Meet Our Staff

Operation SafeHouse has provided core essential services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth in Riverside County since 1990. Our caring and qualified staff, are available to provide assistance to youth and their families along with our community. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.

Questions regarding a youth in crisis or SafeHouse of the Desert services, please contact

Shawn Johnson
Director of Youth Services

760-343-3211 ext. 103

Questions regarding a youth in crisis or SafeHouse of the Desert services, please contact

Catalina Garcia
Associate Director of Youth Services

760-343-3211 ext. 106

Questions regarding employment, please contact:

Miriam Gomez
Human Resources

951-351-4418 ext. 117

Questions regarding internships for Marriage and Family Trainees or Interns, please contact:

Catherine Behnke
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

951-351-4418 ext. 114

Questions or information regarding SafeHouse in the community or to make a donation, please contact:

Julie Hale
Fund Development Director

951-351-4418 ext. 112

Questions or information regarding tours or presentations in the community, please contact:

Birgit Phillips
Safe Place Coordinator

760-343-3211 ext. 114

Questions or information regarding Street Outreach for homeless youth ages 11-24, please contact: 

AJ Vasquez
Street Outreach Director

951-515-5508

avasquez@operationsafehouse.org

Questions or information regarding Harrison House Transitional Living Program or the Main S.T.A.Y Program, please contact: 

Sandra Dunn
Transitional Living Program/Main S.T.A.Y. Director

951-369-4921

Questions or information regarding our Behavioral Health programs, please contact:

Dr. Nicole Watson
EdDCP

760-285-1740

For all other information regarding SafeHouse of the Desert, please contact us:

sodinfo@operationsafehouse.org or by phone 760-343-3211 ext. 0