Project Playhouse

August 25, 2008

What: Padres Playhouse at Petco Park
When: Padres home games from August 25 – September 14, 2008
Where: East Village Gate at Petco Park. San Diego

HomeAid San Diego and Child Abuse Prevention Foundation Team Up on Padres Playhouse at Petco Park

San Diego, CA – This ‘back to school’ season HomeAid San Diego and Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, two teams that are joining in the fight to help eliminate homelessness and child abuse in San Diego, are offering a custom playhouse to online bidders in support of their cause. This opportunity also features another team, San Diego’s own Padres, and a unique and fully functional Playhouse built for the ultimate Padres fan.

Pardee Homes has joined HomeAid San Diego and Child Abuse Prevention Foundation to create a Padres Playhouse that includes a flat screen television, baseball-themed and “gym locker” furniture, a radio/CD player and a small study/seating nook with baseball accessories. The Playhouse will be on display at PETCO Park for 13 home games between August 25 and September 14, 2008. During this stretch the Padres take on each and every division rival.

The Padres Playhouse is available for purchase through an online auction where Padre’s fans and interested buyers can bid on the Playhouse at http://capfsd.kintera.org/playhouse. The online auction will be complete at the end of October when the lucky winner of this one-of-a-kind Padre’s treasure will be announced.

Please join HomeAid San Diego, Child Abuse Prevention Foundation and the San Diego Padres as we strive to provide dignified housing for our temporarily homeless citizens and advocate for our young children to help break the cycle of child abuse.

Homelessness is epidemic in San Diego. An estimated 10,000-15,000 people are without a home on any given night in our county. Nearly one-third of foster children become homeless in the 12- months after they turn 18 years old. HomeAid San Diego and the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation have a strong partnership working to change this, to improve our community for all of our citizens, including those who are currently homeless and the abused and neglected children who ended up in foster care through no fault of their own.

HomeAid San Diego builds multi-unit housing to serve temporarily homeless families and individuals. The housing is built using skilled labor and materials – a significant portion of which is generously donated by San Diego’s real estate community. In San Diego, where over 10,000 individuals are homeless each night, HomeAid San Diego has completed seven projects and has one project under construction, and others in various stages of development. The projects are donated to local nonprofit charities such as Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, Catholic Charities, Interfaith Community Services, South Bay Community Services, San Pasqual Academy, and Community Resource Center for them to operate after they are completed. HomeAid San Diego, one of 22 chapters of HomeAid America, Inc., was founded in March 2002 with the support of local building and real estate industry organizations. HomeAid is the nation’s largest provider of housing for the temporarily homeless. To date, over 150 housing projects have been built nationally with another 62 in development. These projects provide shelter for more than 80,000 temporarily homeless individuals.

The Child Abuse Prevention Foundation was founded in 1981 to break the cycle of child abuse and is well-known for raising $12 million to build the Polinsky Children’s Center (PCC), San Diego’s only emergency shelter for children, which has served over 40,000 children in crisis since opening in 1994. Beyond providing support to the children who come to stay at PCC, CAPF has established a continuum of services available to those youth in order to provide them with what their parents will not.

The Foundation educates and advocates on behalf of the 7,000 children (on any given day) in San Diego who cannot live safely at home, while working to prevent abuse from affecting even more children. CAPF gives them the tools, opportunities and guidance they need to address the abuse they have suffered and grow into healthy, happy and successful adult members of our community, breaking the cycle of child abuse.