Our History

JIT Mothers

Four of our JIT Founders. From the left: Kathryn Vaughn, Jeanette Day, Diane Cox, Louarn Sorkin.


Co-Founder, Tony Hsu.

For years, San Diego child advocacy attorney Jeanette Day witnessed a tragic transition that most people didn’t even know existed – foster youth leaving the Juvenile Court system without essential family support. In 2002, she enlisted the help of Diane Cox to create holiday gift baskets for youth who had emancipated from foster care with little or no family to count on. Moved by the spirit and the challenges faced by these courageous youth, Jeanette and Diane then reached out to Louarn Sorkin to lead the effort to recruit and organize volunteers to provide even more support for this underserved population.

By 2003, Just in Time was born as an auxiliary of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation (now known as Promises2Kids). The My First Home and Basic Needs Programs were initiated, as well as efforts to increase awareness, community involvement, and contributions that would benefit transitioning foster youth.

A major turning point for the auxiliary occurred in 2004 when Kathryn Vaughn became Just in Time’s President. Inspired by the courage of these transitioning foster youth, Kathryn established a visionary goal: to create a dynamic, independent, and sustainable organization that would have the capacity to assist hundreds of youth each year. It was at this time that Tony Hsu joined the group as Treasurer, establishing a financial foundation for the organization and working to obtain the 501(c)3 non-profit corporate status, effective July 2006. (JIT nonprofit tax EIN#: 20-5448416)

As it grew, Just in Time retained the commitment and collaborative spirit that defined its earliest beginnings. Volunteers have worked alongside the Board and staff as an extended family to foster youth countywide, staying true to the values of compassion, authentic connection, commitment and community that transform lives and make Just in Time an organization that is truly giving “help from the heart.”

Founding Members  (Major contributors to JIT in the first years as an auxiliary)

Lyn Angene
Phil Baker
John Barnard
Robyn Bottomley
Linda Durham
First American Title Company
Jan Frazer
Bonnie Garrett
Lois Kenneally
Law Offices of Vaughn and Vaughn
Christina Maggiora
Elizabeth Dreicer
Sandy Nash
Barbara Rothweiler
Jessica Rowland
Hannelore Strauss
Tonya Torosian
Ann Tucker
Don Wells