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MISSION: Getting Homeless Youth Off the Streets

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Since 2001, Doors of Changehas been transforming the lives of homeless youth, one young person at a time. Originally called Photocharity, the 501(c)(3) has raised over $4.7 million. For more than 20 years we have helped place over 2,200 homeless youth in safe housing and off the streets.

In 2013 the agency identified a significant gap in the services and resources available to “transitional–age-youth” (those between the ages of 16 and 25) and decided to re-brand as Doors of Change and deliver a unique service to address this critical need. We work with youth ages 17-25 years old.

Recognizing that trust is often a significant barrier for youth in need of services, Doors of Change selected music and art as a non-threatening way to engage young people living on the streets. By offering music and art instruction in a small group setting, youth are given the opportunity to explore their feelings and challenges through the arts, achieve a sense of mastery for the first time, develop social skills that are positive and constructive, and create a vision for the future that is filled with possibility.

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Feature Editorial in San Diego Union Tribune 2-22-21

San Diego’s homeless youth need help healing from childhood trauma & the pandemic. Here’s how we do it

20 Years of Helping Homeless Youth: A Doors of Change Anniversary Symposium

Now is the time for collaboration in the fight to solve youth homelessness.

Panel Included: Congresswoman Sara Jacobs and County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher along with Doors of Change staff and a former homeless youth at our FREE virtual symposium on youth homelessness.

Was Wednesday, June 9, 6-7 p.m. PST (on Zoom)

RESULTS : Raised $98,615 Net

See Amazing Symposium. One of the BEST in 20 years!

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Success Stories

Doors Of Change gave me an opportunity to change my life and be self-sufficient.

– Thomas –


  • "If you didn’t ask me to sign guitars every year, you would hurt my feelings.  I am honored to be a part of Doors of Change/Photocharity."

    Etta James

    Signed guitars raised $25,000

  • "I saw on TV about the homeless youth issue. Doors of Change gives these youth hope."

    Buddy Guy

    Signed guitars raised $40,200

there’s no better time to change the world than right now!

Doors of Change enjoys a wide range of public and private support, though the majority of its funding comes through the generosity of private donors and an annual fundraiser. The music industry has been especially touched by the cause with artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, (and many others), donating signed memorabilia that has raised $850,000.

If you are motivated to transform the lives of homeless youth in your community, please make a donation here.

During COVID 19: Your donation funds crucial case management services to help homeless youth access vital resources, including safe housing.


Your Donations help Transform the Lives of Homeless Youth


    Headlining Sponsor
  • Bud & Vonda Web Foundation
  • Co-Title Sponsors
  • County Of San Diego
  • Lucky Duck Foundation
  • Episcopal Church
  • Susan & Ivy Rackley Family

  • Presenting Sponsors
  • Alliance Healthcare
  • SDGE
  • Lily Lai Foundation
  • Pala Band of Mission Indians
  • Egoscue
  • Larry & Trisha Liebermench

  • HomeStreet Bank
  • Thygerson Family

  • Supporting Sponsors
  • Lewis Hoxie & Spear
  • Word & Brown
  • Modern Postcard
  • Leucadia Pizzeria
  • Kornfeld & Associates
  • KUSI News
  • Knox Attorney Service
  • The Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary Club
  • Contributing Sponsors
  • Teague Insurance
  • San Diego Self Storage
  • RCP Block & Brick
  • Lolita’s Mexican Food
  • Compass
  • AMR
  • Queen Bee’s
  • Adam Loew & Associates
  • Lorber Greenfield Polito
  • Vitabolus
  • Moderating Sponsors

2021 New Corporate Sponsors/ Foundations

Musical Artist Angels:

Eve Selis, Bill Magee Blues Band, January Berry Band, Michele Lundeen, Chris Delcamino, Christopher Dale, Autumn Knight, Wyatt Lowe, Jamie Shadowlight