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Casa Pacifica Centers For Children And Families

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Education, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Special Education

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.

Target demographics: foster and at-risk youth and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,100 children and their families.

Programs: Casa Pacifica's residential based programs include a residential treatment center and transition age youth program. Clinical services are fully integrated with these programs and provide psychological and social/emotional assessments, case management, individual, group, and family therapy, medication support, and crisis intervention. Casa Pacifica provides a variety of community based programs with a goal of keeping children who are in jeopardy of out of home placement in their own homes and communities. These programs work with youth and families in-home, in-school, and wherever else services are needed. Services include therapeutic behavioral services, wraparound, mobile crisis response, family connections, intensive family services, and foster family agency. Casa Pacifica's nonpublic special education school is a WASC accredited, diploma-granting institution that serves special needs children in grades 1 to 12 with primary diagnoses of emotional disturbance, autism, other health impairment and specific learning disabilities. The school is located on our main campus and serves youth placed in our residential based programs, as well as day students from surrounding communities. Casa Pacifica's Nonpublic School serves approximately 75 kids per year.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I am truly grateful for the work Casa Pacifica provides in our community. I have been involved as a donor and volunteer. They provide compassionate care for children & teens that are at risk. We are so fortunate to have Casa Pacifica to provide for those who need our care the most.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For 10 years I volunteered for various Casa Pacifica events. I thought I knew a great deal about what this organization did. When I retired in 2018 I started volunteering even more. That is when I really learned the in-depth services that is offered to "at risk youth". They treat each child with care and compassion, and never give up.
When you see all the smiles on the faces of the children as you walk across campus you will truly understand how incredible this organization is!

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor, I have witnessed the dedication of the educational and clinical staff at Casa Pacifica and their support of the children and their many complex needs. Casa Pacifica goes above and beyond to help their clients succeed now and in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5


This group is making a huge difference in the lives of children and also with those who volunteer! They are kind, thoughtful and fun to be around. Casa Pacifica is a great group of people who care about helping kids! What they do is amazing!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in awe of the incredible facilities, the events, and the amount of effort put into making Casa Pacifica a safe, caring and supportive place for children and their families.

My daughter and I volunteered to fill food baskets for the families at Thanksgiving. It was an extremely rewarding experience, and so well organized, too. We are looking forward to volunteering for many more events in the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is my feeling, that the youth of America are our future...and the kids that are left behind is sad. It is organizations like Casa Pacifica that gives them hope for the future. Not to mention, a healthy, loving day to day life! Imagine a life not having loving parents and feeling alone..at Casa Pacifica, they are loved and not alone. I have an adopted son...and if I could adopt a house full I would! These kids have feeling also...and the joy Casa brings them is very rewarding. Thank you to to all that are involved with this organization...please consider donating so more children can be made to feel safe and loving!

Venturapatty

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started volunteering at Casa Pacifica in 2002, I had to stop wearing mascara on my lower lashes. I would hear firsthand the saddest stories you can imagine, but then I would learn about the amazing turn around that happens for so many of Casa's young clients. Tears for each, I can assure you. I've worked in the corporate world for my entire career. I don't have patience with inefficiency or lack of organization or lack of focus. Having volunteered at Casa for 18 years now, I can assure you - this organization walks its talk. The staff is beyond the best. And I count many of the volunteers among some of my dearest friends. The focus is "on the kids" - pure and simple. What started as a small hope for kids with no hope is now one of the most important non-profits in our county and their leadership and innovation are being replicated around the country. I'm always proud to say that I'm a part of the Casa Pacifica volunteer organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with non-profit organizations for most of my adult life. I cannot say enough about this organization and what it does for thousands of the most vulnerable children in our community - EVERY year! The success stories never fail to bring tears and the non-successes that happen from time to time are never from lack of full-on effort on the part of Casa Pacifica. Their development staff is beyond compare and the executive staff is so incredibly committed. The board does an amazing job. I have volunteered with, and donated to, Casa Pacifica for over 15 years now. They will have my heart and my hands as long as I live.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked as part of the Casa Pacifica Angels, a fundraising organization, for almost 16 years. I have worked closely with the staff at Casa Pacifica and I can tell you that this nonprofit is truly a gift to the county of Ventura... All families in the county can find services at Casa Pacifica, wether it is with child services or wrap around services for families.. from transitional youth(those youth that have aged-out of foster care) or new mothers, struggling to bond with their new babies and coming to terms with their new roles as caregivers, Casa Pacifica is a deep well of services and an island of compassion for all residents.. Those services are available to the entire state, but as Casa Pacifica is in Ventura County, I am blessed to be able to witness their mission to provide hope and help to all I hope to be able to continue volunteering at Casa Pacifica for many years to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Casa Pacifica is a non-profit that truly dedicates themselves to their cause. Our team has had the pleasure of working with both Carrie Hughes and Madeline Sattler in putting together events for the purpose of supporting Casa Pacifica. Carrie and Madeline both were incredibly responsive, helpful and were able to deliver a clear message about what the children they care for needed. To me, it was incredible to see the facilities and opportunities that they provide for those that they care for, and witness the difference that they are making in the lives of others. They have created an organization that is truly incredible.

