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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Housing Support, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to provide children, youth and families in San Diego’s South Bay with services which reinforce the family’s role in our community and assist individuals to aspire realistically to lives of self-fulfillment. SBCS is committed to providing respectful services based on community strengths, needs and goals.

Geographic areas served: South San Diego County (National City, Chula Vista, Bonita, Imperial Beach, San Ysidro, Nester, South San Diego)

Programs: Youth and family support services:youth and family support services provides an array of services and activities to assist youth and their families in all aspects of life including: health, education, work recreation, after-school program, family, and social, as well as enhancing adult-youth partnerships. Programs include counseling, juvenile diversion, pregnancy prevention, after school programming, gang alternatives, gender specific programming, youth entrepreneurial activities, and other supportive and youth development services for at-risk youth and their families. The youth and family support services also focuses on recognizing the strengths, assets, and resiliency of youth in particular, and maximizing the potential for their long-term development by encouraging their creative abilities within a family and community context. Programs include trolley trestle transitional living program for former foster youth, casa nuestra shelter for runaway and homeless youth, independent living program for current and former foster youth, mental health services for children and youth in the community, and the community assessment team, whose purpose is to avoid at-risk youth's penetration into the justice system or social service system by providing early crisis intervention and appropriate follow-up services. Chula vista promise neighborhood (cvpromise) is an initiative coordinated by south bay community services and brings together a collaboration of partners focused on family, education, health and community to provide children in castle park neighborhood with the kind of opportunities they need to excel in school, get into college, find good jobs and lead healthy lives. Services and programs are offered on five school campuses in the castle park community and includes early learning network of programs for families with children birth to five years of age; escuelita del futuro preschool; support services and programs during and after school for elementary, middle and high school students; academic advocate program; promotora program; food distribution, universidad de padres; parenting workshops; parent centers; literacy cafes and more.

children services:the organization's children's services provide children with the therapeutic, developmental, and educational support they need, in safe, healthy environments. Children's programs include mental health services, early periodic screening diagnosis and treatment, and community services for families. Services may include therapeutic playgroups or other settings which held children to develop the physical, mental, social, emotional, and creative skills needed for life. Children learn new ways of interacting in group settings and practice life skills and socialization skills. They discover mechanisms by which they can identify anger and impulsive behaviors within themselves, and techniques to change negative behaviors and attitudes into positive ones.

family wellness and self sufficiency:family wellness and self-sufficiency programs strengthen at-risk families and the connection with their communities through a comprehensive continuum of activities, opportunities, and services. Services include a continuum of shelters, counseling and supportive services, community advocacy, and self-sufficiency skills programs. Family wellness and self-sufficiency also includes community development which promotes economic development and neighborhood revitalization, the core of which are the development of affordable housing options, social enterprise development, and community youth development projects and economic advancement for low income south bay families. The organization has developed extensive housing opportunities.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I have always known that there are many agencies out there who provide assistance to those in need. However, when I came across South Bay Community Services I was impressed with the variety of services they offer for families and kids. I had the opportunity to be a volunteer at their agency and I must say, it was a great experience. I was able to meet several of the staff members and experienced how they are caring individuals who want their clients to succeed. In my experience South Bay Community Services is always willing to offer a helping hand to those who are in need and in order to better serve the community they always strive to provide their employees with the right tools and knowledge.
Gaby

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My personal experience as a Southwest Middle School after school tutor through South Bay Community Services is one that I will always remember. Next time I have an opening in my schedule I will be their again to experience such a rewarding opportunity. Being able to mentor students at that level made me feel like I was in middle school all over again. Such an opportunity is priceless on my menu. The positive energy kids are so good at transmitting made me contribute to it and make it grow. It was great to help them with their math homework and to inform them about all of the career possibilities that are out their waiting for them to scoop them up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I lived in the South Bay area during the 1980's and I can assure you that this community has improved immensely and I truly attribute it to all to the services that South Bay Community services have provided to the families in this area. In particular, I would like to mention the Academic Counseling provided to the local middle schools in South Bay. The professionalism I observed on a daily basis was admirable, not only between staff but with employees as well. In addition, the nurturing relationships they have with the students promotes well-being and helps them excel in their studies and increase their self-confidence. Many students informed me that their parents saw a change in them. They seemed more in control of their emotions, therefore, able to communicate more effectively. I truly hope that South Bay Community Services expand their programs to be able to serve all the families in this area that have a need for a helping hand.
thank you SBCS for such a great experience!!
Cynthia

