Human Services

Thessalonika Family Services, Inc. (DBA Rancho Damacitas)

  • Temecula, CA
  • www.4kidsfirst.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services is to end the cycle of child abuse by providing comprehensive care and compassion for abused and neglected children and young adults through life-enriching opportunities and strength-based, solution-focused programs and services.

Our vision is to nurture, empower and develop self-sufficient, well-educated, healthy young adults who become thriving, contributing members of our community.

Founded in 1983, Thessalonika Family Services (d.b.a. Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services) started as a foster home for four young girls. As the needs of the children grew, so did the organization. Today, Rancho Damacitas serves over 120 children annually. The residential campus consists of six family-style cottages housing up to 36 children ages 6—18 years old, and two transitional housing programs for former foster youth working on independent adulthood. Our success lies within our home parent model coupled with therapeutic-based care and comprehensive programs that surround every child, teen and young adult with the support they need to heal, learn and grow.

Rancho Damacitas' programs target the unique needs of current and former foster youth. All programs work in tandem helping youth move beyond their painful pasts and grow into self-sufficient, successful adults. Programs include individual and group therapy, life skills coaching, educational advocacy and tutoring, career exploration and employment readiness, mentoring, healthy living, and enrichment opportunities to build confidence and life-long memories. Former foster youth receive transitional support with opportunities for housing, mentoring, life skills coaching, and scholarships to help youth pursue and achieve their career goals.

Service Areas

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California

Rancho Damacitas serves all of Southern California.

ruling year

1995

Chief Executive Officer since 2014

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Mr. Cal Winslow

Keywords

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child abuse, foster care, abuse, children, social services, Southern California, education, therapy, young adults, transition, housing, art, music, health, enrichment, scholarships

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Also Known As

www.4kidsfirst.org

EIN

95-3551068

Physical Address

38950 Mesa Road

Temecula, CA 92592

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Foster Care (P32)

Foster Care (P32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Thessalonika Family Services provides, through its three programs, out of home care and services for children who have been victims of abuse and/or neglect. We provide medical care, psychological treatment, and counseling on various levels. We work with medical professionals in our area to assure the best care for our very special children. We provide individual therapy and counseling for the children placed in our care. We also provide the same services for their siblings and parents if reunification is the goal of the courts. We also offer a full service foster care agency. We are fully devoted to the belief that long term placement is one of the keys to a successful recovery. Children placed with our agency have the opportunity for long term placement. They can graduate through the different levels of our programs, and complete their recovery in a loving, caring foster family or through independent living as an adult.

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Service Areas

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California

Rancho Damacitas serves all of Southern California.

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Funding Needs

Sadly, children living in foster care live unstable lives. Many children will move to several different foster homes during their time in foster care. Stress, anxiety, anger and resentment are typical emotions expressed by foster youth. Additionally, many foster youth's education and relationships begin to suffer. Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services has developed comprehensive support programs to help foster children meet these challenges. All dollars raised through fundraising, grants, and donor gifts provide these valuable programs. Programs include therapy, education, enrichment, career exploration, health and fitness, employment readiness, and enrichment. The skills children develop and the positive life experiences help young victims of abuse and neglect move beyond their painful pasts and break the cycle of abuse as they become thriving, contributing members of our community. Support is needed to provide these programs. One recent example of the impact Rancho Damacitas' programs can make is Kim. Kim has been living in and out of foster care since she was born to a drug addicted mother. She came to live at Rancho Damacitas when she was 12 years old, after 26 different placements. Kim was angry, resentful, and physically aggressive. She was also failing school. After four years with Rancho Damacitas, Kim will be graduating high school on time with her peers and a 3.8 GPA. She plans to attend college in the fall to pursue degrees in business and marketing. "I honestly believe that I would not be where I am today if I had been anywhere else. The people at Rancho care and never gave up on me. They make sure I am given opportunities that continue to grow who I am and I am so thankful." says Kim, now 17. Financial support is crucial for helping foster youth gain opportunities that bring them hope and success.

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THESSALONIKA FAMILY SERVICES INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Cal Winslow

BIO

Cal Winslow has over 40 years experience in the fundraising and nonprofit management field. Cal served four terms as a Montana State Representative where he chaired the Appropriations Committee on Human Services. He has received special recognition as Distinguished Alumni by Montana State University (B.A., Education), Montana Big Brother, Montana Fundraiser of the Year, and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve on the President's Advisory Council for the Arts at the Kennedy Center. Additionally, Cal taught "The Art of Fundraising" course at UCLA for 3 years and is a Certified Fundraising Executive.

Cal has lived in California for 20 years and presently resides in Murrieta, California. Cal joined Rancho Damacitas Children and Family Services in 2014 after serving 10 years as the Chief Development Officer and then Chief Executive Director for Orangewood Children's Foundation in Santa Ana, CA. He started his journey working with foster youth as a Home Parent in his early 20's, and he has been passionate about helping victims of abuse and neglect succeed since that time. He brings vast experience and leadership in fundraising, community relations, nonprofit management to Rancho Damacitas. His goal is to "empower kids to soar" through comprehensive, solution-focused programs and services.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Joseph Gray

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Term: Jan 2010 -

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