North County Services

In 2019, Just in Time officially launched our North County Drop-In Center in Vista. By teaming up with North County Lifeline , we opened “The House,” which brings our life-changing services to youth in North County San Diego who may not be able to easily access our central office in Mission Valley. By combining resources, JIT and LifeSpring at North County Lifeline utilize the space for current participants/clients as well as homeless and other at-risk transition-age youth.

How Does It Work?

Guide to Greatness is an ongoing service offered to North County youth that encompasses the benefits and knowledge of several of JIT’s main services, including Financial Fitness, Career Horizons, and Bridges to Success.

Through workshops, events, and other activities, youth who engage in G2G will build their financial literacy and financial security; embrace healthy practices, self-care, self-worth, and their unique personal stories; cultivate and leverage supportive relationships; and strengthen their capacity for personal, academic, and professional development.


To join Guide to Greatness, you must:

  • Be a transition age foster youth (18-26) residing in San Diego County
  • Be working, going to school, or both (or have concrete plans of doing so)

How Do I Join?

G2G is a rolling service, and participants are welcome to join at any time. Please call our North County office at 619-218-8566 or email our Youth Service team if you are interested!


Basic Needs assists foster youth with the simple but critical emergencies they inevitably experience – a flat tire, an unexpected dental procedure, or even food so they don’t go hungry. Emergencies like these often make the difference between long-term success and falling into a perilous downward spiral. Basic Needs takes youth out of survival mode, making sure they don’thave to choose between food or medical care and going to school or work by providing essential resources and opportunities for relationships with caring adults.

How Does It Work?

Basic Needs provides resources and emergency financial assistance so that youth can focus their energy on moving forward. Some examples of Basic Needs assists include: rent/utilities assistance, auto repair/insurance/registration help, bus/trolley passes, food cards, medical/dental assistance, professional clothing, and help with bills.

We also connect youth with resources, mentors, and workshops that will help them get back on their feet, avoid debilitating stress and unhealthy habits, and encourage self-confidence and self-sufficiency.


To qualify for Basic Needs, you must be:

  • A current or former foster youth
  • Between ages 18-26
  • Currently living in San Diego County
  • Working and/or attending school (or have concrete plans to do so)

How Do I Join?

You can apply directly by clicking here. Please be sure to call us for urgent requests or if you need help applying: 760-505-6647. We also accept referrals from trusted sources such as San Diego County Child Welfare Services, independent living skills providers, programs specializing in housing, and other organizations and agencies serving current and former foster youth.

Youth Services staff will contact applicants within 72 hours of receiving a request, and will personally meet applicants, identify and assess needs, and assist with purchasing the essentials to resolve the immediate financial emergency. Other staff and volunteers also provide one-on-one advice to participants by sitting down and outlining a budget and financial plan. Applicants are required to return a receipt within 15 days of receiving a resource. Click here to apply.