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Welcome and Mission Statement

  • Welcome to the Juan Carlos Organization, a non-profit organization founded May 4, 2012 by Lisbeth Garces in memory of her son Juan Carlos.

  • The mission of the Juan Carlos Organization is to stimulate joy, acceptance and achievement for people of all ages with physical, sensory or cognitive challenges through guided dance and rhythmic exercise programs.

Juan Carlos Org Lisbeth Garces and the board of directors thank FMW Funksmostwanted for your wonderful music, Maria Costa-Fink for planning such a wonderful event, Zori Tinker LeiLani Vidal Calgaro, Doug Hartley, Eileen Conway, LaDon Jones, for your incredible music, my beautiful wife Stacey Bonitati, volunteers, all the donations and everybody that came to celebrate our 5th year anniversary

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JCO Presents Funks Most Wanted Band

August 12th Fundraiser 

Video Introduction to JCO
PIctures of JCO students in the 2015 new logo "T-Shirts"

Lisbeth's late son Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos

Lisbeth Garces started Juan Carlos Organization in memory of her son Juan Carlos, who passed away from Muscular Dystrophy in 1999 at the age of 15.

Juan and LIsbeth

Ms. Garces' compelling personal journey of how she dealt with her son's illness is the inspiration behind this organization. In spite of her son's physical challenges, she created an active lifestyle that left many memorable moments for the both of them in Juan's all-too-brief-life.

A Tribute to Juan Carlos

See highlights of her experiences with Juan and hear his voice as he sings karaoke just five months before his passing.

  • Class Pictures

    Below are pictures of 4 different classes that meet weekly and are made possible by the hard work of the JCO volunteers, JCO partners, and the generous donations from friends of JCO.  Check out the current Classes Calendar.

Peninsula YMCA on Fridays

"Sit n Fit" Thursdays at God's Garage

University Community Library on Mondays
This class now meets at North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Poway Branch Library on Tuesdays 
This class meets at Hilltop Recreational Center starting June 2017

  • By helping someone today, you may also be helping yourself.


    Juan Carlos Organization's program of classes for San Diegans with movement challenges is funded by contributions from participants and donors. You are invited to make a fully tax-deductible contribution to support this program.

You can use PayPal to donate

The Juan Carlos Organization is pleased to be a part of AmazonSmile program, so our friends that shop on Amazon can turn part of their purchase into a donation to JCO. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Juan Carlos Organization every time you shop, at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to JCO.

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Copyright© 2013 Juan Carlos Organization. All Rights Reserved. Juan Carlos Organization is a not-for-profit organization. Articles of Incorporation classifying the Juan Carlos Organization as a tax-exempt, non-profit with 501(c)(3) status were approved on May 4th, 2012 by the California Secretary of State, and the organization became IRS approved on September 21, 2012, retroactive to May 4th, 2012. See the IRS Determination Letter.