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“It was just an amazing gift – getting the word out about this wonderful project,” said Lois Bauccio, president and executive director of the Child and Family Center Foundation.
The money will support an innovative peer-to-peer counseling program for young veterans as a joint collaboration between the Santa Clarita Child and Family Center and Habitat For Humanity/Santa Clarita – San Fernando Valley. Habitat is getting ready to break ground on the first of its kind veterans’ village featuring the construction of 87 homes in Santa Clarita.
Pictured: (Left to Right) Carl Goldman, Co-owner, KHTS Radio & Habitat For Humanity Board Member; James Allison, Habitat For Humanity, Family Services Coordinator; Lois Bauccio, President & Executive Director, Child & Family Center Foundation; Joseph Caracciolo, Kia of Valencia, General Manager; Bridgett Mills, Habitat For Humanity, Volunteer and Neighborhood Revitilization Initiative Manager; Darrell Paulk, CEO Santa Clarita Child & Family Center. Photo Credit: Gary Choppe.
The future site is across from the street from the Child and Family Center on Center Point. The first phase of homes is expected to be completed by late spring of 2014.
“We’re glad to help everyone, and both of the charities are close to my heart. I have four children of my own, and a father who was in the military,” said Joe Caracciolo, general manager of Kia of Valencia.
The dealership celebrated Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 18. The company offered discounts of up to $1,000 to active military members and up to $500 for veterans beginning earlier that week, leading up through Memorial Day.
Pictured: Joseph Caracciolo, Kia of Valencia, General Manager
“To spend Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day Weekend talking about this project and bringing some resources to us was just so appreciated,” Bauccio said.
Kia donated $50 to the charity organizations for every car sold throughout their promotion.
“We offered a free three-by-five flag to anyone who came in the dealership for a test a drive and made a donation back to the charity,” Caracciolo said.
In addition to providing housing for veterans, Habitat for Humanity’s SCV Habitat for Heroes and the Child and Family Center offers counseling to take care of the behavioral, emotional, and mental health challenges of their families along with other services.
“The children and the spouses of veterans both active duty and combat veterans, primarily those who have been involved in the two wars we are just now extricating ourselves from, have special problems,” Bauccio said.
Right now the organization is currently seeking funding for training therapists to work with the families of those who have been involved in armed conflict.
“Kids in our Valley and universally have issues growing up and sometimes those issues become difficult, and those are the kinds of things we deal with all the time at Child and Family Center,” Bauccio said.
For more information about these organizations see below:
About Habitat For Heroes:
Habitat for Heroes is a locally run, independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving North Los Angeles County, building houses for low-income working families and veteran families.
About The Child and Family Center:
The Child and Family Center helps build a healthy Santa Clarita Valley by providing mental health, behavioral and education services to children, adults and families.
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Source: Santa Clarita News