Wing and the expansion of the pregnant and parenting cottage as well as, brought forward a significant increase in the number of high school and pre-k graduates from our programs. And with honorable mention; were awarded a $1,000,000 Challenge Grant from the Walter L. and Betty C. Zable Foundation in support of our ongoing Capital Campaign."
In June 2016, we opened the new Counseling Wing and expanded the Pregnant and Parenting Cottage at the Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos. The expansion allows services for additional clients and new state-of-the-art therapy methods.
"Under the leadership of our new Executive Director, Tamara Fleck-Myers, 2013-2014 brought a wave of expansion that continues to increase both the number of people we serve and the engagement of the community at-large.
We received licenses to expand both our Residential Services and New Directions populations, allowing us to serve more pregnant and parenting mothers and increasing the total number of individuals we are able to support with residentially-based care. A new director position was created at the senior management level to ensure enough leadership and oversight for the increased census."
In February, Residential Services received a new California Community Care license to house pregnant and parenting foster youth and their children. The program’s newest residents arrived in April and Casa de Amparo is now the only licensed Group Home in San Diego County providing services specifically for pregnant and parenting foster youth and their infants. Casa de Amparo is hiring additional Child Care Workers and Supervisors to meet the needs for the growing population.
This critical program provides a nurturing and supportive atmosphere for teen moms who were removed from their homes due to living in abusive or neglectful situations."
"When we celebrated our grand opening of the Casa Kids Campus in San
Marcos, California on June 8, 2012, we embraced change beyond just a
new place and location. Our biggest change was preparing for our new leadership. When former Executive Director, Sharon Delphenich announced her retirement last year after 17 years of service, the Board hired an executive search firm to recruit nationwide for the right candidate.
Little did we know, the right person was already within our organization, working behind the scenes for three years expanding services to Casa Kids in need. On July 1, 2013, Tamara Fleck-Myers assumed the leadership as our new Executive Director. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we couldn't be more proud and confident of our selection."
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It is hard to believe the Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos has been up and running for over a year and a half, while the Family Services and Hayward Child Development Center at the Oceanside Campus will celebrate its 7th anniversary in 2014.
Since expanding to the San Marcos and Oceanside campuses, the organization has experienced tremendous growth. Residential Services has doubled the number of children served in response to the community’s changing needs. The program is now supporting children with special healthcare needs, both teen boys and girls, and is preparing to serve pregnant and parenting foster girls in early 2014. There has even been a need for Residential Services beyond San Diego County.
In Fiscal Year 2011-2012, Casa de Amparo met our biggest milestone in over three decades—the opening of our new Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos. Fourteen years of planning and the unwavering dedication and support of our loyal donors allowed us to break ground on November 16, 2010, begin construction on December 30, 2010 and complete construction in April, 2012.
Our mortgage lender, Wells Fargo, tells us that they have never seen such a well-managed, successful and relatively problem-free commercial construction project. For that we must thank Jim Grant and his team at Grant General Contractors and our own Executive Director, Sharon Delphenich, who managed the project on the client side from the very beginning to the celebratory opening on June 8, 2012.
Casa Kids in Residential Services have made big changes in the last few months. First there was packing and getting ready to move from the former Children’s Shelter in Oceanside. Then it was the big move to the beautiful new Casa Kids Campus on April 27th. Moving always involves a period of adjustment, especially for children who have been removed from their families due to abuse or neglect. Initially they missed Oceanside, but they’ve adjusted quickly and love their cozy rooms, brand new cottages, and especially all the outdoor space and sunshine that make the campus so lively and bright. Calel is one of our many resilient Casa Kids...