Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services (WCYFS) will host its annual holiday giving programs, Adopt-A-Family and the Holiday Toy Drive. These donation programs allow WCYFS to provide additional support to vulnerable youth and families in our community. Women, children, youth and men in crisis arrive at our doors shaken by trauma and anxious about their future. Children ask “How will Santa know where to find us?” and parents worry about how they will afford the basic necessities, let alone presents. Together, we can share the giving spirit of this holiday season.
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, sexual assault and human trafficking. Annually, WCYFS serves nearly 20,000 individuals through its direct services and community outreach, including more than 600 victims and their children who stay in our shelters.
WCYFS has witnessed the incredible generosity of this community time and time again, and we are asking for your support once more. Help us bring some light and joy to youth and families who are facing a dark and scary time in their lives. Join us by adopting a youth or family, organizing a toy drive, or making a monetary donation to support our services for homeless youth and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
Through the Adopt-A-Family program, businesses, organizations, schools and individuals are paired with an individual or family in need and are given a wish list of items they can gift.
To participate, please contact Stephanie Player at (209) 467-2334 or [email protected] to be matched with a youth or family. Additional information about Adopt-A-Family will be provided during sign up.
Every child deserves to feel the excitement of unwrapping a gift during the holidays. Collect toys for youth as young as 5 years olds up to 17 years old. Needed items include puzzles, games, trucks, dolls, Legos, blocks, stuffed animals, soccer balls, footballs, backpacks, purses, journals and more.
The complete list can be found at www.WomensCenterYFS.org, and donations will be accepted on an ongoing basis until December 19th, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at 620 N. San Joaquin Street in Stockton. For questions or additional information, please call (209) 941-2611.
About Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services (WCYFS): Established in 1976, Women’s Center-Youth & Family Services exists to build a stronger community by fostering the strengths in individuals and by acting as a catalyst to end violence and youth homelessness. With multiple locations throughout San Joaquin County, including four homeless youth and domestic violence shelters, WCYFS serves 20,000 individuals annually. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, WCYFS relies on donations from the local community to supplement programmatic contracts and grants in order to continue providing the highest quality of services to those in need.