31322 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, California, 92675 US

CREER COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Crisis Relief Fund

A Plead for Help by Angeles Ceballos, Executive Director & Rosario Rowell, Director of Education.  Greetings!  We hope this note finds you all well!  Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented situation. The global coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of our families, our businesses, our communities, and our way of life in an unparalleled way.  First and foremost, our hearts go out to anyone who has been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are especially with those who are sick, to whom we extend our heartfelt wishes for a full recovery. We are truly inspired by the selfless healthcare workers, first responders, police, firefighters, military, grocery employees, janitors, farm workers, volunteers, and many others around the world who are on the front lines working tirelessly to care for people in need.  These people are the true heroes of this pandemic.   CREER is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based in San Juan Capistrano. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we were forced to close all of our youth programs. However, in the last few weeks, we have been keeping our families informed about the COVID-19 crisis and directing them to vital community resources by www.Facebook.com/creeroc, text messages, and phone calls. Unfortunately, 95% of the families we serve live at or below the poverty level and this crisis is only aggravating their already dire situation.  In the past weeks, 100% of the calls that we have taken have been distress calls about the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our parents and how we can help them.  Several of them work in the housing, restaurant, and retail industry, and they have been directly affected by this crisis.  The situation is dire for many of our parents, having lost their jobs and not knowing where the next meal is going to come from or if they will have enough money to pay their rent. We are creating an emergency crisis relief fund and are asking for monetary donations to help our families with food, rent, and utilities in these very difficult times.  Our goal is to raise $30,000.00 and we are asking everyone able, to please be generous in these times of need.  Remember that there will always be someone more in need than us, and it is in times like these that our humanity and empathy toward our neighbors are most tested.  Today’s generosity for someone else, maybe a necessity for you tomorrow.   “Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.”– Mother Teresa.  If anyone would like to contribute to the CREER Emergency Crisis Relief Fund, please sent your check to P.O. Box # 1347 San Juan Capistrano, CA  92693 or donate by using the donate now button.  We are happy to announce that in addition to the CREER Emergency Crisis Relief Fund,  CREER in partnership with Alexandra Yates from OCC Food Recovery Kitchen in Costa Mesa started a food pantry on April 21st and will be distributing food every Tuesday at the CREER facilities until the crisis is averted.   Thank you with all of our hearts for your support and constant dedication to us, the CREER Mission, but more importantly our children.  Have a wonderful day and stay safe.  Most Sincerely,      Angeles & Rosario

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CREER Comunidad y Familia

Our Children

About Us


Who We Are

CREER a 501 (c) (3) non-profit based in San Juan Capistrano, CA was founded in 2004 and in 2007 became a non-profit.  The number of children, youth and families served by CREER’s combined programs is approximately 10,080 a year. 

CREER develops positive programs to guide our youth in productive, self-sufficient life paths. We are one of the most effective providers of educational programs, parent education, community / youth leadership and gang prevention programs for at risk children and families in South Orange County. 

CREER’s Primary Geographic Area is South Orange County: San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch and adjacent cities.

Although 95% of the families that CREER serves live in poverty, all of our programs are universal, inclusive, and will never be discriminatory to anyone. In fact, by default, we work with a large number of children with learning disabilities that are benefiting from our homework club, tutoring and summer programs. 



Our Commitment

We would like to emphasize that all members of CREER believe in the development of academics, fine arts and leadership programs and that with the help of these programs CREER strives to instill a strong sense of community in the lives of the most vulnerable and underprivileged children and their families in our community.

CREER aims to give our children and youth academic success leading to higher education and an artistic base as alternatives to the negative influences that surround them. Our cultural and performing arts program specially aims to give the children and youth of our community the opportunity to develop a strong sense of belonging and also to understand that hard work and commitment will help them achieve their goals in life. We at CREER believe that if we give children and youth the means to express themselves in a positive way it will help to deter future crime, thus making our community a safer place for all. 



CREER Programs

In 2012, we at CREER, decided that the fastest and most efficient way for permanent social impact was to concentrate our efforts and limited resources into education. The same year, and with the help of several very talented individuals we co-wrote the CREER Community Education Initiative (CCEI).

Following are the CREER Educational Programs as outlined in CCEI: 

1. CREER Homework Club K-12th Grades. School Year-Round Program

2. CREER Afterschool Tutoring Program Pre-K-12th Grades. Five Six-week Sessions Scheduled in 2018. 

3. CREER Summer Program Pre-K-12th Grades. One Six-week Session Scheduled in 2018. At the end of every Summer Session we hold a closing ceremony, where all children have the opportunity to share their achievements and art works. This event offers a very unique opportunity for family bonding and community togetherness, while giving children a strong sense of pride and empowerment.

Children enrolled in these programs also learn vital study skills, workmanship and the joy and pride in learning; giving them a sense of empowerment that will help them achieve their academic goals.


CREER's Mission


Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission

To develop children, youth and families through educational, cultural, arts, sports and civic leadership programs.



