Improving the Lives of Children, Youth and Families


A broken door from apartment unit A broken door from one of the apartment units. Renovations are critical to create a SAFE place.

Over the last 20 years, YMCA Youth & Family Services programs have supported youth at a critical point in their lives, where immediate access to safe shelter and services can be the difference between a life of stability and wellness or one of chronic stress and uncertainty.







A Refuge in the Hills

view of unfinished apartment from the inside View of unfinished apartment. Your support is needed to create a dignified space for young people in our community.

In 2019, we secured a 25 unit apartment building in Escondido. We're working diligently to renovate each and every unit to create dignified and beautiful spaces for young people to call home.


  • Built in 1979
  • Each unit has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
  • Garages
  • Ample parking
  • Courtyard
  • Playground
  • Outdoor community space
  • Park-like setting
  • Live in, on-site support
  • On-site community space and resource center

This complex will allow 44 youth and any dependent children to experience safe and stable housing with supportive services to assist them in their quest for well-being and self-sufficiency.

This building is a critical component of the Y’s innovative service model and will allow for increased impact in youth’s lives.

We need partners to help us make this building a safe haven for young people — so they can feel secure, stable, and ready to navigate their future plans.







$4, 248, 475 MILLION

Amount secured through donations



An Inside Look

Here's an inside look into the apartment complex, where we're working together to create a dignified space for young people to call home. The untapped potential of what we can build together is endless.

Join Us & Donate Today

We need partners to help us make this building a safe haven for young people — so they can feel secure, stable, and ready to navigate their future plans.


Be Part of the Solution

Your gift not only supports our goal of ending youth homelessness, it sends the message that our community cares about empowering young adults to reach their fullest potential. We provide naming opportunities for all gifts over $1,000. Gifts can be payable over 3-5 years. Examples of naming opportunities include:

visual of possible naming opportunities

Investor Shout Out

A special thanks to the following community members for investing in our youth and being in their corner:


  • Adriana Alcaraz
  • Barrio Dogg
  • Brazell Family
  • BQuest Foundation
  • County of San Diego
  • Johnson Family
  • Cynthia Ledesma
  • Kristen Maldonado
  • Lidia S Martinez
  • Jerry and Eleanor Navarra
  • Sahm Family Foundation  
  • Saxten Family 
  • Carole and John Sachs
  • Phil and Shauna Schneider
  • Joy Singleton
  • Carmen Spurling
  • The Tomlinson Foundation
  • Patti Dizon Woods

Partner with us!

Justin Lipford is YFS’ Community Engagement Director; he’s passionate about out-of-the-box ideas that translate to big impact and is ready to collaborate.  Contact him today to discuss how your shared passion can create meaningful change for young people. Phone: (619) 370-4693 | Email: [email protected]


Want to Learn More?

We have contributed to the evidence base in the field of youth homelessness through our own original and translational research.  Read the below Social Issue Summary and White Papers to learn more about this critical social issue and how the YMCA is playing an essential role in ending youth homelessness.




Social Issue Summary

White Papers

YFS Whitepaper 2YFS Whitepaper 1YFS Social Issue Summary