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For immediate release: May 1, 2018
Contact: Bobbie Jo Kelso
(619) 221-8600 x1277 (office) / (619) 507-2077 (cell)

IRONMAN Effort to Raise $10,000 for Foster Care


San Diego Youth Services’ own IRONMAN, Associate Executive Director Steven Jella, will participate in the IRONMAN Santa Rosa on May 12 as part of a month-long effort in May to raise $10,000 and awareness for National Foster Care Month.


Every child deserves a parent. More than 1,300 children are in foster care in San Diego County because of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Heartbreakingly, nearly 20 percent of youth in foster care have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a higher rate than combat veterans.

San Diego Youth Services was the first Foster Family Agency (FFA) in San Diego County. The non-profit organization’s foster families have provided safe, structured and caring home environments for abused and neglected children since 1976.


May 12, 2018 (During National Foster Care Month & Mother’s Day weekend)


Santa Rosa, CA where Steven Jella grew up. The course includes:

  • 4-mile (3.86 km) swim in Lake Sonoma nestled in the beautiful coastal foothills of Sonoma County.
  • 112-mile (180.25 km) bike ride through the beautiful Sonoma County wine country.
  • 22-mile (42.20 km) run linking up with the Santa Rosa Creek trail.


Everyone can help. Donate today at

Learn more about National Foster Care Month and how to become a foster parent with San Diego Youth Services at

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About San Diego Youth Services: 
San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) is a non-profit organization that has helped to improve the lives of more than 797,000 homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth and their families. Founded in 1970, SDYS now provides services to more than 17,000 children and their families each year. /