Who We Are

Doors of Change helps the homeless youth of San Diego County get immediate access to basic living supplies, general and mental healthcare, and safe housing.


Since 2001, Doors of Change has been transforming the lives of homeless youth. Established as a 501(c)(3) under the name “Photocharity,” we have raised over $8 million since our inception. We have served over 23,000 young people and helped over 2,900 homeless youth get off the streets. Our mission is to act as advocates to support homeless youth ages 17-24 and provide access to the resources they need to improve their quality of life. We aim to get them off the streets into safe housing and help them attain self-sufficiency.

Nearly one-third of all homeless adults are reported to have begun their life of homelessness as a youth. Intervention and getting youth off the streets are paramount in breaking the long-term cycle of homelessness. In 2013 we identified a significant gap in the services and resources available to homeless Transitional Age Youth (TAY), ages 17-24, and re-dedicated our organization to serve this underserved population.

Before the pandemic, our award-winning music and art program successfully built these relationships. Suspending that face-to-face program led us to develop a broader approach to connecting with homeless youth. Now we reach out to our clients where they live, on the streets, and meet with them by phone. We help them via our new Homeless Youth Advocacy Program (HYAP). Our approach saves lives by focusing on each individual and building relationships in the responsive, open-minded, and personal way each young person needs.


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Since 2001, Doors of Change™ has 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 18 years we have helped place over 2,000 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.





Jeffrey, a physical therapist for 18 years, suffered a career-ending injury in 1998. After much soul-searching and praying he committed to dedicating his life to helping disadvantaged and homeless youth. After interviewing over 100 nonprofit organizations he went on outreach to find homeless youth and, that evening, his life was changed.

In 2001 he formed Photocharity. Also an award-winning photographer, Jeffrey met and photographed music industry greats while working at the SDSU Open Air Amphitheater.

These music legends were moved by Jeffrey’s vision to help homeless youth and, through their donations of signed music memorabilia, provided significant funding to help the organization get off the ground. Billy Joel, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, and many others have helped raise over $850,000.

As President of Doors of Change, Jeffrey leads a group of committed, caring people to help homeless youth. He considers himself only the “quarterback” of this amazing team.

Jeffrey has received awards locally and nationally, including the Channel 10 Leadership Award, Torrey Pines Bank Circle of Excellence Award, La Mesa Rotary “Peacemaker of the Year Award,” and the Jewish Family Services Volunteer of the Year Award. He was also a national semifinalist for the Volvo for Life Award.




With dual master’s degrees in sports psychology and education, combined with three decades of professional coaching experience, Coach Reed Maltbie has established himself as a global authority on cultivating and achieving peak performance, high-performance communication, mental skills training, and leadership development. 

As a trusted expert, he is a sought-after educator and advisor, having worked with organizations like State Farm Insurance, Civil Air Patrol, Entrepreneur’s Organization, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, PGA Canada, Gaelic Games Association, Sport New Zealand, and US Sailing. 

Beyond his captivating virtual and in-person keynotes and workshops, Coach Reed is a prolific writer and his invaluable insight has been featured on prominent media outlets such as CNN, ESPN, ESPN Radio, Huffington Post, NBC SportsEngine, and SiriusXM Radio.

Coach Reed’s compelling 2015 TEDx talk, “Echoes Beyond the Game,” remains essential viewing for leaders who want to build transformational relationships with their teams. His unwavering dedication to developing leaders who transform lives remains a driving force in his work.

In 2023, Coach Reed released his highly anticipated debut solo book, “The Spartan Mindset: Mastering the Language of Excellence.” This international bestseller (in 5 countries!), delves into the profound impact of language on performance. It is an essential read for individuals and teams striving to become more effective and supportive communicators within high-pressure, competitive environments.

Today, Coach Reed primarily focuses on helping high performers leverage the skills they forged in sports to achieve performance excellence beyond the game through his full-time work as a nonprofit executive and a peak performance consultant.

You can find him at CoachReed.com and his book can be found at your favorite booksellers.



Steve has been on the board of Doors of Change for over 14 years. He has four decades of experience in real estate development including developing, constructing, and managing desperately needed affordable housing for low-income people and families. Steve has participated in many other programs and charitable ventures including being Chairman of the UCSD Architectural and Construction Department, volunteering and contributing to rehabilitate family housing shelters, assisting another non-profit teen homeless shelter organization to develop a facility, volunteering and donating funding to Providence Place (a program that helps women who have been incarcerated get back on their feet and stay out of trouble), and has run the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign for the Coyote Nation.




Owner and Co-Founder of Leucadia Pizzeria and Italian Restaurants, Linda has been a resident and pillar of the North County community for nearly 40 years. Her dedication to her 100+ employees and to make a difference in the lives of her family, friends, and community is evidenced by her 18 years as an Angel to Doors of Change. Born and raised in New Jersey, she graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, MA. She lives in Solana Beach. Linda was also selected as one of the 2024 Nonprofit Board Leaders of Influence by The San Diego Business Journal!



