In moments of uncertainty, the YMCA lifts up communities more than ever with resources to support families and ensure well-being as best we can during the global response to the COVID-19 outbreak. While maintaining social distancing and relying on virtual support according to public health guidelines, the Y continues to connect families to the services and supports they need.
With a constant stream of news and rapidly changing information, it can be difficult to know where to turn for advice. We know there are many organizations working together, and this list is a sampling of a few local resources and community partners our social service staff have been using to support youth and families during this time.
This list will be updated as we continue to receive information, so please check back often.
Local Resource Hubs
2-1-1 San Diego - Visit the website or call 2-1-1 for connections to local resources. 2-1-1 is also operating a nurse's hotline from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for health-related questions. Call 2-1-1 and follow prompts to get connected to the hotline.
[email protected] - free resource with tips and strategies to stay healthy in both mind and body while staying at home, organized by age group and topic.
Child Care and Resources for Parents of Young Children
YMCA Childcare Resource Service is now providing enhanced referrals to San Diego County families to speed up the search for licensed child care for essential personnel during this crisis: 1-800-481-2151. *Special phone line for health care, first responder, law enforcement and military families: 619-952-0242 (Countywide)
Summit Church (292 E Barham Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078)
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Diaper sizes 1 - 6 will be distributed
Email [email protected] or call/text (760) 390-2393
Escondido Child Development Center
819 W 9th Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025
Educational resources for children of all ages:
- Households already on CalFresh will be temporarily bumped up to the maximum benefit ($194/person each month) for March & April. No additional paperwork is required; this increase will occur automatically.
- Anyone currently on CalFresh with renewal/recertification due in March, April, or May, paperwork schedule will be shifted. 6-month renewal (SAR7) will be skipped during these 3 months. 12-month recertification (Recert) during these 3 months will be pushed back 6 months (i.e. Oct for those regularly due in April). This shift will allow County/State staff capacity to process an influx of new applications related to the pandemic. Only action needed, CalFresh households must notify the County at any time within 10 days if they have an income or household status change that potentially makes then ineligible.
- A new public benefit ‘Pandemic-EBT’ program will be released soon; no details available yet.
Distribution site For students (Countywide)
Distribution site For families (Countywide)
North County Food Bank (North County)
Assistance for Grandfamilies
Generations United Resources | COVID-19 Fact Sheet
Emotional and Physical Well-Being
Virtual Therapy on a sliding scale: Counseling Services and Well-Being Annex, YMCA Youth & Family Services
Virtual coaching and well-being services for current and former foster youth:
YMCA Youth Resiliency Center, contact Brittany Vetter, LCSW 81890, [email protected]
Caring for Your Anxiety: Shine
Online/Text/Phone Crisis Counseling with California Coalition for Youth:
Call 1-800-843-5200 or access online chat here.
Support for Individuals Sheltering in Unsafe Situations:
1-(888) 385-4657: San Diego's 24-hour domestic violence crisis line is currently providing counseling, legal services, and an updated list of the safe shelters that have availability within the county.
Online/Phone services for Mental Health and Wellness: San Diego County Suicide Prevention Council
Free OnDemand YMCA fitness classes for home workouts
Tax Assistance and Relief through the Internal Revenue Service: IRS.gov
Calculate how much you will receive from federal stimulus checks: Washington Post
Renter and Eviction Relief
Rent and Homeowner Assistance (English, Spanish): Office of Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (AD-80), City of San Diego/South County
YMCA Housing Services for Youth
Overnight Shelter: every Wednesday night, 5 beds available for youth ages 18-24 on a first-come, first-serve basis (North County)
Emergency Housing Assistance: housing and supportive services for youth ages 18-24, (North County)
San Diego Housing Commission (City of San Diego)
Employment Counseling and assistance
News and Updates on regional COVID-19 response: San Diego County
Inclusion in this list is not an explicit endorsement of these resources; individuals seeking assistance are advised to conduct their own research and determine if the resources, services, or organizations are a good fit for their needs.