Mark E.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi everyone,

I've been involved with Casa Pacifica in Camarillo, CA for the past two years. They have provided me and my friends a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the future of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties by helping children suffering from abuse and neglect.

Please have a look at their website and find some way to get involved. You will be glad you did!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently came with my work for a volunteer day. It was nice to see their campus - huge area with nice facilities for the kids. Happy to help out!

Donor

Rating: 5

I attend Casa Pacifica's wine and food festival every year - it's so much fun! Their VIP tickets are expensive but worth it. Great event and it's for the kids! Happy to spend money on my ticket every year.

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to Casa Pacifica whenever I can. The shop where I work even teams up with them on Giving Tuesday to help them raise money by putting a change can in our store. There really is no other place in our community like Casa Pacifica. They help so many kids. If it wasn't for Casa Pacifica, there would be no support, no services and no home for kids that have no where else to go.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at the Yummie Dinner since 2015 - and I keep coming back to help out because Casa Pacifica is a great agency with a worthwhile cause. The staff is so passionate about their work and it definitely shows! They are all so enthusiastic, hardworking, and kind!
Casa Pacifica is not only a wonderful organization, but it is also important because of the amazing resources it offers to children and families. Casa Pacifica helps families in the "most difficult time in their lives," and I am thankful I get to be apart of that.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I foster a wonderful young woman that was a resident at Casa Pacifica for about a year. I am so grateful for what Casa Pacifica has done for our foster daughter and all of the youth and families they serve. Thanks to Casa so many youth are given the attention, education and services they need so they can overcome past traumas and learn the skills they need to not only function, but succeed at life. Not only that, but the staff work hard everyday to make Casa Pacifica a home for these youth and arrange activities and events for them that will make memories they will keep forever. :)

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to Casa Pacifica throughout the year, any time they have a fundraising campaign. In the past I have donated on Giving Tuesday, bought gifts for the kids during the holidays and have even attended their amazing Wine, Food and Brew Festival. Casa Pacifica works so hard everyday to help the at risk kids in our community. I think it's such an important place because otherwise these kids would have no where else to go. And I LOVE their therapy dog Otis!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as an intern for the development and event department for almost a year - it was a great experience and I learned a lot. It is impressive to see all the behind-the-scenes organization that goes into their events. Great charity - will keep supporting!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I used to volunteer at Casa Pacifica - I helped with fashion show, the Yummie dinner and the wine & food festival. Love the team they have there and loved working on these events for the kids. Great organization to donate - both time and money to!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volenteered for Casa Pacifica before and I love working there. The people are very nice and welcoming. They are organized and orderly when working. The campus is great and everyone seems like they want to be there. I love Casa Pacifica!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sister and I went to Casa to volunteer and we had a great experience! We got a full tour of the campus and saw how much of an impact this organization has on the community. Everyone is really nice and cheery. Highly recommend volunteering if you need hours or just want to have a good experience!

Emma M.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people to work with/for! Everyone was so sweet, helpful, and hardworking! Such a great company and charity that I am so proud to be able to be a part of.

Donor

Rating: 5

I give to Casa Pacifica because I think it is such an important resource for our community. The work they do with the kids is amazing. I will continue to support them and volunteer my time. A huge thank you to Casa Pacifica for being a home to our children in need!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every year I volunteer at the Wine Food & Brew Festival and the Yummy Dinner for this great organization. I feel like it's a great way to give back to our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I gave to Casa Pacifica for Giving Tuesday. I've heard so many good things about it. It's amazing to have a place in the community where displaced kids can go. It's a wonderful agency. Happy to give to such a great cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Casa Pacifica at several of their fundraising events as well as attended. It is such a great organization to be involved with! The work they do is amazing and much needed in our community.

Donor

Rating: 5

I know of Casa Pacifica because my company donates gifts every year to the children during the holidays. As a team, we have really enjoyed giving back in this way and love that we are helping to create a nice holiday for the kids. We really look forward to supporting their kids and have really loved the relationship we have built with the staff there. I would highly recommend getting involved!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at Casa Pacifica for around 6 months during the planning of the Wine Food & Brew Festival. It was an amazing experience getting to work with the team and help out with such an amazing cause. Everyone at this organization is truly amazing and it has been a life changing experience learning more about what they do for children and families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I reached out to Casa Pacifica for my Capstone Service-Learning project for CSU Channel Islands. I have had a very enjoyable experience working with the development department for their largest annual fundraising event, the Wine, Food & Brew Festival which is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. I have volunteered with this organization in the past and will continue to volunteer my time for future events. Overall, this is a wonderful organization that benefits the needs of displaced children. Thank you Casa Pacifica for giving me the opportunity to work with you!

Donor

Rating: 5

Every year, I always look forward to the Care for Kids golf tournament. It's a great day of golf, plus I love knowing it goes towards kids in need. Great organization!

Donor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and donor, I have always had great interactions with Casa Pacifica. I have so enjoyed my time volunteering for the Amigos and the Wine, Food and Brew festival. It's my favorite event of the year! Overall, they are an incredible organization.