Strengthening Our Military Family    |      Armed Services YMCA San Diego

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WHAT WE DO

Armed Services YMCA San Diego operates several programs and services to ease the burden of the families of junior-enlisted military personnel. Our programs and services are customized to meet the specific needs of military families of San Diego.

The Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.

The programs, services, and events we provide are designed to help the family come together, stay together, and have the ability to adjust, bounce back, and thrive wherever the services sends them.

View our signature programs:

 

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CLINICAL COUNSELING AND SUPPORT

As we all know, serving in the military can be a challenge. Being the spouse or child of a member of the military can also 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, free of charge. Our Social Work team with advanced professional degrees and familiar with military culture, understand the needs, issues and concerns of military families.

Whether in crisis, or looking for parenting advice, marriage counseling, or just someone to talk to, we can help. Email us or call us at 858-751-5755.

Submit a Self-Referral for Counseling

Submit a Professional Referral for Counseling

Download the Counseling Flyer & FAQ's

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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 six and under, with an original quilt made from photos submitted by his or her parent. For children seven and older, a pillow is made. Each keepsake is hand-made by a volunteer and donated with love and good wishes for the recipient child. The finished quilt or pillow, filled with pictures of family, provide military children with warm memories that help carry them through their parent’s deployment.

Operation Kid Comfort also provides a rewarding volunteer opportunity for anyone who loves to quilt or sew. ASYMCA San Diego is always seeking creative volunteers interested in donating their time and skills toward bringing comfort to a child of a deployed parent. If this sounds like a good fit for you, please do not hesitate to email us to inquire about volunteering for this program.

Request A Quilt >  Learn More >

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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.

 

Learn More about Camp Hero >

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FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE

This annual event is a highly anticipated formal dance we’re very proud to host. It’s an opportunity for fathers to spend precious time with their daughters, strengthen the father-daughter bond, and create memories that last a lifetime.

Check back for registration information.


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NEIGHBORHOOD EXCHANGE FOOD DISTRIBUTION

Families who meet Federal Income Requirements gather in the park at San Diego Armed Services YMCA headquarters to stock their cupboards with groceries. This event is fun filled thanks to support from active duty volunteers and members of the San Diego Community who come out to show their appreciation of military families.

 

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WOUNDED, INJURED & ILL SERVICES

Services to adults & children who are hospitalized and/or receiving active outpatient care at Naval Medical Center include our warrior care initiative, urgent needs support, littliest warriors, recreation services, dog therapy, support & appreciation. 

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MOMS & TOTS

Mom & Tots is a family bonding program supporting early childhood social and cognitive development through positive interactions between parents and children using songs, stories and crafts. There is no cost to participate in this program. For moms, and kids ages 18 months to 5 years. Contact >

NTC // 1895 Tattnal Way San Diego, CA 92106 
Tuesdays 9:15AM – 10:15AM
Chollas // 3250 Transmitter Rd. San Diego, CA 92115
Tuesdays 9AM – 10AM
Gateway // 2741 Mendonca Dr. San Diego, CA 92110
Tuesdays 11AM – 12PM
Bayview // 1565 Ridgewood Dr. San Diego, CA 92139
Tuesdays 11AM – 12PM
VSM // 8420 Krenz St. San Diego, CA 92123
Thursdays 9:15AM – 10:15AM
ASY San Diego // 3293 Santo Road San Diego, CA 92124
Thursdays 11AM – 12PM

REGISTER > 

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CRAFT & CONVERSATION

Adult environment where military spouses create a network of support while learning about different resources and engaging in a fun weekly craft.

FALL: October 3rd – December 16th
No Programs November 11 & 22-25

NTC // 1895 Tattnal Way San Diego, CA 92106
Fridays 9:30AM – 11:30AM
ASY San Diego // 3293 Santo Road San Diego, CA 92124
Mondays 9AM – 11AM - NEW TIME!
Miramar // 2348 Elrod Avenue San Diego, CA 92126
Mondays 12PM – 1:30PM

REGISTER >

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KIDS CLUB

Respite child care service connected to Craft & Conversation. Kids 18 months to 5 years can attend while parent participates in Craft & Conversation.

Kids Club is a no-cost structured learning environment for preschool aged children of military families participating in onsite San Diego Armed Services YMCA programs.

Structured activities and age appropriate play give kids a two hour glimpse of preschool. Coloring, puzzles, music, story-time, and small craft projects keep kids busy while they make new friends and develop their self esteem and independence. 

*Eligibility Requirements: Active Duty Sponsor, Ages 18 months to 5 years old, must be registered to participate

 

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OPERATION HERO

Operation Hero facilitates a positive environment, encourages responsible behavior and provides a chance for military kids to build friendships and share common experiences while further developing their self-esteem and resilience. Operation Hero offers an hour of academic support that allows students to work on homework after school. Operation Hero meets twice a week for two hours after school. Participation is open only to incoming 2nd-8th grade students at participating schools.

Hancock Elementary School 
Mon/Wed 2:30 – 5pm
Miller Elementary School 
Tues 2:15 – 4:45pm/Thurs 12:15 – 2:45pm
Perry Elementary
Monday 3:35 – 6pm/Wednesday 1:15 – 3:45pm
Dewey Elementary School 
Monday/Wednesday 2:45pm – 5:15pm
Vista La Mesa Academy 
Tuesday/Thursday 2:50 – 5:20pm
DePortola Middle School 
Tues 3:50 – 6pm

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CLUB HERO

Club Hero is a 2 hour school program for military youth to share common experiences, build friendships, and develop leadership skills. Through a variety of activities, games, and a service learning project, youth will tackle tough topics including communication, self-expression, decision making, problem solving, and goal setting. 

Farb middle school 
Thursdays 2:30-4:15pm
(4/6-6/8) 6-8 Grade
De Portola MIDDLE SCHOOL 
Tuesdays 3:50-5:45pm
(4/4-6/6) 6-8 Grade
Angier ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Tuesdays 3:50-5:45pm
(4/3-6/7) 3-4 Grade

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HOMECOMINGS

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 activities like coloring sheets, beads, craft projects and more.

Commands can register for a homecoming by having the Homecoming Coordinator email us or call 858-751-5755 ext. 124. Please contact us two to three 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)