A long-standing Contra Costa volunteer organization meeting the needs of foster youth since 1965.
In 1964, conditions at the Contra Costa County Juvenile Hall and the Children’s Shelter were alarming. Most of the children were not delinquent; many had run away from intolerable home situations and were in need of loving care.
A group of concerned Contra Costa County citizens formed a committee to study state and county regulations and problems related to the treatment of homeless youth. The committee concluded that there was a pressing need to solve the housing problems of troubled youth while providing a sound program to support youth to become independent, healthy, and responsible young adults.
After 18-months spent fundraising necessary start-up costs, the committee formed Youth Homes and incorporated it in 1965 as a tax-exempt, non-profit agency.
The Youth Homes Auxiliary was established at the same to work closely with the agency planning activities for the youth, and raising supplemental funds for youth in the agency’s care.
The Auxiliary augments County and State funding and provides personalized attention to the agency’s young people by sponsoring events and running a thrift shop.
The governing body of the auxiliary is an Agency Board. The council receives and acts upon requests from the Youth Homes Agency staff and residents to assist with meeting basic needs that would otherwise be subject to lengthy delays in public funding or not met at all. As the Agency has expanded its services to youth outside of just residential services (ex. Transition Age Youth), the Auxiliary is working to aid these young people as well who are making their way in the world with limited resources."
The dedication of volunteers who donate their time and energy, whether working diligently at the Thrift Shop or on various fundraisers, provides the funds to support those areas of need either designated by the Agency or through the input of our Agency Liaison Chair.