Shadow Hills hosted Many Mansions’ first residential service programs! Not only did we introduce the Homework Club in 1998 (the ‘Afterschool Homework Literacy Program’) in the newly renovated Community Building, but we hosted an English as a Second Language (ESL) program and a Karate program; On November 12, 2000 Shadow Hills suffered a major fire on the second and third floors of ‘243’ Building. There were no injuries, but the fire caused more than $1 million in property damage; Many of the residents who were displaced by the fire temporarily lived at the Village Inn Motel, which later became the Esseff Village Apartments. Thanks to the support of countless faith-based and other community organizations, daily food provisions were distributed to all displaced residents at the Soltow Center (Villa Garcia Apartments Community Room); Several months later, in June of 2001, a motor vehicle ran through the Community Room window; For many years, Interface (a social services agency) leased five units at Shadow Hills for their emancipated youth program; We have run the Food Share program out of Shadow Hills for many years. There is a mural next to the pool. Several of the boats in the mural have names related to the parties involved in the rehabilitation.
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Thanks for sharing these wonderful stories about Many Mansions and the fabulous people who have supported it. As Principal of Glenwood Elementary back in the 90’s we were deeply connected to Many Mansions. By collaborating together our students benefitted in so many ways that ensured their success at school and beyond. My hope is that people will continue to support the efforts and energy given to programs such as this one in Thousand Oaks because it does make a huge difference! Hand-in-Hand, Together We Can!
Dr. Pam Chasse
That is our hope too Dr. Chasse. Thank you for your continued support!
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