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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

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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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 and good wishes for the recipient child. The finished quilt is filled with pictures of family and provides 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. ASY 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 click here to inquire about volunteering for this program.

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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

Previously called Mom & Tots, 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 kids ages 18 months to 5 years.

NTC
1895 Tattnal Way San Diego, CA 92106
Mondays & Wednesday 9:15AM-10:15AM


Chollas
3250 Transmitter Rd. San Diego, CA 92115                                                                                                Mondays 9AM–10AM


Gateway
2741 Mendonca Dr. San Diego, CA 92110
Mondays & Wednesdays 11AM–12PM


Bayview
1565 Ridgewood Dr. San Diego, CA 92139
Mondays 11AM–12PM


VSM
8420 Krenz St. San Diego, CA 92123
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:15AM–10:15AM


Murphy Canyon
3293 Santo Road San Diego, CA 92124
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:15AM–10:15AM

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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 session will begin September 30th - December 6th.  

NTC // 1895 Tattnal Way San Diego, CA 92106
Fridays 9:30AM – 11:30AM
ASY San Diego // 3293 Santo Road San Diego, CA 92124
Tuesdays 11AM – 1PM

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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 young children of military families participating in Craft and Conversation.

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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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, Hancock and Angier 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: 
Angier Elementary
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 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)


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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.

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

10 am to 12 Noon

ASYMCA Paul Hartley Complex 3293 Santo Road, San Diego, CA 92124

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