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have experiences as both an employee and volunteer at SBCS. I was a part time youth mentor and tutor at a local middle school through the AEC program. Through this program we mainly offered academic support for struggling students and also some mentoring about important life choices. My volunteer experience was with the WINGS program, a program that focuses on helping female youth meet the conditions of their probation and prevent them from any further involvement with the juvenile crime system. Both my experiences with SBCS were very good and overall rewarding. Their programs are professionally run and effectively designed. The staff at SBCS is professional, friendly and always willing to help.

shelycut

Volunteer

Rating: 4


A few months ago I worked as a Peer Mentor in one of the Middle schools that SBCS supports, so I can attest to the great efforts that SBCS channel to motivate students to excel in their academic endeavors. Academic endeavors that have been limited/frustrated (to say the least) by their own parents' lack of support AND upper-level school officials' lack of long-term academic and administrative strategy.

SBCS exposed Peer Mentors to relevant and specialized training, encouraged weekly meetings to improve daily activities with students, and promoted Peer Mentor brainstorming on how to improve the mentoring experience as a whole.

During my tenure in SBCS, I also realized that SBCS offers a comprehensive array of services (other than student mentoring) to individuals from all walks of life who find themselves in need at any given time. SBCS also have a long-list of other non-profit organizations that also contribute to the well-being of the individuals in need.

In a few words, I'm glad that SBCS exists and continues to assist people that need their help.

-Jaqui

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Vice President of JPB Development, LLC, a real estate development company in southern California. I have been involved, personally and professionally, with South Bay Community Services ("SBCS")for over a decade now. As a developer of master planned communites, we were looking (back in the year 2000) to partner with a non profit agency to build and manage a number of low and moderate income affordable housing units in Chula Vista. After interviewing a number of potential candidates, our choice was very easy. SBCS stood head and shoulders above every other candidate in terms of track record, recommendations, involvement in the community, efficient management of their projects, and commitment to their cause. We moved forward with our partnership and, thanks to the expertise and experience of SBCS, we were approved to build 271 low and moderate homes. SBCS has managed the project with incredible success since its completion. That original project marked only the beginning of my relationship with SBCS. Since that time I have been so impressed with their work in the comunity and the effectiveness of their managment team, that I have volunteered to assist in a number of their enterprises. Our company, too, has contributed significantly to help the SBCS cause. Our committment -- both in terms of time and financial contribution -- to SBCS has grown over the past decade as we have watched the burgeoning success of the organization and the broad reaching impact SBCS has had on the Chula Vista and South County region. Without exception, the people we have met within the organization have been professional, dedicated,hard working, and caring -- critical characteristics for any charitable organization. they make it very easy to WANT to get invovled and to support such a worthy cause. While our support of SBCS has been across the board, our most intimate involvement has been with the Mi Escuelita Therapeutic Preschool. This unique preschool is for young children who have been victims of abuse or domestic violence. They receive quality early learning and specialized therapeutic care. The school provides a critical step in ending the cycle of violence and helping these children get ready for success in school. In short, I cannot say enough positive things about SBCS and the programs it provides. As I am limited by space in this review, I am happy to speak directly to anyone who would like additional information.

Review from Guidestar

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and donor through their various fundraisers, I have been extremely impressed by the programs provided to the many families in South San Diego County. I'm surprised by the previous comment. There are no specifics and all I can assume is that it must be something personal by this person. What I have seen is a dedicated workforce, a dedicated management team and families who are clearly provided with as many services to help them succeed. I receive updates from SBCS that shares how my donation and time has helped families. I truly appreciate that connection and feel I am as connected to these families as the staff who are there hands on. I thank SBCS for their almost 40 years of services! Keep at it...

Review from Guidestar