Photo credit: SBCS, March 28, 2021
(SAN DIEGO) – Statement from SBCS (formerly South Bay Community Services) CEO Kathie Lembo:
“SBCS and our partners are providing social services to unaccompanied children and youth seeking temporary shelter at the San Diego Convention Center. In addition to social supports, we are coordinating all education, enrichment, family reunification, and religious services for the children, most of whom are girls ages 13-17.
“It is an honor to be trusted with this critical work. At this time, we are actively working alongside other social service agencies, health care providers, and local, state and federal agencies to stand up the safe, healthy, therapeutic, nurturing and enriching environment that all children deserve.
“Our current partners include:
- Casa Familiar
- Logan Heights Community Development Corporation
- New Alternatives
- San Diego County Office of Education
- San Diego Youth Services
- The Children’s Initiative
- The Episcopal Diocese
- University of San Diego
- YMCA of San Diego County
“SBCS is uniquely positioned for this responsibility, as we have been serving vulnerable children and families for more than 50 years in San Diego County through various programs supporting needs through hardships like poverty, domestic violence, and homelessness. We are grateful to our partners for their tireless work and inspirational heart in this herculean task.”
SBCS (formerly South Bay Community Services), transforms communities to support the well-being and prosperity of children, youth, and families. Our programs and services are for everyone at any time in their lives when they need it the most. Together with our generous supporters, we are able to respond to the overwhelming needs of our community, touching the lives of more than 50,000 annually. More at www.sbcssandiego.org.
To get involved, please contact the appropriate department below:
- To give a monetary gift, use our donation page.
- To volunteer, complete an application.
- To donate in-kind gifts, use our in-kind donation page.
In the News
ABC Ch. 10 News, 3/29/21, “Hundreds of Teenage Girls Seeking Asylum Now in San Diego; More Coming”
CBS Ch. 8, 3/29/21, “Another Group of Migrant Children to Arrive at the Convention Center Monday”
KPBS Midday Edition 3/29/21 “Nonprofit Helping Care for Migrant Children in San Diego”