April 5, 2016 (San Marcos / San Diego, CA) – Casa de Amparo kicked off the first full week of Child Abuse Prevention Month by hosting their 3rd Annual Come Home to Casa event and receiving a $15,000 gift from Union Bank and the San Diego Chargers as the beneficiaries of the Game Changers Program. April is National Child Abuse Prevention month and Casa de Amparo is encouraging all individuals and organizations to play a role in making San Diego County a better place for children and families.
“April is a time to celebrate the important role that communities play in protecting children,” said Casa de Amparo Executive Director, Tamara Fleck-Myers LMFT. “Everyone’s participation is critical. Focusing on ways to build and support children and families in our care goes a long way toward preventing child abuse and neglect while simultaneously promoting optimal child development.”
Now in its third year, Come Home to Casa is an open house event, where Casa de Amparo invites the community to visit the organization’s San Marcos campus and learn more about Casa de Amparo’s programs and facilities. Community members toured the 11.4 acre campus, signed the Casa Kid’s pledge wall, enjoyed refreshments, and participated in Come Home to Casa’s annual supply drive by donating Casa de Amparo wish list items.
Before the festivities began, Executive Director Tamara Fleck-Myers was invited down to Chargers Park to accept a $15,000 donation from the San Diego Chargers and Union Bank as the recipient of the 2015 Game Changers Program, which invited fans at Chargers home games to donate their loose change and bills in support of Casa de Amparo. Total donations were matched by the Union Bank Foundation and the San Diego Chargers resulting in $15,000 donation. After its third consecutive year, the Game Changers Program has contributed more than $45,000 to non-profits in the San Diego region.
“Casa de Amparo is thankful to the San Diego Chargers and Union Bank for supporting our mission through the Game Changers campaign,” said Fleck-Myers. “Every dollar donated makes a huge difference in our initiatives to stop child mistreatment of any kind and end generational cycles of abuse. With your support, our goal is to create a community where child abuse and neglect are not tolerated, and families can thrive.”
About casa de amparo:
Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo (Home of Protection) is recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non–profit organization annually serves over 1,000 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 24 years old, as well as 900 families through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships. These programs include Residential Services, Counseling Services, Family Visitation, Hayward Child Development Center, New Directions, and Young Parent Network. Casa de Amparo is the San Diego Chargers Courage House, part of a national network of NFL teams and local charities dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.