covid-19 response

We are here for our JIT Community during this time of extraordinary uncertainty.


As a human services organization, we are committed to continuing to provide essential support to transition age foster youth in San Diego. We are staying on top of the latest COVID-19 developments and directives, using information to guide informed choices, and taking appropriate precautions to respond to the evolving situation and prevent virus spread.

For our participants, this means our essential services will remain available throughout this time of uncertainty, although some workshops and events will be postponed or hosted virtually. We are also accepting emergency requests through Basic Needs, and our regular drop-in hours of 9am to 6pm are still available. Our Youth Services team is sending regular updates to participants, but please feel free to send us an email or call us at 760-505-6647 any time. JIT alumni are also welcome to connect and let us know how they are doing, plus explore possible resources. We will always be your community!  

For our volunteers, this means your roles will shift to virtual ones as we move forward with community solutions. Our Volunteer Services team will continue to send updates about what is needed and how you can continue to support our youth. Please direct any additional questions you may have to or 619-677-2119.

For our investors, this means the youth we serve need your support more than ever! Transition age foster youth are particularly vulnerable to the economic challenges we are all facing. After surveying 400 active participants, we pinpointed the following urgent obstacles that need to be addressed: food insecurity and scarcity of basic essentials; loss of income leading to rent/housing issues; pressures of childcare and school closures; fear of isolation and emotional anxiety. Together, we have the power to help them overcome these challenges! Click here to give now. If you have any questions or suggestions, our Development team can be reached by email or by phone at 619-677-2120.

And for JIT staff, this means we are here for all of you as our entire community adjusts to our new normal, following these ABCs:

  • A – Adapting to the new normal — Examining current routines, adjusting plans accordingly.
  • B – Being Proactive — Planning today for the probable future.  Innovating solutions.  Examining priorities.
  • C – Communicating — To youth participants. To volunteers. To funders. To each other.  With all the uncertainty in the world, becoming a reliable source of clear information.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of us. We will get through this together!

 -Don Wells & The JIT Team


Here are some sources we have found to have credible and clear updates on the current coronavirus pandemic:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

San Diego County Government


Want to help out youth in our community during this time of crisis? Click the button below to contribute directly to our COVID-19 response campaign.

Watch as KUSI interviews our Executive Director, Don Wells, about the impact of COVID-19 on our community and how we are responding.

Hear about how our coronavirus response has helped one participant, Reylene, find a sense of stability during crisis.

Read our latest blog post to learn about how our community is being impacted by COVID-19, straight from participant, staff member, and former foster youth, Caitlin!

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