Sky Ranch Foundation Awards Grant to SAY’s Housing Continuum

Sky Ranch Foundation Awards Grant to SAY’s Housing Continuum

The Sky Ranch Foundation has 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.

Lila, SAY’s short-term shelter housing coordinator, outside the entrance to our housing programs

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.

For the second time,  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 they appreciated most about SAY’s housing programs and wrap-around services.

Max, a young man in one of our long-term housing programs said, “SAY provided an understanding perspective that no one has shown me before. They really understand and if they don’t they do their best to. They don’t just make sure you have housing, they also care about your mental state.”

Andrea, a young woman who started receiving support in our short-term shelter after the 2017 wildfires said, “Talking about the fires really helps me forget about the past and focus and look forward to the future. I feel safe here.”

These types of experiences are possible for young people like Max and Andrea 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.

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