F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
CASA PACIFICA CENTERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
A California Non-profit 501(C)(3)
Contact: Carrie Hughes
For: Assignment Editor
Towbes Foundation Grants $5,000 to Support SAFTY Mobile Crisis Response Services in Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara, CA – Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is proud to announce it has received a $5,000 grant awarded by The Towbes Foundation to support the agency’s Safe Alternatives For Treating Youth (SAFTY) services. SAFTY acts as first responders to youth up to the age of 21 years who are experiencing a mental health crisis – including suicidal behavior, or harmful intent against themselves or others. Each month the SAFTY program responds to an average of 150 crisis calls, handling approximately 1,800 crisis calls each year. Three-month follow up services are available to children and their families. The goal of the SAFTY program is to reduce psychiatric hospitalizations, and the involvement of other community services such as law enforcement and juvenile hall. Connecting the children/youth and their families with other community resources is also an important element of the SAFTY program. The Towbes Foundation grant funds will be used to improve the ability of SAFTY staff to stay better connected with the emergency situation as they are in transit to the location.
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About The Towbes Foundation
Philanthropy is integral to the core business practices of The Towbes Group, located in Santa Barbara, CA, which is committed to giving back to the local community and helping the environment in meaningful ways through its philanthropic arm – The Towbes Foundation. The Foundation currently offers a Give Back Where You Live program, and Towbes Grants which support community organizations making an impact in four key areas – community and environmental stewardship, children’s health and well-being, education and enrichment, and adult health and wellbeing. Established in 1980, The Towbes Foundation has given nearly $10 million dollars in vital support to local charities over the past 10 years.
About Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica or to learn about its “Building New Foundations of Hope” Capital Campaign that is underway, please visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.