Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families is highlighting a big change at their headquarters in Camarillo this year. The board of directors, during a virtual meeting, decided to rename the main campus in honor of their long-time CEO Steve Elson. The campus is now called the Steven E. Elson Campus.
Steve Elson has helped and worked with public policy initiatives regarding youths and children for over 35 years. In that time he had worked with many organizations to fight for advances for the youth and children. Such organizations include the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers; California Alliance of Child and Family Services; and the California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth. He retired on the 17th of July 2020.
Casa Pacifica is part of the group of Teen and Youth Services, Camarillo. They offer services to help youth and family victims of neglect and abuse. And they also offer services for homelessness, substance abuse, and a range of mental health issues as well as behavioral problems. They are working with over 2, 100 children and their families year after year.
As well as being committed to helping the youth and families get through their extremely tough times they wish for these people to see the light at the end of the struggle. Therefore, they aim to help the families build a better life while dealing with the often difficult emotions. In the end, they would like the families and youth to feel a part of a community. Where they can live happily in as well as thrive. Plus, they are there for the struggling youth and families unconditionally with every one of life’s downs and eventual ups.
Their campus is located on a rural area that is 24 acres as well as about five miles (8, 05 km) from the Pacific Ocean. The purpose of this particular location is that it can allow the youth and families to heal as well as look forward to a brighter time with the help of Casa Pacifica.
Steve Elson helped Casa Pacifica grow from 1994 when they only had four core programs to 2020 where they now have 14 campuses as well as community-based programs. These programs are recognized throughout the state as well as the rest of the nation. They give the youths and families effective and high-quality methods that have helped about 42, 687 youths, and families.
Steve Elson also managed to help Casa Pacifica with the Continuum of Care Reform that came about in 2017. This effort made Casa Pacifica the first agency in Southern California as well as the third in the state to get a short-term residential therapeutic program license. Therefore, it is an honor to have a main campus named after this great man who did more than a lot for the youth and struggling families. And Casa Pacifica will surely do his name honor as they always did.