Homeless Youth, Hopeful Growth

Abrea and David in the podcast studio.

Abrea and David in the podcast studio.

On this episode of 'Homeless in San Diego: Real People, Real Stories,' host Greg Anglea, CEO of Interfaith Community Services, welcomes Abrea Ponce and podcast alumnus David Baker. David and Abrea have dedicated their lives to helping homeless youth out of the difficulties they experienced first hand.

Having come from a variety of hardships, from being kicked out of her home at a young age, to entering the prison system right after, Abrea is now a Project Specialist at the Regional Task Force on the Homeless in San Diego. These experiences have redefined her perspective on many things and ultimately gave her new sense of purpose in helping homeless youth. It’s people like Abrea and David who show us that growth is truly possible and that the work being done to prevent these issues is in good hands.

Calls to Action:

  • Youth Listen up! – We need your voice to help with this movement. It is vital to ending youth homelessness that we solve these problems together.

  • Attend a Youth Advisory Board meeting

    Where: San Diego Youth Services in Point Loma - 3255 Wing St, San Diego, CA 92110.

    Date/Time: Every Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Come as you are; all are welcome. Stipends provided.

  • Contact David or Abrea directly if you need help

    David: (760) 519-4750.

    Abrea:  (619) 602-2006.

  • Provider Application – The Regional Task Force on Homeless has a Request for Proposal (RFP) out. Submit your proposal before June 30, to apply for funding for the following projects: Host Homes for Rapid Rehousing, Holistic Diversion/Prevention Services, Housing Navigators, and Youth Advisory Board.

  • Learn more about the Coordinated Community Plan.

  • Providers, learn more about the HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program.

  • Visit YMCA Youth and Family Services website and YMCA volunteer website for information on homeless youth prevention.