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Today is the Big Day of Giving!

Wind Youth Services is joining the Sacramento region in the 2016 Big Day of Giving (BigDOG)! This is an amazing day for the region where over 500 local nonprofits work to raise funds to support their missions in the area.

Please consider making a donation to our organization today, as they will help us continue to offer critical services to the youth in our communities!

A Place For Me


It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and Niki Jones is reminding the youth at Wind Youth Services Drop-In Center that the space where they come to relax, access services and enjoy a hot meal will be  closed for the next two days. Wind is one of only a few Sacramento organizations with the sole mission of working with homeless youth. Its drop-in center opens its doors to young people seeking respite seven days a week, excluding holidays. Jones, a street outreach worker at Wind, hands out gloves, socks, scarves and tarps — essentials that will help get them through the next two days.  Jones says socks are a huge need — a basic item that, without organizations like Wind, Sacramento’s homeless youth would possibly go without. [READ MORE]

Youth Homelessness in Sacramento - a 3 Month Snapshot

There are an estimated 5,000 youth (ages 12-24) in the Sacramento Community that will experience some form of homelessness this year. See how Wind Youth Services is helping provide solutions!



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!

Help Wind brown bag!

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 1722 J Street, 3rd Floor or email for more info!

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

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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