Our Vision

Our Mission

Our Mission

To create inspiring programs that transform lives and generations through education, culture, athletics, civic leadership and community involvement. 



Our Values

Our Mission

Our Values

Believing in the power of the human spirit. Believing in the power of community. Believing all goals and dreams are achievable.


CREER’s Mission, Vision and Values are aligned to develop educational, cultural and civic leadership programs to help the most vulnerable families in our community to close the gaps that poverty creates. 


CREER is committed to implementing all components in CCEI. Our ability to retain and grow experienced and qualified staff to develop and administer these programs is dependent upon our success in attaining sufficient funds for these programs. As the programs grow it is important that CREER secure the funding needed to retain skilled management to oversee the increased number of activities, staff, and volunteers, such as a Science Educator to oversee a future STEAM Program and a year round Music Teacher for the Music Program. 


Meet the Team


CREER's Board Members

Mrs. Shirley Sauvageau - CREER Board Member - Former Teacher. (Left) 

Mrs. Adelita Coronado-Greeley -  CREER Co-Founder and Board Member - Former Teacher. (Second Left) 

Mr. Ricardo Beas - CREER Board Member - Ricardo's Place Restaurant Co-Owner and Community Leader. (Center)

Mr. & Mrs. Kramer - CREER Supporters & Financial Contributors. (Right) 




Mr. Joe Soto, 


The Soto Company – CEO  

Mayor, City of SJC – (2004 & 2008) 

Mr. Ricardo Beas, 


Ricardo’s Place Restaurant – Owner 

Community Leader, 

Rotary Club Member 

Mrs. Adela Greeley-Coronado, 


CREER Founder, 

 Credential Educator – Retired  

Former Illinois Teacher of the Year

Mrs. Vera Assanti,


Partner / Office Manager / Accountant 

Assanti & Associates, P.C


Mrs. Shirley Sauvageau   

Credential Educator – Retired 

Faculty Volunteer Member – CREER 

Mrs. Lourdes Gutierrez 

Business Owner / Community Leader

Ms. Aurea Florentino   

Dental Assistant / Community Leader

Mr. Jeff Singer  


Angel for the Art’s-Emeritus – Former 

Board Member SJC FOL – Former, 

Dr. Bob Manniello,

Neonatal & Pediatric Physician – Retired 

Rockin with the Doc Host / 



Mrs. Louise Dumais 

Credential Educator – Retired, 

Faculty Volunteer Member – CREER 

Mrs. Rosa Beas  

Educator – Retired, 

Principal of Head Start – Former 

Mrs. Kay Barker  

Credential Educator – Retired, 

Faculty Volunteer Member – CREER 

Mrs. Kathy Rowley  

Credential Educator – Retired, 

Faculty Volunteer Member – CREER 

Mrs. Aileen May  

Local Artist – Retired, 

Faculty Volunteer Member – CREER 

Mr. Javier Martinez  

Founding Board Member, 

Corazones Alegres Director – Former 

Mr. Juan Peña 

Founding Board Member, 

Director of Atlas SJC Soccer League


Ms. Angeles Ceballos 

Executive Director   

Ms. Rosario Rowell 

Director of Education   


CREER's Volunteers

Thank you to all our volunteers for your support and dedication.  Our Staff and Board Members understand and value your hard work. We know that you are the legs we stand on and the heart that makes us beat so we can continue with our Mission.  Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen from the bottom of our hearts... 


CREER's Staff

Ms. Angeles Ceballos - Executive Director  (Left) 

Ms. Rosario Rowell - Director of Education (Right) 

Miss. Andrea Romero - Summer Music, Reading & Writing Teacher 



All CREER Staff, Faculty and Volunteer Faculty are qualified to work with children. We have seven retired credentialed teachers who teach classes in a daily basis and during the Summer Programs. According to Mrs. Dumais, Educator with a Masters in Special Education and former Principal of Prentice School: “Between all of us, we have over 350 years of experience and expertise working with children k-12 Grades, we love it and are overwhelmingly passionate about our programs.” Mrs. Dumais is a CREER volunteer, who developed and currently implements the writing program.  

Sponsor a Child Campaign

The CREER Sponsor a child Campaign will give a child the opportunity to learn and close the academic and cultural gaps that poverty creates. Your donation of only $40.00 will sponsor a child for one class for 6 weeks.  $240.00 will provide a Full Afterschool or Summer Session consisting of 6 classes for 6 weeks.  

Please donate!! 

Picture:  2017 CREER Summer Programs - Reading & Comprehension Class - 1st-2nd Grades.

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All Students interested in the CREER programs are required to register by filling out a Registration, Media Consent, Medical Consent Forms and sign the Student CREER Code of Conduct.

All Volunteers interested in lending a hand to the CREER Programs are required to register by filling out a Registration, Media Consent, Medical Consent Forms and sign the Volunteer CREER Code of Conduct.  Copy of ID Required. 

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CREER Comunidad y Familia

31322 Camino Capistrano, CA 92675, San Juan Capistrano, California, United States


Monday - Thursday: 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Friday - Sunday: Closed

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