Juan Carlos Association




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Our Mission

    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.

5 years: May 4, 2012 to May 4, 2017! Thanks to the many volunteer hours and generous support from donors, Juan Carlos Organization is starting its sixth year of bringing Dance Therapy Exercise classes to the special needs community

     5th Annual Fundraiser: We hope you will join us in celebrating the legacy of JCO as we spread our wings into the future. There will be fun, food by "Tacos El Richi," and music by the "Funks Most Wanted" band! Check out the band FMW Website. Check out the flyer for more information about the event.
When:   3 to 6 pm Saturday August 12, 2017
Where:  Christ Lutheran Church
            4761 Cass Street
            San Diego, CA 92109

Tickets: $25.00 for adults, children under 10 $ 5.00
             You can purchase tickets on line using JCO paypal donate. Click on the yellow donate button and when the Paypal window opens enter the amount you are paying, click on the add special instructions to the seller, in the text window that opens enter "Tickets for Aug 12 party" plus the number of tickets and your name. Then complete the form and click on the Donate Now button. Tickets will be waiting for you at the checkin table.


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


Video Introduction to JCO

Lisbeth's son 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.

     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.

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

A Tribute to Juan Carlos


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. You can see the full class schedule and check out the several ways that you can contribute to JCO.

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



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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.