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Wind Youth Services will be moving to our new location the week of January 12th, and will be closed for donations and non-emergency services. The shelters will remain open as usual! We will be moving our administrative offices, our counseling program, and the drop in center to our new location at 1722 J Street! We will be moving and setting up January 12 – 23. The Drop-In center will open to all youth the week of Jan 20th!! Grand opening events will take place in Feb, so stay tuned for details!

Please note we will resume accepting donations beginning February 2nd.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as our staff work hard to transition in the coming weeks! Responses to message, emails and voicemails may be a little slower, so please bear with us all! Thank You!!

If you have an immediate need you may contact the following:

Sarah Mullins, Director of Development – 916-712-9961 or

Erica Fonseca, Director of Programs – 916-214-9845 or

Suzi Dotson, Executive Director – 916-532-5185 or

THANK YOU! Together we raised over $85,000 to support homeless youth!

One hot July night, nearly 500 individuals came together for one cause: homeless youth. In one evening over $85,000 was raised for Wind Youth Services, the area's only organization supporting homeless youth.

Thank you for your part in that success!

We announced that Wind is working on opening the region's only emergency shelter for youth, ages 18-24. Because of your generosity, and the generosity of our community, we are now one step closer!

To play a larger part in the opening of the region's only transition age youth emergency shelter, please contact Sarah at 916.822.5877

View more Summer Soiree snapshots here!

Help Wind brown bag it this summer!

Wind Youth Services is hitting the streets every day to hand out sack lunches and other necessary items all summer long!! We're going to where the youth are! Already this week we've handed out 40 sack lunches, but WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We are looking for donations of sack lunch items like:

sandwich meat & cheese, sandwich bread, fruit - apples, bananas, oranges or fruit cups are best - cliff bars and granola bars, fruit snacks, dried fruit & nuts, treats - cookies, candy, gum, etc - small bags of chips, juice, and lots of bottled water! 

Donations can be dropped off during business hours to 1434 Howe Ave, ste 92 or email for more info!

Looking for other ways to help? Check out our Summer Wish List

Thank You.

Thank you to the Sacramento community for supporting Wind Youth Services in the historic BIG Day of Giving event! In just 24 hours we raised over $7,600 to support our vital community program!

Because of your gift we are able to provide meals every day, showers, a clothing closet, laundry services, hygiene essentials, medical attention, educational support and case management through the Wind Center and emergency shelter and crisis intervention at the Wind House to homeless and at-risk youth in Sacramento.

Thank you for taking a minute to donate. Your gift has a profound impact on the most at-risk youth in our community; the homeless.

Susan Dotson Named Executive Director at WIND

Suzi DotsonSACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014 — Susan Dotson starts today as executive director at WIND Youth Services, bringing with her more than 17 years of experience in leading organizations dedicated to helping children and families.

Most recently, Dotson managed the California Department of Social Services’ Child Welfare Policy and Program Development Bureau in Sacramento. Previously, she worked at the Sacramento Children’s Home since 2006, first serving as a family resource center coordinator at its Valley Hi Family Resource Center and Birth & Beyond Program, and then as program manager at its Sacramento Crisis Nursery.

“Suzi brings a vision and energy that is needed at Wind,” said Chris Russell, board chair at WIND Youth Services. “We were really impressed by her plans to work on collaboration with other organizations within the continuum of care for homeless and foster youth.”

WIND Youth Services is the Sacramento region’s only resource for helping homeless youth escape life on the streets, offering multiple programs that include shelter and counseling. For more information and to learn how to donate and support, visit WIND Youth Services online at

Unemployment, Homelessness, and Debt: the Plight of the Young

HuffingtonPostUK - Adnan Al-Daini

It is not a good time to be young. Our youth are bearing the brunt of the economic depression and its self-defeating solution of austerity and cuts. The future to them looks bleak; unemployment, debt and homelessness in various combinations, or all three beckon. Of course these three scourges (unemployment-debt-homelessness) are linked.

Youth unemployment (16-24 years old) is now 20.7 % in the UK. The average across the EU is 22.4%, with Greece and Spain leading the misery index at 52.8 % and 52.7 % respectively.

A report entitled "Youth unemployment: the crisis we cannot afford" produced by ACEVO (Association of Chief Executive of Voluntary Organisations) puts the human cost thus:

"Unemployment hurts at any age; but for young people, long-term unemployment scars for life. It means lower earnings, more unemployment, [and] more ill health later in life. It means more inequality between rich and poor - because the pain hits the most disadvantaged."

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