My Father: Memories of a Nuremberg Judge

Please join us to hear Judy Hamilton Crockett share memories and letters from her father, Major Clarence E. Hamilton, a Judge Advocate in Nuremberg, Germany.


Friday, May 19, 2017  |  7:00pm
Location: 761 Tucker Lane, Rossmoor, CA


The Nuremberg trials were a series of military tribunals, held by the Allied forces after World War II, which were most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, judicial and economic leadership of Nazi Germany who planned, carried out, or otherwise participated in the Holocaust and other war crimes. The trials were held in the city of Nuremberg, Germany, and their decisions marked a turning point between classical international law and contemporary international law.

Major Hamilton served in WWI, was an attorney, and re-enlisted at age 50 to serve in WWII. He was the man in charge of the denazification of Germany and reestablishing the postwar court system in the Allied occupied area.

Cost: $35 (includes food and beverages)
Please RSVP by May 12th
Call Judy Klabouch at (562) 598-8694 or Christina Garcia at Casa Youth Shelter at (562) 594-6825

Reality Party: What You Didn’t Know


Due to popular demand, an additional time slot of 1:15 pm has been added. Admission is first-come, first-registered. Click here to register now.

There is also a similar Reality Party being held on April 22, 2017, in West Garden Grove. You may find more information about this event here.


Casa Youth Shelter presents Reality Party: What You Didn’t Know
Saturday, April 1, 2017

The REALITY PARTY aims to promote social change regarding underage and binge drinking, impaired driving, marijuana, prescription drug misuse, and other concerns using improvisation and interactive techniques. These methods are used to engage discussion, explore issues, and develop personal and community solutions.

Attendees will engage in a tour through a mock “teen drinking party” to become more aware and understand the very real concerns teens face.

High school volunteers from Casa Youth Shelter’s Youth Leadership Program will follow a script acting out realistic scenes and powerful events that will depict overindulgent drinking games, the relentless peer pressure and other current alcohol and drug trends. The experience is sure to be eye-opening.

Following the tour, a question-and-answer session will be conducted by local law enforcement, drug and alcohol experts, and other professionals who will discuss prevention and intervention strategies and how to best support our youth in making healthy and safe choices.

The date of the party coincides with spring break and prom season — both times of the year when many house parties occur.

In order to preserve the privacy of the homeowners, we respectfully keep the location undisclosed. Registrant will be contacted within one (1) week of event with address of exact location.

To register for this free event, click here.

‘Tis the season for giving

Every December since 1983 (you do the math!), the community-service oriented Seal Beach Lions Club has held a gift drive and pancake breakfast for the residents of Casa Youth Shelter.

This year, Lions Club members and local businesses donated gift cards to be distributed among our residents during a festive breakfast event, held at the Marina Community Center in Seal Beach, just a few miles from the shelter in Los Alamitos. Lions and Leos (the youth community service branch of the Lions) served as volunteer hosts to our kids.


“It’s important that the kids know the local community cares about them,” said Lisa Kemp, a Lion and an organizer of the event. She makes a point to include gift items for the kids that are warm and comforting, like socks and blankets. “We’ll warm their hands and feet,  while Casa warms their hearts,” she said.

Santa Claus was in attendance, and while one young girl was good-naturedly afraid of him (“my whole life, he always creeped me out!”), the others were excited to see him.


Overall, according to Lisa, the event was a success and “the kids were delightful this year.” We are humbled and so grateful to the Lions for the kindness and generosity shown to our kids this holiday season!

Want to give back? Check out our wish list, or — for something a little more hands-on — our volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer spotlight: Los Alamitos Police Chief Eric Nuñez

Chief Eric Nuñez of the Los Alamitos Police Department is a relative newcomer to the Casa Youth Shelter Board of Directors, having joined in January of this year. Though he has made quite an impact already, not least of which was acting as keynote speaker at this past October’s Youth Leadership Conference at Los Alamitos High School.

When asked why CYS is a cause particularly close to his heart, Chief Nuñez tells us a story: “I grew up in Norwalk. We didn’t have much, but my mother always seemed to be taking in people who had nowhere else to go.” As a result, frequent visitors in his home were a normal part of childhood.

“Years later, I ran into one of those visitors, and he confided in me that my mother taking him in all those years ago had had such positive effects on his life,” he added. It wasn’t until that moment that he realized what an impression his mother had made on so many people, and that her simple gesture of providing a place to stay had made such a difference. “I think CYS is similar in that way,” he says. “They’re there in that moment of need.”

Chief Nuñez is no stranger to giving back; he supports many causes including Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the United Way, and “anything to do with helping veterans.” He is involved with several other organizations including the Kiwanis Club of La Palma, the California Police Chiefs Association, and the Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation.

“CYS is such a valuable resource in our community. I only have so much time to give,” he says, “but serving on the CYS board is a great way for me to be involved.”

Want to make a difference in the lives of our kids? Find out how.