Sky Ranch Foundation Awards Grant to SAY’s Housing Continuum
Recently, Sky Ranch Foundation awarded Social Advocates for Youth a $20,000 grant in support of our housing continuum for youth experiencing homelessness or those who are at-risk of losing their housing.
The SAY Housing Continuum provides an innovative and viable solution to solving the critical issue of youth homelessness in Sonoma County. Utilizing the Housing First approach and operating within a framework of Positive Youth Development and Trauma-Informed Care, SAY’s Housing Continuum supports homeless youth with wraparound services designed to empower them on the pathway to becoming healthy, responsible, and independent adults.
The SAY Housing Continuum is comprised of both short-term shelter and long-term affordable housing programs. The continuum increases the quality of life for our youth in the short-term by providing a safe and supportive environment in which they can stabilize and begin the path to self-sufficiency. Long-term, the Continuum reduces repeat incidences of homelessness and empowers stronger communities. This would not be possible without the support and dedication of generous funders like Sky Ranch Foundation.
As a first-time grant recipient, SAY is proud to partner with Sky Ranch Foundation in our mission to end youth homelessness and empower self-sufficiency. We recently asked some of our youth what having stable and safe housing means to them.
Alex, a young man in one of our long-term housing programs said, “Stable housing means I get to have a safe and comforting home. The streets are crazy, and housing allows me to live my life fully without being afraid.”
Kasey, a young woman who has received support in both our short-term shelter and long-term housing programs said, “Stable housing provides a platform for me to focus on my goals. SAY has given me the stability and guidance to work on my mental health. They’ve offered me multiple perspectives, both in short and long term, about my cycles and offered practical options on how to fix them. They helped me navigate county and mental health services to best fit my needs.”
These types of experiences are possible for young people like Alex and Kasey because of funding partners like Sky Ranch Foundation. We are so grateful for their investment in the youth we serve.
Formed in 1961 and building on more than 57 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation is committed to giving at-risk youth a second chance by supporting programs focused on improving the quality of help available to these youth.