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Solving Youth Homelessness Through Empowerment and Self Suficiency
Doors of Change (DOC), also known as Photocharity has helped save over 1800 homeless San Diego Homeless Youth in long term safe housing for more then 14 years. It's award winning "Taking Music & Arts to the Streets" program for homeless youth ages 12-24 creates trust and empowerment. We have seen over 1900 homeless youth for free music & art lessons over the past 30 months. The DOC Housing program for self sufficiency is a 2 year program that will give youth skills to get a job, maintain a job, and have savings. It brings hope and opportunity for homeless youth to get off the streets permanently. It includes training and instruction in life skills and trades, case management, group and individual therapy, home cooked meals, music and art classes with the goal of solving permanently their homelessness.
I started volunteering in January 2016 and what an amazing organization. They have been working to get homeless off the streets and become productive citizens for years. Congressman Peters was so inspired at the grand opening of the first house the charity opened for homeless youth, that he committed to fighting even harder to get funds for San Diego's homeless. I love volunteering for this organization, they are full of passion and caring. The unique music and arts program that they offer to the homeless is one of a kind. To watch the youth find peace while playing an instrument or drawing a picture, it just makes me tear up. The founder, Jeffrey Sitcov is one of the most kind, caring and sincere people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Every Sunday he is out on the streets encouraging the homeless youth to come play some music, create some art, and have a meal. I feel so blessed to have found this charity to give my time to. An organization that is literally saving lives.