Community Resources

San Marcos Unified School District
Community Resources: SEMS Edition

Disclaimer: San Marcos Unified School District assumes no responsibility for the payment, services rendered, or admission into any service listed below. This is not an exhaustive resource list.

General Resources

San Diego County Office of Education, includes resources and links to helpful websites. 

211, All-purpose resource information line; Explore website or call 211 to connect to a resource specialist about needs. 

Back-to-School Mental Health Resources: Youth | Parents, Family & Friends

Mental Health Resources for Youth

Teen Guide for Mental Health and Wellness


Rock Church, Food & Diaper Distribution, Day of Distribution in San Marcos is on the first and third Thursday of the month from 12pm until supplies last.

Crossing Church: Provision SD Backpack Program, [email protected]

Lisa M. Skinner 760-580-7562, Spanish Speaking Families: Gema Cosio at 760-443-5801  

Food Resources - List of sites by 211 San Diego

Food Distributions - countywide map by Feeding San Diego

Neighborhood Distribution Program by San Diego Food Bank 
Sitios del Programa de Asistencia Alimentaria (Español)

Calfresh Application: apply for monthly food subsidy in the form of an EBT debit card.

Meals on Wheels: nationwide program that provides older Americans nutritious meals, friendly visits, and safety checks at little to no cost.

Health and Wellness

Physical Health:

TrueCare (Medi-cal or Uninsured, Sliding scale low income) 

  • To schedule an appointment, call or text 760-736-6767
  • TrueCare West San Marcos QuickCare – Now Open! Newest location conveniently located right off of CA-78 (near the Las Posas Exit).

Vista Community Health Clinic (Medi-cal or Uninsured, Sliding scale low income) 844-308-5003, (Multiple locations, same number)

Neighborhood Health Care (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income) 760-690-5907 (Escondido), 833-867-4642 (San Marcos)

Rady’s Children’s Hospital (Medi-cal) 858-576-1700 (Multiple locations)

Mental Health: 

For counseling referrals, contact your insurance provider for a list of covered mental health providers, ask your primary care health provider or call The Access and Crisis Line 888-724-7240, available 24/7. 
*** If you feel you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency, contact 911.  For the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline dial 988, available 24/7.

Rady’s Children Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics (Medi-cal Only)
760-294-9270 (Escondido), 858-966-8268 (San Diego)

Palomar Family Counseling (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income)
760-741-2660 (Escondido), 760-630-3505 (Vista), (760) 731-3235 (Fallbrook)

Psychiatric Centers of San Diego - 619-528-4600 (Various San Diego locations)

North County Lifeline (Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income), 760-757-0118 (Vista)

New Alternatives (Medi-cal or Uninsured) 760-798-0299

TURN Behavioral Health Services (formerly known as Mental Health Systems)
(Medi-cal, Sliding scale low income) 858-573-2600

LifeStance Health (formerly PsyCare) - Therapy and Psychiatry - (858) 279-1223

Emergency Evaluations Centers For Children and Adolescents:

Employment and Income Assistance

CA Employment Development Department, Unemployment Insurance and State Disability Insurance (SDI) programs for the State of California

Unemployment Benefits: Information and links to file for benefits in the event of job loss

San Diego Immigration Services (ayuda para inmigrantes)

Interfaith Community Services: Serving the unemployed, Youth, Veterans, Seniors, Homeless, Low-Income, and Families.

Child Care

YMCA Child Care Referrals 1-800-481-2151

San Diego County Centralized Eligibility List 1-800-521-0560 (Help for low income families with paying for childcare; may have wait list)

San Diego for Every Child - Financial Assistance for child care services is available for children 0-12 years old and children 13-21 years old who are currently on an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and parent confirms child care services are needed.


Community Law Project The Community Law Project (CLP) provides free legal information in a variety of practice areas to low income and indigent communities in each of its four clinics spread throughout San Diego County. For an intake, please call 619-780-7498.

El Community Law Project (CLP) proporciona información legal gratuita en una variedad de áreas de práctica para comunidades de bajos ingresos e indigentes en cada una de sus cuatro clínicas ubicadas por todo el condado de San Diego. Para una consulta, llame al 619-780-7498.

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program | 707 Broadway, Suite 1400, San Diego, CA 92101 619-235-5656

Legal Aid of San Diego - for low-income families, 1-877-534-2524

San Diego Rapid Response Network, 619-536-0823, assists with immigration emergency needs (raid, arrest, checkpoint, and/or harassment); ayuda con las necesidades de emergencia de inmigración (redada, arresto, puesto de control y / o acoso)

Housing and Shelter

San Diego County Housing & Community Development Services


Interfaith Community Services: Housing

Community Resource Center
Located in Encinitas. Phone: 760-753-1156. Provides Domestic Violence Services 
(hotline: 877-633-1112), Integrative Services for those experiencing homelessness, Counseling Services and Food & Nutrition Services

One Safe Place:1050 Los Vallecitos Boulevard, San Marcos CA 92069 | (760) 290-3690
Provides free support services all under one roof to help survivors of abuse, trafficking, and victimization.


Internet, possibly free or reduced cost:

Resources for English Learners (Recursos para Aprendices de Inglés) 

Paper: Free Online Tutoring: Paper offers FREE online tutoring services 24/7 for students in grades 4-12. No-cost, unlimited sessions in any academic subject are available.

Virtual Homework Help (Tutoring) - San Diego Public Library (Ayuda virtual para tarea - Tutoría) Help available 6 days a week to serve K-8th grade students.
Ayuda disponible 6 días a la semana para atender a estudiantes de grados K-8.

For more information or resources, please contact Yesenia Diaz, School Social Worker, at [email protected].

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