Women’s Center Youth & Family Services (WCYFS) is San Joaquin County’s primary provider of free, confidential shelter and services specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless and runaway youth and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The organization’s mission is to build a stronger community by fostering the strengths in individuals and by acting as a catalyst to end violence and youth homelessness. WCYFS has a staff of 70 providing services at 10 sites throughout San Joaquin County.
Women’s Center Youth & Family Services serves women, children, teens, and men who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking as well as homeless and runaway youth.
Services offered by WCYFS include:
- Shelters for victims of domestic violence and their children (DAWN House and Serenity House)
- Shelters for homeless and runaway youth (Safe House and Opportunity House)
- The Spot Youth Center
- 24-hour helplines
- 24-hour hospital response and accompaniment for sexual assault victims
- Individual peer counseling
- Individual and family therapy
- Support groups for battered women and men, survivors of sexual assault, youth and teens, and adults molested as children
- Parenting classes for teens and adults
- Life skills training
- Employment readiness
- Case Management
- Advocacy and accompaniment to law enforcement agencies, court proceedings, hospitals, and social service providers
- Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) assistance
- Information and referrals
- Emergency food and clothing
- Just for Kids children’s counseling program
- Financial literacy program
- After care programs
- Legal and justice system information
- Youth mentoring program
- Services for minors who are victims of sex trafficking and exploitation
- Prevention education presentations on domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of social violence
- Community education and outreach
Shelter Programs (Crisis Specialists are available 24/7 to complete an assessment over the phone to determine if an individual is eligible for these programs):
- DAWN (Directions for Abused Women in Need) House, located in Stockton, and Serenity House, located in Tracy, are two undisclosed emergency
shelters designed for individuals and families who are fleeing domestic
violence, sexual violence, or human trafficking.
- Safe House, located in Stockton, offers up to 21 days of shelter and supportive services for runaway, throwaway and homeless youth (aged 12 to 17).
- Opportunity House, located in Stockton, provides up to 21 months of shelter and supportive services to prepare runaway, throwaway and homeless youth for independent living. The program serves youth aged 18 to 22 and emancipated youth from 16 to 17 years old.