Armed Services YMCA San Diego




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Clinical Counseling and Support


Serving in the military, being a military spouse, or a child of a military member can  be a challenge. Sometimes, the support we need the most must be kept confidential. At these times, we offer military families confidential counseling services, outside of the chain of command.

We offer trusted counseling services in a safe-space (whether at home or in our offices) to junior enlisted active duty service members and their families at no cost. Our Social Work team with advanced professional degrees and familiarity with military culture, understand the needs and concerns of military families. Whether in crisis, looking for parenting advice, marriage counseling, or just someone to talk to, we can help. Email us or call  858-751-5755.

For self-referrals, click the button below to create an account in our Client Portal and fill out the referral forms located at the top left of the screen. Once these forms are submitted, you will be contacted by a social worker who will get any additional information and let you know about our current wait time.

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Armed Services YMCA's Clinical Counseling Team has transitioned from our traditional in-home and office counseling sessions to remote telehealth sessions. After a referral is submitted, a social worker will contact you via email.


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Wounded, Injured & Ill Services


The Armed Services YMCA San Diego provides programs and services to adults & children who are hospitalized and/or receiving active outpatient care at Naval Medical Center Balboa. Our services include warrior care initiative, urgent needs support, littlest warriors gift bags, recreation services, dog therapy, and support & appreciation. 


LOCATION: 34800 Bob Wilson Drive

San Diego, CA 92134

Office: 619-532-8156


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Horse of the Sun Ranch


Horse of the Sun Ranch is a program of the Armed Services YMCA San Diego that provides an array of equestrian and respite activities. We are principally focused on healing the spirits of military families and at-risk youth. Our programs include a variety of equestrian and non-equestrian physical activities that enhance the experiences through immersion in natural settings. 


LOCATION: 28271 Old Hwy 80, Pine Valley, CA 91962


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Camp Hero

Camp Hero is a day camp program that serves military children as an outlet for youth to share their common experiences and receive academic, recreational and leadership-based enrichment. The Camp Hero experience is broken down by weekly themes that include weekly field trips helping enhance the learning experience.












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Operation Little Learners


Operation Little Learners is a family bonding program supporting early childhood social and cognitive development through positive interactions between parents and children using songs and stories. There is no cost to participate in this program for moms and children ages 18 months to 5 years.




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Operation Kid Comfort


We strive to make deployment as easy as possible on the children. Upon request, Operation Kid Comfort provides every child, age from 0 to 17 years old, with an original quilt made from photos submitted by his or her parent. Each keepsake is hand-made by a volunteer and donated with love. The finished quilt provides military children with warm memories that help carry them through their parent’s deployment.



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After School Achievement Academy

The After School Achievement Academy offers daily after school programming for children in grades K-6th! The Armed Services YMCA will provide transportation from Miller and Hancock Elementary schools immediately after dismissal to our facility on Santo Road for programming. Activities include, homework/academic support, STEM, Arts & Crafts, and sports. 


Participation is open only to students currently enrolled in grades K-6th at participating schools:

Hancock Elementary School 

Miller Elementary School 

Tierrasanta Elementary School

Vista Grande Elementary  








The Armed Services YMCA welcomes service members home in our festive Fun Zone booth.  This booth provides a variety of projects and crafts for children and families while they await their service member’s return. Make the return of your command extra special by celebrating with music and fun activities!

Commands can register for a homecoming by having the Homecoming Coordinator email us or by calling 858-751-5755. Please contact us 2-3 months prior to the ships return in order for us to accommodate you during this exciting time. (Services are for commands only, individual family requests cannot be accommodated)




Neighborhood Food Distribution


Our Neighborhood Food Distribution takes place twice a month - on the 2nd Thursday at Bayview Hills and on the 4th Thursday at our Murphy Canyon location. Registration information is posted on our Facebook page at 6:00 PM every Friday. Click the links below more more information!




Whether you are an individual, active duty military service member or group, we appreciate your help!