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24-Hour Helplines

Domestic Violence: (209) 465-4878
Sexual Assault: (209) 465-4997
Youth/Human Trafficking: (209) 948-1911


The Women’s Center–YFS offers an immediate safe haven, as well as food, clothing, and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and for homeless and runaway youth through its shelter programs. All services are free and confidential.

DAWN (Directions for Abused Women in Need) House, established in 1982, is the agency’s first and largest undisclosed shelter for battered women and their children, located in Stockton. DAWN House has the capacity to house up to 42 women and children at a time, and serves more than 400 individuals each year.

Serenity House, opened in 2015, is an undisclosed emergency shelter for battered women and their children residing in South San Joaquin County. Located in Tracy, Serenity House offers a comprehensive 30-day program with the capacity to serve up to 12 women and their children at any one time. Victims access Serenity House through our 24-hour help line or law enforcement for initial safe entry into shelter.

Safe House opened in 1991 with funding from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau. Safe House offers up to 21 days of shelter and supportive services for runaway, throwaway and homeless youth aged 12-17.

Opportunity House Transitional Living Program was opened in 1996 with funds from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau. Opportunity House provides up to 21 months of shelter and supportive services to prepare runaway, throwaway and homeless youth for independent living. The program serves youth aged 18-21 and emancipated youth from 16-17 years old.

Shelter Services:

  • Food & Clothing
  • Life Skills Training
  • Support Groups
  • Individual & Family Counseling
  • “Just For Kids” Children’s Counseling Program
  • Parenting classes
  • Referral Services
  • Employment Readiness
  • Advocacy
  • Financial Literacy Program
  • After Care Program

WCYFS cares deeply about the health of its community, supporters, clients and team. Due to rising concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and recommendations from government agencies, we have made changes to ensure the safety of everyone.

Effective immediately, the following programs, services and events are limited, postponed or cancelled:


In-Person Services are Limited 

  • Our 24-Hour helplines are available for over the phone crisis services.

24-Hour Helplines 
Domestic Violence | (209) 465-4878 
Sexual Assault | (209) 465-4997 
Youth/Human Trafficking | (209) 948-1911 

  • Client appointments are available by phone.
  • Court accompaniment will be on a case-by-case basis at this time. 
  • We are still available to assist with any urgent temporary restraining order (TRO) needs over the phone during business hours (209) 941-2611.

Locations Open

  • San Joaquin Street Office
  • California Street Office
  • Shelters
  • Youth Drop-In Center

Locations Closed Until Further Notice 

  • Lodi Office

Postponed until further notice

  • WCYFS Annual Luncheon

Cancelled until further notice 

  • Support Groups
  • Parenting Courses 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and support! Please call us at (209) 941-2611 or check back for any new updates.