- Created on Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:13
November 18, 2010 (Oceanside, CA) – On Tuesday, November 16, Casa de Amparo held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new “Casa Kids Campus” on 11.4 acres in Twin Oaks Valley adjacent to San Marcos. Over 180 attended. Speakers included Nick Macchione, Director, San Diego County Health and Human Services, who addressed Casa de Amparo’s long record in successfully treating and preventing child abuse and neglect and the need for government and private collaboration to assure that these children continue to have the resources needed to end cycles of abuse.
Jim Farley, President and CEO of The Leichtag Family Foundation, a major contributor toward construction of the campus, said in his remarks, “Today, after a long and arduous effort that was sustained by a dedicated leadership team, we dedicate a place that will have a legacy of sanctuary, of health and wellness, and of learning; a place of profound importance to our community, and an important source of respect as we are judged by future generations.”
The new campus will replace the current Children’s Shelter in Oceanside. The program, which provides emergency shelter to children who have been removed from the home due to abuse or neglect, is located in an aging facility with inadequate space to serve the types and ages of children in need. The new campus will increase Casa de Amparo’s emergency shelter capacity, from nearly 6,000 bed nights per year at present to over 12,000. The new campus will also serve new populations such as pregnant or parenting teens and children with special healthcare needs due to illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and epilepsy.
The new campus is the second phase of a $16 million Strategic Capital Campaign. Phase I was the construction of the Family Services and Hayward Child Development Center which opened in 2007.
Thus far, Casa de Amparo has raised $11.4 million of the $16 million needed for the Strategic Capital Campaign, including a $2 million Challenge Grant from The Leichtag Family Foundation and $600,000 from the Price Family Charitable Foundation. The gap is currently $4.7 million although a construction loan from Wells Fargo will enable Casa de Amparo to begin construction while continuing to raise funds. Construction is scheduled to start in January, 2011.
“Casa de Amparo’s Strategic Plan calls for The Casa Kids Campus to ultimately be debt-free,” says Sharon Delphenich, Executive Director. “Now, more than ever, we look to the generosity of our supporters, community businesses, organizations and foundations to show their support for this important project. In-kind donations count toward our financial goal and offset costs, so we are also looking to companies and organizations willing to help by donating labor and/or materials.” HomeAid San Diego is partnering with Casa de Amparo in the project, assisting with in-kind donations. Casa de Amparo has applied for LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for the new campus and will further enhance the environment with extensive landscaping using drought-tolerant native plants and trees.