SAY Fire Update from our Interim CEO

SAY Fire Update from our Interim CEO

SAY Fire Update from our Interim CEO

October 11, 2017

SAY Friends, Supporters, and Partners:

On behalf of the staff and board members of SAY, we thank you for your heartfelt outpouring of love and support, especially for the youth we serve. We are extremely fortunate to live in such a caring community that is concerned for all of their neighbors.

Fire conditions are still evolving, but as of today we are grateful to report that the SAY Finley Dream Center, Tamayo Village, and the Dr. Coffee House Teen Shelter were evacuated and unaffected. Our youth bravely navigated three separate evacuation notices and our vigilant staff stayed with them for consistent care and support. The Dream Center and Tamayo Village will remain closed until further notice due to the close proximity of mandatory evacuation area in Bennett Valley.

Our Youth Crisis Line remains open at (888) 729-0012.

While our buildings are safe, SAY staff, board, and youth in our community housing programs have been directly impacted by the recent fires. Seven of our staff and board members have lost homes completely, and many others still have homes in danger or friends and family members who are suffering.

Several of you have asked how you can support SAY and our youth that have been affected in this difficult time. Donations can be made directly to our website, and community members can continue to check our Facebook page and Wish List on our website for updated donation needs for our youth:

www.saysc.org/donate

www.saysc.org/wishlist

www.facebook.com/saysc

Please note that at this time our One Cold Night event scheduled for November 3 is postponed while we assess the most pressing needs for our youth and community.

We will continue to monitor the situation near our facilities and will update you as soon as we are able to resume services. We are so grateful to the emergency and support personnel that is helping our resilient community right now. We are in it together, Sonoma County.

Elizabeth Goldman
Interim Chief Executive Officer