Wind Youth Services Mission Statement
Our mission is to engage youth experiencing homelessness who need safety from the streets and access to resources to help them move from crisis to healthy functioning and independence.
At Giving Through Jewelry, 10% of all sales are donated to a charity of the buyers choice. We realize that there are a lot of charities to choose from so we would like to highlight some of our favorites. February’s featured charity is Wind Youth Services. Check out our FACEBOOK page at the beginning of each month to see how much was donated.
Wind Youth Services is Sacramento County’s only program serving homeless youth. Through our programs and services, Wind Youth Services provides homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with basic safety net and survival services and a safe place to stay. Wind Youth Services operates these critical community programs:
- Street Outreach
- Case Management
- Youth and Family Counseling
- Wind House – Youth Shelter
- Wind Center
Wind Youth Services is Sacramento County’s only program serving homeless youth. Our mission is to provide supportive services and opportunities to youth experiencing homelessness as they pursue self-determined lives of stability and independence.
Through our programs and services, Wind Youth Services provides homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24 with basic safety net and survival services and a safe place to stay. Wind Youth Services operates these critical community programs:
- Street Outreach
- Drop-in Center
- Peer Counseling
- Youth Advocacy (Case Management)
- Emergency Shelter for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- Permanent Supportive Housing Program
If you are under 18 and need emergency shelter, please call 800-339-7177
If you are 18-24 years old and need emergency shelter, please call 916-561-4900
Wind Youth Services has the only homeless street outreach program in Sacramento. This program is designed to reach homeless youth where they are, build trusting relationships, and encourages them to access other resources and Wind’s comprehensive case management program, with an overarching goal of moving them from homelessness to a stable living situation.
Youth Advocates emphasize personal safety and crisis intervention, while working with each youth to develop a case plan. Though our Street Outreach Program, we offer homeless youth:
- Hot Meals
- Clothing Closet & Personal Hygiene packs
- Case Management
- Basic Medical Care
- Referrals & Connections to other resources
To connect with a Street Outreach worker, please call 916-561-4900
The Wind Homeless Youth Drop-In Center is a safe, non-judgmental space for homeless and runaway youth away from the dangers of the street. Through the Drop-In Center, youth have access to our health clinic, which provides basic services, STD and HIV testing and education, and vaccinations. In order to address the underlying causes of each youth’s situation, a full time counselor is on staff at the Drop-In Center, and available to any youth.
Through the Drop-In Center, we provide:
- Access to shelter
- Warm meals
- Peer Support
- California ID’s & Birth Certificates
- laundry services
- clothing closet
- employment assistance
- educational assistance
- case management services
- Creative Workshops
- Therapeutic Groups
Additionally, groups, such as anger management, homelessness, employment, trauma, grief and loss, stress management, and self- esteem are also offered at the Drop-In Center weekly.
To speak with Drop-In Center staff, or to get more information about our Drop-In Center services, please call: 916-561-4900
Case Management & Counseling
Wind Youth Advocates work with each youth individually to develop a case plan with an emphasis on personal safety (shelter, food, crisis management, physical and mental health, etc), life skills development, and education. Case plans are youth centered and goals are defined by each youth.
Through our mental health programs, Wind Youth Services provides free counseling and supportive services to youth who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless. Our trauma-informed approach addresses the underlying causes of homelessness and promotes social and emotional well-being, while working through crisis.
Family counseling is offered to the family and youth together, when available and appropriate, to help overcome any barriers there may be to youth returning home.
Emergency Youth Shelter
Wind Youth Services provides a temporary, low barrier, emergency overnight shelter for youth ages 12-24. Our emergency shelter is the only of its kind in the greater Sacramento area, and provides a safe, non-judgmental, supportive, community environment.
- Hot Meals
- 365 Day a Year
- Case Management
- life skills development
- LGBTQ Friendly
- personal safety
- pet friendly
- physical and mental health
- vital documents
- stable housing
- crisis management
- school enrollment and support
- Organized Group Activities
- Safe & Non-Judgmental
Youth Shelter – for youth ages 12-17 (18 IN high school ok): Intakes and Emergency Shelter Line: 1-800-339-7177
TAY Shelter (for young adults 18-24): For intake information please call the Wind Drop-in Center and ask about the TAY Shelter: 916-561-4900
Ways to Help Wind:
Monthly Giving Program – Wind Youth Services relies on your monetary donations to continue our mission and support the services and programs we provide for our homeless youth. You can start a monthly donation program by clicking on the Donate Now icon or mail your donation to P.O. Box 13856, Sacramento, CA 95853.
Thrift Store – Donate household items and clothing to our Thrift Store. Please call 916-761-9614 for pick-up or take your items to 6150 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA.
Donate through your employee giving program or United Way (3148).
Use a SaveMart S.H.A.R.E.S. card and 3% of your purchase comes to Wind. Call 916-561-2424 to request this free, pre-registered card.
Provide a hot meal at our Shelter or Center. Call 916-561-2424 for more information.
Wind Youth Services depends on the generous donations of our community and partners. As the problem of homelessness for youth grows in our community, so does the need to address the issue. Help us to make a positive change in the lives of the youth we serve.
To donate online please click the Donate icon below. This service is convenient, safe and secure.
Mail your check or money order to:
Wind Youth Services
1434 Howe Avenue, Suite 92
Sacramento, CA 95825
Confidentiality is very important to Wind, both for the youth we serve and for our donors. Wind will never share your information.