Casa Pacifica Newsletter
February 2018 

Surprise! The Helpful Honda Team
Lends a Hand for Annual Coat Drive
Lydia Gable and Rick Winters hosted the 8th Annual Coats for Casa Pacifica event at Three Springs Park in Westlake Village. With 30 tons of snow for the community to enjoy, along with free smoothies and hot chocolate, it was a fun and successful day at the park. Surprise guests, the Helpful Honda Team, showed up and pitched in for the day, too! A huge thank you to Lydia & Rick for organizing this wonderful event! We cherish loyal supporters like you! 
The Helpful Honda Team made a surprise visit and volunteered for the snow day! They also donated $2,000 worth of new hats, beanies, coats and gloves. Pictured with Lydia Gable and Rick Winters – Coats for Casa Pacifica organizers.
Kids of all ages enjoyed the snow and sledding on a warm Southern California day! This year’s Coats for Casa Pacifica drive netted a staggering 3,000+ coats! Thank you to our generous community!
We Vote for More Goats!
The Wild Women Project brought some special friends to visit the Casa Pacifica youth! Gary, Kevin, Rio, and Hops are pygmy goats the Wild Women Project utilizes to help at risk youth experience support and healing through animal-assisted personal development. “We are very fortunate to have people willing to expose our kids to humbling animals and allow us to experience a new holistic type of healing,” said Amanda Martinez, Casa Pacifica’s Recreation Therapy Supervisor. 

You can meet Gary, Kevin, Rio, and Hops, too! Visit to find upcoming events and sign up for one of their goat yoga classes! They rely 100% on donations and volunteers.

Thank you, Wild Women Project, for sharing your goats with our kids! It’s an experience they will not soon forget!
Recreation Therapy Supervisor, Amanda Martinez enjoying some goat yoga.

"The goat visit brought joy to us all!" - A Casa Pacifica youth


Casa Pacifica’s International
Conference a Huge Success
A look into a breakout session led by Aurrora De Monte and Heather Sago, of Fleming College, Ontario, Canada. They introduced a more personal learning tactic by taking away the "instructor vs student” environment.
Child and youth care workers from around the world recently gathered for the Nurturing Hope conference in Ventura, hosted by Casa Pacifica. The 240 attendees hailed from every continent to attend info packed workshops and dynamic keynote lectures.

This conference would not have been possible without our Director of Training, James Freeman and his team! Thank you for putting together an exemplary conference! Your passion shows through your extraordinary results and we are so proud to call you part of the Casa Pacifica family.
Dr. Jaiya John was a keynote speaker at Nurturing Hope and is the founder of Soul Water Rising. His numerous books focus on inspiration and finding peace, as well as encouraging children and youth as a child care worker.
Members from the Child & Youth Care Certification Board (CYCCB) joined our conference as well! (From L to R) Amy, Frank, Sister Madeleine, and Dale explained the expectations for the test that certifies many of our own staff.
A beautiful view coupled with mild weather provided the perfect week to showcase Ventura during the Nurturing Hope Conference held at the Crown Plaza Ventura Beach.
Staff Spotlight:
James Freeman, Director of Training
James Freeman – our Director of Training – has been with Casa Pacifica 13 years. Coming off a successful Nurturing Hope Conference, he sat down to answer a few questions. 

Casa Pacifica Training Director James Freeman (right) with Andy Leggett (left), Clinical Director at Broken Arrow Residential Treatment Center, who served on the conference planning committee.
What was your favorite moment of the Nurturing Hope Conference? “One of my favorite things about the Nurturing Hope conference was seeing those who showed up share their passion with each other. It is amazing to see Casa Pacifica joined with such a global network of like-minded individuals who care about young people and want to make sure they know they matter. Also, the fact that we had such a diversity of presenters and attendees. Every continent was represented. People were connected and making new relationships. The hotel staff asked us several times what kind of 'family reunion' we were hosting - they sensed the care and hope that was among the group."

What are you most passionate about regarding your work at Casa Pacifica? “At this stage in my life it is about training and developing people (at Casa Pacifica and around the globe) who can care for youth of today and communicate to them that they matter and have a future - so that there will be hope for future generations. It is exciting to be part of the growing programs at Casa Pacifica. In such a dynamic organization there is always more to do and it is an honor to work alongside such a group of dedicated individuals. It is also a privilege to contribute to our related associations and serve as the editor for the International Child and Youth Care Network (” 

Thank you for your dedication, James! We appreciate you and your passion for educating not only Casa Pacifica employees, but child and youth care workers around the globe! 
Tickets ON SALE!
Celebrate With Us Sunday, June 3
Save $25 For Our 25th! Limited Time Only!

Enjoy over 200 fabulous food and drink exhibitors at Ventura County's premiere wine, food & brew event! Become a sponsor or exhibitor and gain coveted exposure to some of Southern California's most enthusiastic foodies! See website for sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities and perks! 
You can help make our new
cottages feel like home! 
Casa Pacifica’s new substance abuse cottages are completed and they are beautiful! The next step is filling them!
Will you help us make them feel like home? We have created a Target registry for various items needed. Shop online and ship it directly to us! We will also be purchasing other necessities from Costco and Home Goods – so if you’re interested in donating gift cards, these retailers would be very helpful.
Target Registry Information
First Name: Casa
Last Name: Pacifica 
In Grateful Recognition
Of Our Corporate Leaders



Casa Pacifica provides hope and help for abused, neglected
or at-risk children and their families. 

Casa Pacifica is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 1988.
Tax ID #77-0195022. 

Our mailing address is:
1722 South Lewis Road, Camarillo, CA 93012
Phone: (805) 366-4040 | Fax:(805) 987-7237 

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