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Armed Services YMCA San Diego

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.

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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.

For self-referrals, after clicking the button below, please 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.

Submit a Self-Referral for Counseling

Submit a Professional Referral for Counseling

Download the Counseling Flyer & FAQ's

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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. 

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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. 

Click here to check out all of our offerings at Horse of the Sun Ranch!

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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.

 

Register for Camp Hero > Contact Us Camp Hero Information

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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

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  

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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 fun activities!

Commands can register for a homecoming by having the Homecoming Coordinator email us or call 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)


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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.

MURPHY CANYON (3293 Santo Rd, San Diego, CA 92124)

10 AM -12 PM

  • January through October = 4th Thursday of the month
  • November + December = 3rd Thursday of the month

BAYVIEW HILLS (1898 Sky Harbor Rd, San Diego, CA 92139)

11 AM - 1 PM

  • 2nd Thursday of the month

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