August 2006

Chris Davis/Marjorie Wass (805) 687-3322

Carpinteria’s Neediest Kids Get Day of Fun
during “El Campo del Sol”

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and Peoples' Self-Help Housing Provide Array of activities for 140 Kids from Carpinteria Camper Park and Dahlia Court

Carpinteria, CA, August 10, 2006—Peoples’ Self-Help Housing and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Montecito are guaranteeing a day of fun activities during Saturday's back to School "Fun Day" or El Campo del Sol, which will provide a day of sports, entertainment and food for Carpinteria Camper Park and Dahlia Court resident children. The Churches’ Community Outreach Endeavors (CORE) program is sponsoring this special day.

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Who: 140 Children and their families from the Carpinteria Camper Park and Dahlia Court; Our Lady of Mount Carmel’s Religious Education Program Director Sister Kathleen Patrice and Event Chair Evon de Miestro; Peoples' Self-Help Housing staff and volunteers; other special guests

What: A "Fun Day" with games including volleyball, soccer and baseball organized by local school coaches and volunteers; arts and crafts in the Art Tent, dance lessons and musical entertainment; a Barbeque catered by Woody’s; snow cones, popcorn and cotton candy, and special prizes; and back to school clothing and backpacks and other school supplies.

Where: Grassy field at St. Joseph’s Church, 5048 El Carro Lane (off Linden Avenue), Carpinteria

When: Saturday, August 12, 2006, from 11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.


Peoples’ Self-Help Housing took over the management of the Carpinteria Camper Park and Dahlia Court several years ago at the request of the City of Carpinteria. Both properties were burdened with run down infrastructure with many residents living in substandard conditions. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing took on this challenge to help to improve the lives of people who deserve a better quality of life. Since then, Peoples Self-Help Housing has greatly transformed the Camper Park and Dahlia Court. Both sites have Education Enhancement Program Learning Centers for these children. The Education Enhancement Program mission is, in conjunction with local school districts, to increase the academic performance of children year round, kindergarten through 12th grade, and includes the collaboration between families, the public schools, and our educators.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is an award winning non-profit organization with 36 years of experience developing affordable housing and community facilities for low-income and special needs households. With over 1000 homes completed and over 1200 rental units developed, PSHH continues to strengthen its reputation and leadership position as the premiere affordable housing and community developer on the Central Coast. PSHH is committed to developing vibrant neighborhoods, build attractive, high quality housing and to provide innovative community services, so their residents have every possible opportunity to succeed in life.