My most recent blessing was to find refuge in Casa de Amparo.

Jaime Pacheco, 23 years old Former New Directions Resident (2013-2014) I was born in San Antonio, Texas. My mom left my dad when I was 2 because he had schizophrenia, so we – my mom, her siblings, my sister, and I – all moved to Logan Heights, California. Unfortunately, my mom’s brothers and uncles got involved […]

Staff at Casa taught me that my mother’s abuse wasn’t my fault.

Dominique Cleveland, 19 years old New Directions Resident (2011-present) Keynote Speaker for 2011 Crystal Ball Gala My mother was an alcoholic. She was very demanding and when she didn’t get what she wanted she’d beat me and call me names that stabbed at my self esteem. Once she gave me two minutes to wash the […]

I am happy & consider myself rich with what I’ve been able to obtain.

Myra Curiel, 21 years old Former New Directions Resident (2011-2012) Keynote Speaker for 2014 Champions for Children Hello, my name is Myra Curiel and I entered the foster system when I was 14 years old. My story is probably no different from my peers. Amongst everything, I can assure you there was emotional, physical, verbal, […]

The only thing that got me through this crazy story is love

Samantha Webb, 27 years old Former New Directions Resident (2008-2010) Keynote Speaker for 2013 Crystal Ball Gala My name is Samantha Webb and I grew up in the foster care system. I will briefly share a small portion of my story among thousands of others who went through worse or are currently going through abuse […]

…Because of New Directions we have a stable plan for the future.

Justin McKay, 21 years old Former New Directions Resident (2012-2014) Keynote Speaker for 2012 Golf Tournament Hi, I’m Justin. I’m 21 and I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. My parents divorced when I was little, so I don’t remember them ever being together. Both of them had drug problems, which made things difficult. After the […]