Casa Youth Shelter (Los Alamitos, CA)


  • Name:Amy Lakin
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Casa Youth Shelter
  • Address:10911 Reagan Street
    Los Alamitos, CA 90720
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:562.594.6825

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  • Mission:
  • For the last 35 years, Casa Youth Shelter (CYS) has provided emergency temporary shelter and crisis counseling to homeless and abused youth, aged 12-17. Since our founding in 1978, Casa Youth Shelter’s mission has remained constant – to provide a safe place to call home for runaway, throwaway and abandoned youth in crisis, enabling them to come through crises with increased personal strength and a sense of renewal while in a supportive environment.

  • Overview:
  • In order to best serve the needs of youth in crisis, Casa Youth Shelter divides its programming into two related but distinct areas: shelter and prevention.

    Shelter: Many of our clients are in emergency situations and in need of a safe, secure residence. For them, our “Residential Shelter Care Program” includes full shelter care with 12 licensed beds, three meals daily with snacks, hot showers and clean clothes, among other basic needs.
    We also provide residents with individualized, on-site crisis counseling, domestic violence counseling, and customized education services. This includes one-on-one professional therapy sessions, family counseling sessions, and - upon completion of residents' stay at the shelter - aftercare sessions. We also provide group resident sessions covering an array of pertinent topics, as well as customized remedial education and recreation activities designed to incorporate structure into the youth’s daily routine, alleviate stress and build life skills.

    In 2012, 72% of our residents were youth who were at risk of homelessness or becoming runaways as a result of conflict in the home or other crisis. A significant number were victims of child abuse: 32% were physically abused, 13% were sexually abused and 4% were mentally abused. Many more arrive at our shelter depressed and struggling to cope with other crises. Without professional counseling, their issues may escalate to long-term homelessness or worse.

    A majority of Casa Youth Shelter’s residents are also members of historically underserved minority groups. In 2012, 74% of youth who received our shelter care were Hispanic, African-American, Asian, Native American or of mixed race/ethnicity. Nearly half of the youth CYS served were Hispanic. We are proud of the bilingual services and community outreach programs we provide which directly address the needs of our communities’ Hispanic families in crisis. Clients served by Casa Youth Shelter also tend to come from economically disadvantaged families. In 2012, the average family income of a Casa resident was $30,822 with an average family size of 4.6, only just above the Federal poverty level of $23,050 for a smaller size family of 4.

    While the vast majority of youth who receive our shelter care come from Los Angeles and Orange Counties, we welcome all clients regardless of their geographic origin.

    Prevention: Casa Youth Shelter does not turn away any youth who seek our shelter care. However, our high-quality shelter and counseling services are made possible by keeping the shelter census at capacity, not exceeding it. Moreover, we are most effective in helping youth in crisis when we are preventing them from needing our shelter services at all. Therefore, we believe that crisis-prevention is as important as direct shelter services. We meet this need by providing our community with a variety of crisis-prevention programs under the umbrella of “Project C.O.P.E.”. Program activities include a variety classes, speaking engagements and assemblies - including violence intervention and prevention programs - to students and their families in over twenty middle schools and high schools across six different school districts; and weekly parenting classes (in Spanish and English) designed to encourage effective parenting techniques and to strengthen relationships between family members. Additionally, we help develop leadership skills and a sense of volunteerism in local high school students through our Youth Leadership Program.

    All of our outreach activities are designed to inform the public at large about Casa Youth Shelter’s programs and services for at-risk youth and families in crisis in the community. We enjoy longstanding relationships with various civic and community organizations throughout Southern California, many of whom specifically request our input or invite us to speak at public events. As we are always actively seeking opportunities to disseminate crisis-prevention information at public venues, our awareness building efforts include public relations and targeted marketing as well as direct presentations to local groups. The objective is to ensure that the public is aware of our services and that we are on the forefront of families’ minds as a resource long before a crisis develops.

  • History:
  • Casa Youth Shelter was founded in 1978 by the late Myldred E. Jones who, at the age of 69, wanted to provide a safe place for runaways and abandoned youth living on the streets. Myldred had already distinguished herself as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy, retiring from the military in 1959. As a civilian, she worked with then California Governor Ronald Reagan, conducting a study of issues affecting youth and particularly those of youth in crisis. In her official capacity with the state, Myldred created the first statewide hotline for youth in crisis which later became the model for a national hotline.

    Through her extensive work, Myldred saw the great need for a youth shelter in Southern California. In 1977, she sold her home and used the proceeds to purchase two adjacent lots in Los Alamitos. She established the shelter in the three bedroom house on one lot and took up residence in the neighboring cottage. On April 7, 1978, the shelter welcomed its first troubled youth through its doors. At the time, the shelter had a minimal budget with one full-time employee, but with help from caring neighbors and friends, and the support of a zucchini garden which yielded a crop far beyond expectations, the shelter persevered in that first year. Since that first day, over 35 years ago, CYS has never been closed and no child has ever been turned away for lack of funding. We serve both the immediate and surrounding communities as a stable link in the service-provider chain - one of the only 24/7 youth-specific emergency shelters within 100 miles.

    Over the years Casa Youth Shelter has expanded to 6 bedrooms and 12 licensed beds with a recreation room, library and computer lab. In 2008, Myldred’s cottage was transformed into the Myldred E. Jones Recreation Courtyard, in accordance with her final wishes. During the past 35 years, CYS has provided shelter care and counseling to over 11,000 youth and impacted the lives of over 44,000 family members. In that time, we have served more than 1 million meals and snacks and have kept our residents off the streets and out of harm's way for more than 91,000 bed-nights.

  • Year established:1978
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:14
  • Advisory board size:28
  • Staff size:33


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:953218061

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:953218061
  • Organization Name:CASA YOUTH SHELTER
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:10911 REAGAN ST
  • Organization City:LOS ALAMITOS
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90720-2434
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 1982
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):328
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Combat juvenile delinquency
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:L41Z
  • Asset Amount:$2,225,628
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,849,042
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,166,918
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:17:25 pm

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