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Our Safe Place

A welcoming community center for youth up to age 21 and their families.

One of San Diego’s most vulnerable populations, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, often suffer because of non-supportive or even hostile environments in their homes, schools, and communities. Located at SBCS Trolley Trestle Youth Hub, Our Safe Place (OSP) provides a wide variety of services for youth and their families, including support for alcohol and drug abuse, coming out, depression, family relationships, gender identity, sexual health, safe dating and transitioning.

Our Safe Place is a collaborative program with San Diego Youth Services and the YMCA of San Diego County. Each partner provides a drop-in center and San Diego Youth Services also provides a mental health clinic. The program is funded by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

 

Hours

  • Mon - Fri: 12 to 8 p.m.
  • Sat - Sun: 2 to 10 p.m.

Address

  • SBCS Trolley Trestle Youth Hub
  • 746 Ada Street
  • Chula Vista, CA 91910

Contact

  • Ali Shapiro, Youth Support Partner
  • 619-643-5418
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  • Leo O’Driscoll, Youth Support Partner
  • 619-643-5241
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Program Services

Assessments Support Groups – Youth and Caregiver Mentoring
Referrals Service Coordination Educational/Vocational training
Social Activities Advocacy Outreach and Engagement Activities in South County

 

Regional OSP Centers 

SDYS Central Drop-in Center
2220 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92102
Open 7 days a week

Our Safe Place Mental Health Clinic
3427 4th Avenue, Second Floor
San Diego, CA 94103
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
 
YMCA North Inland Drop-in Center
1050 N. Broadway
Escondido, CA 92026
YMCA North County Drop-in Center
215 Barnes Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
 
     

 

Additional Resources for South County

The Center:

South Bay

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  • Every Tuesday from 4 - 7 p.m. 
  • 970 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911

The Center:

Groups for parents of LGBTQ youth

  • Once a month / held in Spanish
  • Contact - Gilberto Mercado, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PFLAG 

  • Offers support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ person, their families, friends, and allies.
  • Meetings every third Monday from 6 - 8 p.m. at 746 Ada St, Chula Vista
  • Contact Patti Boman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHIP

  • increases the health of young gay men through social activities, education, and testing.
  • contact- 1(888)581-2447

The Trevor Project

  • A national 24-hour,  toll-free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
  • http://www.thetrevorproject.org/   
  • 866-4-U-Trevor (866-488-7386)

GSA Network

  • Gay, Straight Alliance Network: Youth-led organization to provide networking and support for GSAs
  • www.gsanetwork.org

GLSEN 

  • Gay, Lesbian, Straight Educators Network National organization for advocacy and information to promote safer schools.
  • www.glsen.org

Family Acceptance Project: (FAP)

  • initiative to study the impact of family acceptance and rejection on the health, mental health, and well-being of (LGBT) youth
  • www.Familyproject.sfsu.edu  
City of Chula Vista: LGBTQ Community Resources