Dominick and Gloria Chirichillo Contact Cell: 650-483-5284
My wife and I have become the Ambassadors for Helping Hearts International in their fight against child abuse in our local area. Our local community is at the heart and soul of everything we do at Domenico Winery, and we are dedicated to sharing our appreciation. Child abuse is a cause that touches us deeply, and it is our intention to be key supporters, partners, contributors, and an inspiration for other local businesses and individuals to contribute to this worthwhile cause in San Francisco,“the Silicone Valley” and in the tri-county regions of San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz.
We will personally be creating a bottle of wine specifically to support their cause. In addition, we will be donating a portion of our proceeds to them, as well as teaming up with them (and as many of YOU as possible!) on specific initiatives, events, and/or anything else fun they might have going on. We hope you will join us in our efforts to save the children…one heart at a time!
Understanding child abuse offers us a unique opportunity to explore this important national epidemic so that we can then personally make a difference in the lives of the local children within our very own reach.
The Child Maltreatment Report of January 2017 shows the number of children reportedly involved in child abuse in the US increased from 6.6 million to 7.2 million with an increase in actual child abuse referrals to Child Protective Services from 3.6 million to 4 million children.
Partner with us in Donating
Make financial donations of your own to help these needy children in our own area receive the interventions they so desperately need.
Let your family, friends, neighbors, and policy-makers know what you think.
Volunteer your time, join with us in hosting an event for your employees and community members, or engage in hands-on activities.
Spread the Word
Tell others about this project by sending an e-Postcard or linking to our site.
Our Personal Challenge to You:
Who among us hasn’t been touched by child abuse at some level?
Help us in providing tranquil oasis style sanctuaries for these victims of child abuse in our local area.
By jointly striving to create partnerships with businesses and individual members of our local bay area region, we can creatively build self sustaining engines to financially provide these needed beautiful and tranquil safe haven retreats for those children that have been separated from their environments because of abuse, trauma or neglect; either by circumstance, special requests or court order.
Locations: Retreat facilities with proper funding made available throughout our local region
Facilities Description: Each facility to be beautifully and naturally appointed with a very interesting, intriguing feel, with open, tranquil, safe, comfortable, homelike feel with fun, exciting hands-on completely different activities, programs and choices to help rehabilitate and empower each child with an emphasis on creating enough structure and routine to make the children feel safe and balanced
Problem: Abused children have many unforeseen triggers and therefore it is essential that the appropriate professional staff and tranquil environments are made available ASAP to begin the healing process. These children desperately need:
Courage to be able to tell someone about what has happened.
Knowledge to help children understand what has happened to them and that what has happened is not their fault
Heart to show them that they are respected, cared about, and loved unconditionally, and why this is important for all living things
Special Notes: Each of these sites are to be a state-of-the-art retreat, respite, decompression facilities as they are constructed, preferably in beautifully natural forested regions or in a tranquil farm like or ranch style environments that includes therapy animals, plants, greenhouse / gardens (including vegetable, fruit for picking and preparing their own food), relaxing soulful ambiance, fish, aquariums, ponds, fountains, etc... We are planning to have each facility accommodate no more than 16 children at a time for a 30 day emergency relief program stay with an ample professional staff to child ratio in order to make these retreats as profoundly impactful and effective as possible for each child. We want lots of tranquil oasis style open space and large, unobstructed windows on each floor of any structure. The children will find care and solace here and will experience gentle exposure to musical instruments and other artistic and educational venues, excursions and field trips to other natural habitats and educational settings and special camp retreat outings prepared specifically to further engage and balance their mind, body and spirit.