The Ohana Clubhouse was created to provide quality childcare to middle school and high school age kids with developmental disabilities along with their siblings in a small family home setting.
Parents often struggle to find after-school and summer childcare options for their children who have Autism, Down Syndrome, Epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy or Intellectual Disabilities. Our program encourages the development of social and independent living skills. Youth in our care will also have the opportunity to participate in planned community outings. If you are interested in more information about our program, please email us!
In the fall of 2017, we will begin offering an internship program for college students to gain experience with children and teens with disabilities. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, supervised learning environment to inspire future educators and leaders in our disability community.
Meet John & Sharon
John is the son – He earned his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from California State University Channel Islands and is currently pursuing his Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Child Welfare. John has provided respite care for teens with Autism for two years and worked as a Therapeutic Recreation Summer Camp Counselor at Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD). He also worked for three years as a student assistant at the Disability Resource Programs (DRP) also known as the Educational Access Center (EAC) where he provided peer-mentoring, advocacy, and accommodations for students with disabilities. John also attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2012 and continues to use the leadership and organizational skills he learned from Scouting in his daily life.
Sharon is the mom – She has over 25 years of experience supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and is super excited to partner with her son as co-licensee in the creation and operation of Ohana Clubhouse. Sharon is the founder of Channel Islands Social Services, a long-time board member of the Autism Society Ventura County, and board member of Partners in Housing. She worked for seven years in resource development and quality assurance at TCRC, founded CISS in 2004 with her husband Tim, and in 2014 she was elected to the position of vendor representative to the Tri-Counties Association for the Developmentally Disabled (TCADD) board which she continues to fill today. Sharon is passionate about strengthening families through quality respite care and affordable daycare, and she loves sharing her extensive knowledge of community resources with others.