October 12 Fire Update from SAY’s Interim CEO
October 12, 2017
SAY Friends, Supporters, and Partners:
We are so grateful to report that the SAY Finley Dream Center, Tamayo Village, and Coffee House Teen Shelter continue to be undamaged from the fire. The Dream Center and Tamayo Village remain closed for services and evacuated until further notice.
Even though our buildings are closed, our amazing staff continues to work diligently to support our youth. Currently, SAY has three mental health clinicians supporting our community. They are located at Elsie Allen High School and Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds providing mental health support to those in need during this traumatic time.
Our dedicated housing staff is supporting SAY youth who were evacuated to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds from the Dream Center and Tamayo Village. Staff is working in two shifts to ensure that each youth has the support and care they need while being temporarily displaced.
It is vital that SAY continues our work to support the approximately 532 youth who were homeless prior to the fires. Our Street Outreach Team continues to operate regular activities including answering our crisis line, connecting with youth on social media, and providing intake services to the extent possible.
Our Youth Crisis Line remains open at (888) 729-0012.
Many continue to ask how you can support SAY and our youth that have been affected in this difficult time. We are extremely grateful.
Currently, our most critical need is N95 masks for youth and staff (approximately 150), and gift cards for food, new clothing, and hygiene supplies. Gift cards to Target, Big 5, and Safeway are the most helpful for our youth right now. Please note we are unable to accept food or used clothing donations at this time.
Requested items can be dropped off at Coffee House Teen Shelter (1243 Ripley St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401) from 9am-12pm daily until Monday 10/16.
In addition, donations can be made directly to our website, and community members can continue to check our Facebook page for updated donation needs for our youth:
We will continue to monitor the situation near our facilities and will update you as soon as we are able to fully resume services.
Elizabeth Goldman, Chief Program Officer/Interim Chief Executive Officer