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Extra Stuff We Do

The YWCA works with a variety of community partners in order to ensure that women, children and families who have experienced trauma, violence or other difficult life experiences, overcome these challenges, heal, and feel empowered.

Art with Patty

Patty Villegas is a community volunteer who has been organizing art projects with the families of the YWCA of San Diego for several years.  We are so thankful for the work that she has been doing with our families and her commitment to the organization. 

A.R.T.S. A Reason to Survive

Transforming Kids' Lives Through Free Arts Programs. Founded in 2001, ARTS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization driven by people who believe in the power of the arts to heal, inspire and empower. ARTS focuses their services on children (age 3 to 18) facing many types of life challenges. ARTS does this with a growing staff and dedicated volunteers - these creative, committed and passionate people have allowed ARTS to help more than 25,000 kids in its first 6 years.  ARTS currently serves thousands of kids annually throughout San Diego County at the Pat D'Arrigo ARTS Center and various partner sites. ARTS services are FREE to children who qualify. There is no charge to a child, family, partner site or service provider. For more information, please visit

Book Club

As a way to promote literacy and develop a network of support, the YWCA hosts a book club where clients read a variety of genres: poetry, fiction, self help, inspirational/motivational, historical, romance, biographies, science fiction and mystery. Discussions are then held to promote a wide variety of expression and ideas. We are currently seeking volunteers to help facilitate this group. If you are interested, please click here to submit a volunteer interest request.


Instructors of all forms of dance, from modern to Zumba, work with our clients to help them express themselves,reach a higher level of fitness, meet new people and have a lot of fun! We are currently seeking instructors in any form of dance to lead classes with our residents. If you are interested, please click here to submit a volunteer interest request.

Expressive Arts

Tish McAllise Sjoberg, M.A., Expressive Arts Therapist, uses the arts with women and teens to help them communicate, build relationships, and find resources within themselves to create change. Expressive Arts offers a vacation from the stresses in life, by building skills in using the art materials that help build creative confidence, and providing a pleasurable vehicle to work with every day challenges. Expressive Arts Therapy and Coaching is a discipline of helping and healing that uses all the arts (visual, movement, writing, drama and music) as its basis for discovery and changing lives.  For more information, please visit

Integrative Health Night

Specialists in acupuncture, energy healing, and massage therapy offer our clients a holistic and therapeutic way to heal the body.

Kid's Wish Network - Hero of the Month

The Hero of the Month program, offered by the Kid's Wish Network celebrates children between the ages of 3 and 18 who have faced and overcome difficult circumstances, often enduring a great deal of pain and suffering. Although their young lives are changed forever, their courage and spirit serve as an inspiration to us all. The YWCA of San Diego County is proud participate in this program and nominates one child every month as “Hero of the Month.” Each Hero kid is awarded with special gifts and a prepaid gift card. Paying tribute to these children’s ability to overcome adversity can make a real and positive difference in their recovery. For more information, please visit

Rancho Coastal Humane Society Animal Safehouse Program

Created in 1997, the award winning Animal Safehouse Program (ASP) was the third program of its kind in the nation. Their life-saving program is committed to breaking the cycle of violence. Victims of domestic violence and their children will often stay with a batterer because they fear their pet will be neglected, injured or killed if left behind. Concern for a beloved companion animal's welfare prevents or delays more than 50% of battered individuals from escaping domestic abuse, continuing to endanger themselves, their children and their pets. The Animal Safehouse Program provides a support service to domestic violence shelters which are unable to accept pets. They provide temporary shelter for the pets of victims of domestic violence, allowing battered individuals to escape abuse and seek safety. Because of this assistance, no one is forced to choose between abandoning a beloved pet and staying in an abusive relationship. With help from the Animal Safehouse Program, survivors and their children can seek shelter, medical treatment and counseling, knowing their pets are safe. For more information, please visit

Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies (MADCAPS)

Founded in May, 1960, MADCAPS is a nonprofit organization that focuses on involving mothers and daughters in direct service to and support of established philanthropic organizations. Every summer, the YWCA's Becky’s House® Domestic Violence Program is fortunate to have extensive support from MADCAPS volunteers with children's activities. MADCAPS Volunteers are also integral to the success of the YWCA’s Summer Kick-Off party that happens in June/July of each year. To learn more, visit

Melody's Mobile Dental Hygiene

Melody Swaroop, RDHAP of "Melody’s Mobile Dental Hygiene” provides dental cleanings to children and pregnant women in the Cortez Hill Family Center and Becky’s House® Domestic Violence Programs. With over 20 years experience in the field, Melody is an expert at helping kids feel comfortable during cleanings, so much so that they look forward to her visits! Melody is passionate about helping families in need and her time, energy and compassion truly makes a difference for YWCA clients. To learn more, visit

Resounding Joy, Inc.

Resounding Joy, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) which provides recreational music and music therapy services throughout San Diego County.  Their mission is to promote emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being through supportive music. Resounding Joy uses principles and approaches developed from professional music therapy practice to train non-musician volunteers (Joy Givers) to provide supportive music services to adults and children with special needs (Joy Receivers). Resounding Joy builds partnerships among faith-based and community-based organizations and accepts Joy Receiver referrals from any source. Resounding Joy’s Noelle Pederson, MT-BC, has facilitated Resounding Joy music therapy sessions since January 2008.  For more information, please visit

Leap to Success Women’s Leadership Institute

The Speak for Success Women's Leadership Institute provides coaching and training to domestic violence survivors to help them rebuild their self-confidence, self-esteem, and rediscover their direction and purpose in life. By learning public speaking and other important communication skills, graduates of this program can stand up and speak out as advocates for the prevention of domestic violence and other important issues. Through their monthly community outreach programs, they educate and empower others and are inspiring role models for their families and women everywhere. The Women's Leadership Institute is proud to partner with the YWCA to help empower women to reach their full potential.  For more information, please visit


Yoga is offered to our clients as a way to attain relaxation, improved health and well being. We are currently seeking yoga instructors. If you are interested, please click here to submit a volunteer interest request.

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