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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.

Thank you for your support

As the year 2017 comes to an end, I think back through this past year and remember with a grateful heart all the people who have been so caring and supportive to me and to Juan Carlos Organization.

I sincerely appreciate every expression of encouragement and generosity that you have shown me. Your help is what has made it possible to present the JCO program of exercise and socialization across San Diego County for nearly six years. Together, we have a made a positive difference in the lives of our special needs family members, friends, and neighbors. 

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.

January 19th Salsa Under the Stars

with Manny Cepeda

January 19, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm

Dance the night away with Manny Cepeda and his orchestra. Salsa Under the Stars in the beautiful outdoor courtyard at the Headquarters at Seaport Village Friday January 19, 2018 from 6 pm - 9 pm. No partner or experience necessary for this FREE event.

Manny Cepeda Quintet-Salsa Under The Stars

Come enjoy the salsa music and dance with Lisbeth Garces.

Location:  The Headquarters
                   789 W Harbor Dr
                   San Diego, CA 92101

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.

Below are pictures of 3 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.

Poway Community Park

Meets Tuesdays at 9:15 am.
Weather permitting as class is outdoors.

North Clairemont Recreation Center

Meets Mondays at 1:15 pm

Peninsula YMCA on Fridays

Meets Fridays at 11:00 am.

  • 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

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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.