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A BIG Thank You!

Thank You!  24 hours. 529 great organizations. 36,531 donations. $5.6 million raised.

We are humbled by the generosity of our community. Thank you for breaking records with us, making history, and for making an impact. Wherever your gift ended up, we know it's doing great work. 

With your help, over $21,600 was raised for Wind Youth Services, specifically to help move 12 youth into permanent housing! The funds raised will help furnish 1st apartments, and will help provide ongoing support, case management, employment support, and counseling. 

Your gift is making a meaningful difference in the lives of the youth we serve. 


Wind Youth Services has moved to our new location at 1722 J Street, 3rd Floor. Please visit us here! You will find our new drop-in center, administration and our counseling program! Please note that our 2 emergency shelters are still off-site, and our street outreach team is hitting the streets daily!

New Drop-In Center Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9am to 6pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 2pm

Donation Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9am to 4:30pm

Are you interested in supporting Wind in our new location? Here are some of our most current needs:

- Sleeping bags
- Cup of Noodles
- hand/face towels
- microwave soups
- backpacks
- sandwich items
- tents
- sack lunch items
- men's boxers
- small size laundry detergent

Additionally, there is now the opportunity to prepare a hot meal for our youth! Please contact Sarah at 916.822.5877 for more information!

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

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