Founded in 1908, YWCA of San Diego County empowers women, men, and children to break the cycle of domestic violence and homelessness, and achieve self-sufficiency. Serving more than 8,300 individuals annually, its gender-inclusive residential programs and comprehensive services include safe housing, counseling, legal assistance, employment support, financial literacy training and children’s and youth services. YWCA is committed to helping individuals and families recover from trauma, improve their economic status, secure lasting independence and ultimately transform their lives.
One in four women and one in seven men experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Fulfilling the complex and often life-threatening needs of survivors in the community, the Becky’s House Domestic Violence Program encompasses a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, an emergency shelter, and four transitional housing complexes – all complemented by a full spectrum of supportive services.
The Vi McKinney Becky’s House Shelter, a 30 to 60-day emergency shelter, serves women, men and children in need of immediate protection from their abusers in a secure, confidential facility. Becky’s House Transitional Housing provides safe housing and supportive services for individuals and families in four distinct communities. In the 12-month program, clients focus on overcoming trauma, developing life skills, improving employment, increasing income and obtaining permanent housing.
Additionally, the Legal Services program provides low-income domestic violence survivors with free assistance on family law matters, including restraining orders, divorce, child custody, child and spousal support and limited attorney representation. Mobile legal clinics are also available in underserved communities throughout the county.
Nearly 9,000 individuals face homelessness in San Diego County on any given night and 50% are without shelter of any kind. In response to the critical community need, YWCA serves this vulnerable population through interim shelter, transitional housing and wraparound supportive services.
Passages, a 12-month transitional housing program, provides low-income, single homeless women with stable housing and supportive services. Through personalized goals, clients focus on addressing barriers, developing life skills, increasing income and obtaining employment and permanent housing.
Cortez Hill Family Center provides interim housing and supportive services for low-income, single-parent or dual-parent families with children. In the 120-day program, clients focus on stabilizing their family unit, increasing their income and securing stable housing.
Come join together In The Company of Women on April 29 for the 2016 Benefit Luncheon with keynote speaker, Anna Deavere Smith.