Casa de Amparo to break ground on new project

SAN MARCOS — Ten years in the making, the stage is now set for Casa de Amparo’s groundbreaking for a new Casa Kids Campus on 11.4 acres of land in Twin Oaks Valley adjacent to San Marcos. The groundbreaking will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 16.
Construction is planned to start in January 2011. 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.
The new campus supports Casa de Amparo’s mission of supporting those affected by and at risk of child abuse and neglect through programs and services that promote healing, growth and healthy relationships. The organization will be able to more than double the number of abused and neglected children served as well as offer new programs for populations such as children with special healthcare needs and pregnant or parenting teens.
Guest speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony will include Nick Macchione, director of San Diego County Health and Human Services; Jim Farley, president and CEO of The Leichtag Family Foundation; and Alexis Parker, executive director of HomeAid San Diego.
Thus far, Casa de Amparo has raised $11.3 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.
Contact Cassie Barth at (760) 754-5500, ext. 29, or at to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.