The Thumbprint Project Foundation

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Making a Difference Making a Difference

Learn about our passionate team, and how you can help! 


Childhood Domestic Violence Awareness

Impacts of Childhood Domestic Violence - Protect our Children

Understanding the  definition of domestic violence can help you to take more effective action against its many manifestations of abuse. 

Globally, the victims of domestic violence are overwhelmingly women. Domestic violence is among the most underreported crimes worldwide. It is often hidden by a perpetrator's success in life. Success is the warmest place to hide.

According to the United States Department of Justice - Office on Violence Against Women - the definition of domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner. Abuse comes in many forms some of which are physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and psychological abuse. 

The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year; $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.

Studies suggest that up to 3.3 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually in the US.

There is acknowledgment that a child who is exposed to domestic abuse, both physical and verbal, during their upbringing will suffer developmental and psychological damage. Verbal abuse can be even more damaging than physical abuse. Children are especially sensitive to verbal abuse. Typically, the more verbal abuse a child suffers, the more problems the child is likely to develop as a result. It does not matter how old the child is when the abuse occurs for it to have a damaging and lasting effect, nor does the economic status of the family or the gender of the child matter. Exposure to violence in the home negatively wires and encodes the child's developing brain ( negative neural pathways are formed— forming  a  “thumbprint”  ). This "thumbprint" shapes a child's behaviors, sense of self, and how they view others.  These negative behaviors will be assimilated into their lives and it will perpetuate.

The new emerging profile in our society is women with children who flee, rendering themselves homeless. Sometimes they are forced to flee in the middle of the night. These women leave with nothing in their hands except the small hands of their children, protecting them at all cost, hoping to give them a better life. These same children are  at risk of repeating homelessness as an adult, repeating the domestic violence behavior, at risk for substance/drug abuse, and at high risk for becoming a victim of human trafficking. 



If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911. To speak to someone about domestic violence related services available throughout San Diego, call the San Diego 24 Hour Access and Crisis Line at 888-724-7240 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24 hours a day at : 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224. 


About Us

Board of Directors


Kristie Bruce-Lane, Founder / President

Kristie Bruce-Lane, Founder / President

Kristie Bruce-Lane, Founder / President

Kristie has over 20 years of corporate experience in the Healthcare and Agricultural industries. Kristie is passionate about one  of  our most vulnerable populations - our children. She believes in a proactive, solutions-oriented approach. She serves her community and believes it is about the people, making an impact and getting meaningful results. Kristie currently serves on the Advisory Board for Door of Hope-Salvation Army, Healthcare Businesswoman's Association Member of Southern California, California Womens Leadership Association Member, a member of the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless, Club 33-San Diego Rotary, amongst other leadership positions in her community. Kristie earned two B.S. degrees in the field of Nutritional Science and Crop Science with a minor in Biotechnology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. The impact of her life experiences shaped her passion to make a difference in the lives of children who are disadvantaged and exposed to events that have negatively impacted their lives. Kristie grew up in Bakersfield, CA. She is a proud mom and resides in San Diego, CA. 


Suzanne Kindschi, Treasurer

Kristie Bruce-Lane, Founder / President

Kristie Bruce-Lane, Founder / President

Suzanne has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Finance and Project Management in both small startup and some of the largest companies in the world. She launched her second career in Real Estate, a career choice that has always intrigued her.  Suzanne is a native Californian and earned her B.S. in Finance from San Diego State University. She leverages her personal and professional experience to achieve results and donates her time to numerous local and international organizations. She is a mother of two for 20+ years, an avid tennis player, and an overall outdoor enthusiast. Suzanne enjoys living in San Diego's North County with her husband, Kevin.


Therese Watson, Secretary

Kristie Bruce-Lane, Founder / President

Therese Watson, Secretary

Therese is a Business Development Executive and has spent over 25 years in the Healthcare industry. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Biological Science before she completed her Master of Business Administration. In her early childhood, Therese was raised by a single mom with the help of her grandparents. Her life was blessed by her step-father who stepped in and became a role model in her upbringing.  Therese knows the challenges and reality that these women face. From her experience, she knows what a  positive impact it makes when family and a community come together. She is very active in the community and her passion and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on these children is unbound. She resides in San Diego,CA.