Gabriel is a native of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. At 16 he moved to San Diego to finish high school and attend college at San Diego State University. Gabriel now has over 17 years of banking and finance experience and is currently a Vice President of Homestreet Bank. During his 20 years in San Diego Gabriel has seen the impact that homelessness has within our community and after meeting Jeffrey at a chamber event, Gabriel realized he wants to be part of the solution by volunteering with Doors of Change. Gabriel is married and has a young son.




Over the past two decades, Andrew has been assisting numerous nonprofits that focus on helping homeless youth, at-risk youth, and individuals and families that have experienced crisis and/or sudden loss. He has helped develop programs to give homeless children valuable life skills in the form of music, art, athletics, and entrepreneurship.

Professionally, he is an entrepreneur and marketer who helped launch and grow Neil Patel Digital into one of the world’s most sought after marketing agencies and industry software providers. Andrew is now leading Aggregate.ai as the emerging leader in Ai and big data activation and analysis. Andrew with his wife and children, enjoy time with their horses, surfing, and many other outdoor activities.




Laura is an attorney that is licensed to practice in Mexico and licensed to practice in New York with over 30 years of experience.  Laura is currently a member of the Corporate and Labor and Employment Practice Groups in the firm’s San Diego (Downtown) and New York offices. 
Laura’s legal practice focuses on cross-border transactions involving Mexico and other countries of Latin America.  Her main areas cover investments in Mexico, mergers and acquisition and international business. Laura also handles international mediation cases involving cross-border issues or Spanish-speaking parties.  Laura acts as a mediator and arbitrator for disputes and controversies between US corporations and Mexican/Latin American corporations and individuals. 
Laura is involved in Casa Cornelia assisting in asylum matters and visas.  Also, from 2002 through 2011 she participated and worked on the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, for two of those years as a member of the Del Mar Unit and for the seven other years she founded, chaired and participated in the Milagros Unit of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary.  Laura is currently serving a two year term (2022 – 2024) as President of the US Mexico Chamber of Commerce – West Coast (LA) Chapter. 
Laura grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to San Diego in 1997. Laura is fluent in Spanish and English, and conversant in French and Italian.
Laura has two sons in their twenties that helps her realize the importance of providing love, guidance and care to young persons and specially appreciates the importance of working with homeless youth as they have found themselves in the despair or problems that took them to become homeless in San Diego. 
Laura is very proud and enthusiastic about being a member of the Board of Directors of Doors of Change and working with this organization knowing how it  helps homeless youth change their lives and become independent self-supporting individuals.



John was born in Boston and educated at Brown University. He is a retired executive VP of ABC Supply Co., a $10 billion exterior building products distribution company. In his 30 years with the company John was entirely responsible for P&L and was the line authority for the West Region (one of five regions designated in the company). John now spends his time giving back, traveling, growing his tequila business, and consulting in the distribution industry.



LaCretia started working at age 16 with at-risk youth under EDD’s Youth Employment Opportunity Program, where she helped youth with interviewing skills and job searching. During her career in the insurance industry she has worked at Prudential, Unum, and Principal Financial Group. She joined Teague Financial Services in 2008. LaCretia continues to serve her community by volunteering weekly at her church’s Super Food Pantry. Raising her four children taught LaCretia the importance of developing the next generation to be compassionate and caring to ALL. LaCretia is proud to be part of Doors of Change, where she can help serve homeless youth in whatever capacity.



Kim has been in the Wellness business for over 25 years, most of that time with Egoscue, Inc., serving in various positions including Director of Clinic Relations and Vice President of Finance. Kim has been supporting Doors of Change for many years. She strongly believes in volunteering and giving back to the community. Kim has two sons and lives in Carlsbad with her husband. She enjoys traveling, swimming, hiking, and spending time with her family.



Julie has more than 35 years of human resources experience and has spent the last 30 years in law firm management. As Administrator and Chief Operating Officer she oversees the day-to-day operations of her firm’s eight office locations throughout the Western United States. She has established firm policy and procedures, handles recruitment, employment, and employee relations, and has designed and implemented the firm’s health and welfare plans. Julie is also responsible for strategic planning, marketing, and client development. A favorite part of her job is involving staff in various community volunteer programs. She is a strong advocate to give voice to the voiceless and to empower those without power, and she can be spotted at various community events as a volunteer including Produce for Good, The Salvation Army, Coastal Roots Farm, Habitat for Humanity, Father Joe’s, Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, and many local food banks. She is an advocate for homeless youth in San Diego and is committed to helping Doors of Change continue as a beacon of hope for underserved youth.




Phil Baker has developed products for many of the world’s iconic consumer hardware companies. He’s a former technology columnist for a San Diego newspaper and the author of two books, “From Concept to Consumer” and “To Feel the Music,’ co-written with Neil Young. He currently works for Young developing his archival website. Phil has a B.S., M.S., and MBA, holds several dozen patents, and was Entrepreneur of the Year for San Diego. He lives with his wife in Solana Beach.



