A Welcome Celebration at WillMar Grief & Healing Center
SAY has a long history in Sonoma (we began offering counseling services in 1994!) and we’re excited to have the opportunity to expand our services by taking over the operations at WillMar Family Grief and Healing Center. To mark this new beginning for WillMar, which had previously announced their upcoming closure before SAY agreed to take on the program, we hosted a party on March 19 and invited the Sonoma community to join us in celebration.
Volunteers, parents, children and former clients joined SAY’s counseling and leadership team members, and Tess Woodbury, a former WillMar participant, and current volunteer, spoke about the impact WillMar had on her after losing her mother at age 7. Tess’ moving speech about the healing she was able to accomplish at WillMar was the perfect reminder of why the grief services WillMar offers are so important to preserve.
Over the next months, SAY will continue integrating WillMar’s program, and we look forward to growing the program in the coming years.
In addition to WillMar Center, SAY has been has trained mental health counselors at Sonoma Valley High School, Altimira Middle School, and Adele Harrison Middle School. Services include assessment, referrals, brief interventions, and treatment of students through multiple services, including individual and group therapy.
SAY also offers youth career, education and employment services in the Sonoma Valley. Youth participate in career exploration, job skills training, part time subsidized employment/summer employment, and internships. Last year we worked with 55 Sonoma Valley youth ages 14-24 with significant barriers to employment. Our career education program specifically targets youth who are economically disadvantaged and who may lack the family, educational, and/or social framework to prepare them in making a successful transition to adulthood and further education and employment opportunities.