Elisabeth Caetano, Author and Psychotherapist

Elisabeth is a licensed Psychotherapist with the state of California and have over 20 years of experience helping people make changes in their lives using a goal oriented approach. She owns her own business - Navigating Changes located in San Diego,CA. Together, her clients work on concrete solutions- learning positive coping skills and stress management. Her areas of specialty include Empowering Women, Goal Setting/Achievement, Making Life Changes, Self-Esteem Issues, Authenticity, Personal Growth and Mindfulness. She has spent her career working with women of domestic violence, addiction, mental health and empowering women to live vibrant and fulfilled lives. She is passionate about helping others in her community. She is the author of "Down The Rabbit Hole and Back". Elisabeth is a impactful life coach and an authentic mother who lives with her family in San Diego, CA.  



Door of Hope - A Part of Salvation Army

You need three things to heal from the trauma of domestic violence. You need distance emotionally, financially, and physically. The Door of Hope offers a variety of housing options and support while these women and children escape the abuse and start to transition their lives.  

The Door of Hope is a 7-acre campus with programs designed to give hope and transform lives. They work from the heart. The Door of Hope has continually helped women in crisis, especially those with children, since 1931.  


The San Diego Foundation - A Trusted Leader Driven To Spark Change

The  San Diego Foundation improves the quality of life in all of our communities by providing leadership for effective philanthropy that builds enduring assets and by promoting community solutions through research, convening and actions that advance the common good. 


California Coast Credit Union - Your best interest.

California Coast Credit Union is the longest-serving credit union in San Diego County, headquartered  in San Diego, California. California Coast is proud to serve the needs of the San Diego and Riverside communities. From supporting local causes by creating a path through financial literacy or by giving back through their Cal Coast Cares Foundation, they are dedicated to uplifting the communities they serve. 


Amazon Partners With The Thumbprint Project Foundation

Thank You for Supporting The Thumbprint Project Foundation!!! 100% of the donation amount generated from your eligible purchase on AmazonSmile will be donated. The donation amounts generated by your purchases are combined with the donation amounts from all other customers that selected our organization, and each quarter the AmazonSmile Foundation will make a donation to The Thumbprint Project Foundation  by electronic funds transfer. The Thumbprint Project Foundation is a registered charitable organization on AmazonSmile! To help support The Thumbprint Project Foundation with every purchase, select The Thumbprint Project Foundation as your charitable foundation in your AmazonSmile profile or please go to our direct link when making your next purchase:



Good360’s mission is to transform lives by providing hope, dignity, and a sense of renewed possibility to individuals, families, and communities impacted by disasters or other challenging life circumstances who, without us, would struggle to find that hope.

As the global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, we partner with socially responsible companies to source highly needed goods and distribute them through our network of diverse nonprofits that support people in need. 



NEW CARS INC. - Driven...To Help You Drive...A Better Buy!

New Cars Inc. has been helping clients purchase both New and Pre-Owned vehicles since 1986. They have delivered over 85,000 vehicles to our clients helping them save: Time, Hassle, and Money in the process of purchasing their vehicle of choice. Whether you are in the market for a New Vehicle...or a gently used Pre-Owned vehicle...we are here to help you.

Thank you NEW CARS INC. for stepping forward as a resource for those who are transitioning their lives and the lives of their children in need of an affordable, reliable and mechanically sound vehicle. The time these  homeless children spend on public transportation to get to and from school could be time they are spending at home with their family and or enjoying after school activities that others are afforded because they have reliable transportation. For the parent, who is working so hard in their transitional process, they can get to and from work everyday in reliable transportation in order to support their children and get back on their feet. 


San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless

The Thumbprint Project Foundation is proud to be part of The Regional Task Force on the Homeless (RTFH) is an integrated array of stakeholders committed to preventing and alleviating homelessness in San Diego. The Regional Task Force on the Homeless provides  essential data and insights on the issue of homelessness, informing policy and driving system design and performance. Collaboration, Excellence, Integrity, Innovation and Knowledge are the pillars to our success in ending homelessness in San Diego.


Ralph's Community Rewards

Ralphs Community Contribution Program  donates to local organizations based on the shopping you do everyday. Once you link your REWARDS CARD to The Thumbprint Project Foundation, all you have to do is shop at Ralphs and swipe your REWARDS CARD!

A digital account is needed to participate in Ralphs Community Contribution Program.  A REWARDS CARD is required for the Ralphs Community Contribution Program program so that your transactions apply toward The Thumbprint Project Foundation. Search for The Thumbprint Project Foundation by name or use our organization code: NB676 

Stand together as a community!

Help The Thumbprint Project Foundation's Cause! 

When they cannot make sense of what is happening, together we can show these children that they are surrounded by a community of love and support. 

When these women of tremendous courage step out from behind closed doors to protect and provide their children with a better model for life, let's lean forward as a community and help.  

As a foundation, we will let these children know "we see you, you matter," and we are here to help.

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