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Who We Help


Crisis House provides humanitarian services to those in crisis, primarily in East San Diego County. The men, women, and children we support struggle to overcome complex and challenging circumstances, including domestic violence, addiction, health conditions, and lack of access to food and housing. Crisis House responds immediately to connect people to services that can help resolve life-endangering situations so they can renew their lives.

Our Impact

For 50 years, Crisis House has provided programs and services for families and individuals experiencing crisis in East County. Last year, Crisis House served over 1,385 people and ended homelessness for more than 600 clients.


Crisis House provides a comprehensive continuum of emergency, transitional and permanent housing to 217 families, including 435 children, fleeing domestic violence in our Journey Programs annually. Our agency offers wrap-around social services, such as information, referrals, case management, counseling, and crisis intervention.


Camp HOPE, our cost-free programming for underserved children struggling with trauma, provides camperships for 74 children and year-round mentorship to 125 children annually.


Crisis House’s East County Housing Connections program ends homelessness for 35 families and individuals within East County each year. The ECHC, of which all services are conducted off-site, employs a housing navigator and mobile outreach team to connect with and meet the immediate needs of 570+ unsheltered homeless people on the street in need of services.


Crisis House staff and volunteers facilitate Project Homeless Connect East County and the annual Point-in-Time Count of Homeless in El Cajon. During the holiday season, Crisis House’s Adopt-A-Family program provides less fortunate households with toys and food during the holiday season.


Despite the challenges of Covid-19, Crisis House has prioritized remaining open as a source of hope for our community. It is our challenge and unwavering commitment to connect families and individuals to crucial resources that empower them to renew their lives.

Did You Know...


Domestic Violence:



  • Domestic violence is the most common cause of homicide in San Diego County.

  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families.

       (Administration for Children & Families)

  • 1 in 4 women (24 %) and 1 in 7 men (14%) aged 18 and older in the U.S. have been

       the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

       (Center for Disease Control)

  • Fifteen million children witness a form of domestic violence every year. (SafeHorizons)

  • 1 in 4 girls experiences child sexual abuse at some point in childhood. (Joyful Heart Foundation)



  • One in every ten people – 10.6% of the population – living in the East County region of San Diego County lived in poverty during 2018. The poverty rate varied across East County cities from 6.6% in Santee to 24.2% in El Cajon. (Center on Policy Initiatives – San Diego)

  • One in seven children (15%) in East County San Diego lived in poverty. Childhood poverty rates were especially elevated in El Cajon, Lakeside and Lemon Grove. (Center on Policy Initiatives – San Diego)

  • The poverty rate for Black residents is double that of their white counterparts. Black residents have the highest poverty rate, with nearly one in five (19.2%) Black residents (6,713) living in households below the FPL. (Center on Policy Initiatives – San Diego)

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