Garett is a Commercial Insurance Broker who is a 20-year resident of San Diego County and specializes in providing Insurance and Risk Management to businesses in San Diego County. As a trusted advisor to hundreds of San Diego businesses he has a passion to help them manage their risk and helps them navigate the insurance marketplace. He and his wife have two children. He loves to surf and spend time with his family.




Adam’s passion for helping people as a luxury real estate expert in San Diego is unmeasurable and unparalleled. As a long-time executive for a large, international fitness chain, from New York to San Diego and Stockholm to Oslo, he has been responsible for thousands of lives being changed across the world. Throughout his career, he has always been involved in real estate as an active investor and conduit for others. As a luxury agent, he has helped numerous San Diego homeowners, negotiated many short sales and modifications, and professionally advised clients on all of their real estate needs.


Community Involvement

Adam also actively serves his local community on the Honor Council at Ecke-Magdalena YMCA, and as a member of the Fitness Committee at the Lawrence Family Campus JCC. Whether you are selling your luxury home, a first time home buyer, or an investor looking for a great opportunity, Adam will dedicate himself to your situation and engage his experience and expertise to ensure the best outcome.




Viviana is an associate professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching at the University of San Diego. Her areas of expertise and scholarship focus are on the effectiveness of in-service bilingual teacher education, theory and methodology for teaching English as a second language, internationalization of the curriculum, community engagement, and Changemaking. Viviana has been involved in community service learning and engagement for over 20 years, mentoring faculty and guiding students in service. She also served on the board of directors for Bayside Community Center and has delivered a variety of workshops to families in Linda Vista. She is the co-founder of the Open University initiative which provided community members with free access to university courses and is a Global Change leader for Ashoka U.




From a successful 33-year Wall Street career to helping over 700 homeless youth get off the streets into safe housing, Joanne has been a lifesaver for many youth. She began her time with Doors of Change by volunteering for the music and art program, helping with outreach, and working with youth to achieve their goals. After witnessing her talent, commitment and passion, DOC invited her to become the Program Director. Joanne leads our Homeless Youth Advocacy Outreach program and works closely with our case managers on how best to support and mentor our youth. Under Joanne’s leadership, we have doubled the number of homeless youth placed in safe housing. For her dedication and leadership, Joanne was chosen by the San Diego Magazine in 2022 as Woman of The Year in their Public Servant category from more than 250 nominations.




Melissa has a BA in Anthropology from the University of California San Diego, and a MA from the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Leadership & Management. As a member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), Melissa’s passion lies in helping and educating others and believes that by helping people reach their goal, one will in turn reach his/her own goal. In her free time. Prior to coming to Doors of Changing, Melissa worked at an international nonprofit in education and economic empowerment. In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling, reading, and volunteering at other local nonprofits.




Nicole graduated in 2014 with a BS in Criminal Justice, a minor in psychology and is currently working on her Masters in Child, Youth and Family Services. She has been in the social services field for over 5 years. Nicole is devoted to her work and her clients and knows that each client must be approached differently. She is trained in a range of modalities including trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, cultural competency and mental health services. 

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Turquoise served in the Navy for 10 years and was bestowed the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Pistol Sharpshooter Ribbon.

Prior to joining Doors of Change as a Case manager Turquoise was the site coordinator for Crowne Plaza, an Outreach Coordinator for the Veterans Village, and an Unhoused Care Team Coordinator at Downtown San Diego Partnership. For their leadership and dedication to the unhoused community, Turquoise received the Staff of the Year award given by the Regional Task Force on Homelessness. Turquoise is a model and spokesperson for Dapper Boi, an LGBTQ fashion brand that makes gender affirming clothes affordable and accessible. They also volunteer with the Regional Task Force on Homelessness for the Point in Time Count.

Angel Godinez

Case Manager


Angel Godinez is an impassioned advocate for social justice and community empowerment. With a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from San Diego State University under her belt, Angel embarked on a journey to effect positive change in society. Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino, Angel is dedicated to honing her skills to address systemic issues and implement policies for the betterment of our community.

Since 2020, Angel has been deeply involved in homeless services, starting as a Residential Coordinator and steadily advancing to become a Case Manager. Through her unwavering commitment, she has successfully housed numerous clients and facilitated their access to vital supportive services, providing them with a pathway to stability and self-sufficiency.

Angel’s expertise extends beyond their academic pursuits, as she holds certifications in Trauma-Informed Care and Section 8 vouchers. These qualifications underscore her dedication to providing compassionate and effective support to individuals facing homelessness and trauma.

With his comprehensive education, hands-on experience, and fervent dedication to social welfare, Angel Godinez stands as a beacon of hope and a catalyst for positive change in our community.




Carina has been with Doors of Change for over 4 years, and is our Executive Assistant. She has worked in the non and for profit world for over 20 years and enjoys working with people who are making a difference in the world. She is a San Diego native who enjoys spending time outdoors with her 4 children and friends.

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