Changes coming to Pro Deo

Dear Pro Deo Community,

I hope this email finds you well. I’m reaching out today with important news regarding Pro Deo’s future plans. After much consideration and strategic evaluation, the board of directors has made the decision to close our Carpinteria location and relocate the organization to San Clemente.

This decision was not made lightly, but after careful analysis, it has been deemed the most strategic move for the future sustainability and growth of Pro Deo. The board believes that by centralizing our operations in San Clemente, we will be better positioned to serve our mission and expand our impact in a more efficient and effective manner.

With this transition, I also want to share that I will not be relocating to San Clemente to continue leading Pro Deo. While it is a bittersweet decision, I am confident in the capabilities of our leadership to carry Pro Deo forward into this new chapter.

I want to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering support and dedication during our time here in Carpinteria. Together, we have accomplished incredible things and made a lasting impact on our community. It has been an honor and privilege to work alongside such passionate and committed individuals.

I also want to thank Henry and Karen Pritchett for allowing me to lead our team to create and run such an innovative youth program here in Carpinteria and to help students find their place, passion, and purpose. It has been such a privilege to lead an amazing group of students who are so full of untapped potential. It is my prayer that our investment in them will bear fruit in their lives for years to come.

As we embark on this new journey, I have no doubt that Pro Deo will continue to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve. While I will no longer be the Executive Director, my support for Pro Deo and its mission will always remain steadfast.

Thank you once again for your support, dedication, and commitment to Pro Deo. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the organization. We will continue to run Pathways and Coastland through the school year and in June, we will begin to transition Pro Deo down to San Clemente where the board hopes to be up and running in the fall building on the success of our program location there.

With heartfelt appreciation,

David Roberts
Executive Director
Pro Deo
Changes coming to Pro Deo

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts is the Executive Director of the Pro Deo Foundation and when he's not working, he loves to spend time with his wife and two daughters finding fun things to do in the Santa Barbara area.

6 thoughts on “Changes coming to Pro Deo

  1. David… your presence in these students lives are going to be sorely missed. Our community of Carpinteria really needed this program, and these kids really needed you. I hope you will consider finding another organization to support your mission and vision of helping students find their way into the business economy, and show them ways to think outside the box and learn by doing. You are a gem.

    1. Thank you Lorraine for the kind words. They mean a great deal to me. I will miss running the foundation and the programs here in Carpinteria. I agree with you 100% that our community and students needed this program. I am hoping that in our absence that another organization will create something for our kids who don’t have all the opportunities in the world and who can really benefit from something like this.

    2. I second Lorraine’s comments

      Our Carpinteria Kids have been benefiting from this program in so many different ways. We are very appreciative of Dave and Rachel for giving the kids a place to grow and learn life skills which help them in their day to day. I’m not the only one sad to see this program being shut down. It is really unfortunate to see that the very few opportunities that are available and offered to young kids are being taken away. I hope the board members reconsider.

      1. Thank you for those kind words Lulu. You are a gem and so are your kids. Rachel and I appreciate your support and friendship. This has been tough, we also wish for the sake of Carp kids that there was a way forward. It has been such a privilege for us to get to know and work with such great students.

  2. You’ve been an incredible service to the students and community at large. AND you’ve brought joy to the many folks that have purchased unique handmade items from the store. I’m sorry to see the shop close up here in Carpinteria. Thank you to you and Rachel for your years of dedication to a worthy cause.

    1. Thank you Michelle, Rachel and I appreciate the kind words. It has been our privilege to serve the students and community of Carpinteria.

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