What We Do
100+ volunteers strong, YHA supports and empowers youth who have been in contact with the foster care system.
The Youth Homes Auxiliary exists to support our parent organization, Youth Homes, through volunteers and fundraising. Our efforts are varied and many, from awarding college scholarships to baking a cake for a child’s birthday we utilize the resources of our volunteers to support youth in the agency’s care.
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The Youth Homes Auxiliary was formed in 1965 as a separate volunteer organization from the newly established Youth Homes nonprofit agency. Our mission: to raise supplementary funds on behalf of the youth in the agency’s care.
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YHA Thrift Shop
The Youth Homes Auxiliary Thrift store has operated in Pleasant Hill for over 20 years! Our profits are used to support the needs of foster youth in the care of our parent organization, Youth Homes.
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Youth Homes Auxiliary has just one level of membership: your interest and dedication. We are a diverse set of volunteers with backgrounds from all walks of life sharing the common goal to make a difference in the lives of Contra Costa County's foster youth.
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Since 1965, Youth Homes has provided services for young people who have experienced multiple traumas, abuse and neglect. Because foster care is complex and expensive Youth Homes is one of the last remaining intensive treatment residential foster care agencies in the East Bay. The sad reality is this: The young people who are referred to us have nowhere else to turn.
We have extraordinary practitioners in essential areas — mental health, behavioral health, residential treatment and care coordination. These resources — along with a gifted, dedicated staff, a hard working board, donors, volunteers and, most importantly, children and families who allow us into their lives — enable us to focus on doing the best work possible with every child in our care.
Since its founding, the Auxiliary has contributed more than $500,000 in funds to directly benefit Youth Homes kids. We hear stories about a Thrift Shop volunteer who helped a young woman find a dress to wear to her first prom or helped a young man apply for an Auxiliary-sponsored college scholarship.
The Auxiliary is one-of-a-kind — and completely irreplaceable, and we're incredibly fortunate to be supported by an incredible group of volunteers.