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Who We Are

Since 1908, the YWCA has helped those facing dire conditions - abused women, children and families living on the street - to find permanent solutions to their challenges, to overcome their barriers and to gain self-reliance. Our Becky’s House® program for survivors of domestic violence, our Passages program for single-homeless women and our Cortez Hill Family Center for homeless families provide more than a quick fix, a safe place for a day, or a bed for a night. We ask questions and listen to help people identify the reasons for their problems, and we help them figure out how to overcome them and break the cycle of domestic violence and poverty for good. Our approach has been very successful, as more than 70 percent of those who complete our program are able to obtain employment and stable housing, so that they can maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle.

The YWCA receives about half of its $5 million annual budget through government grants and each year we rely on the generous support of the community for the rest of the funds needed to support the mostly women and children who turn to us for a safe environment in which to rebuild their lives. We are also fortunate to have a large contingent of volunteers, whose donations of time and energy are invaluable to our mission.

What Makes The YWCA Of San Diego County Unique?

The YWCA’s Becky’s House® has the largest number of emergency shelter and transitional housing beds in the county, with 47 and 138 respectively, for women and children escaping domestic violence. Becky’s House® serves over 500 clients through its transitional housing program and nearly 2,500 individuals through its 24-Hour Domestic Violence Emergency Hotline each year.

We are the only domestic violence shelter that takes people in at all hours of the day and night and on weekends (24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year). We provide trauma-informed services to our residents. Each staff member incorporates knowledge about trauma in all aspects of service delivery, is hospitable and engaging for survivors, minimizes recurring victimization, and facilitates recovery.

All children who accompany their mothers to our shelter and transitional housing programs receive specialized services to overcome the trauma they have experienced.

The YWCA’s Passages program is the only long term comprehensive program in San Diego County for single homeless women that includes counseling services and transportation assistance.

The YWCA’s Cortez Hill Family Center is the only homeless program in San Diego County that keeps homeless families together. Family members are not separated by age or gender.


24 hour emergency hotline: 619.234.3164