Services for Youth During COVID-19 + Ways to Help
In the short time since our last update, our world and community continue to change. Everything that was familiar is now disrupted. It’s a very hard transition to make mentally, emotionally, and even physically as so much of our daily lives is different than even a month ago. We hope you are finding small moments of comfort and relief whenever possible.
Even though our world is rapidly changing, we can still make a positive impact on our community by supporting vulnerable populations like our homeless and disconnected youth. Please see below for an update on our essential services and ways to help, including having your donation matched dollar-for-dollar by SAY’s incredible Board of Directors and Redwood Credit Union!
The young people we serve are vulnerable due to past trauma, compromised immune systems because of extended homelessness, or were simply one paycheck away from a crisis. SAY staff are on the front lines helping youth stay informed, access services and maintain stability during a scary time. Currently, we are helping young people survive and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic with these supports:
Services for homeless youth
Our housing teams are focused on keeping young people stabilized in their housing programs, informed about the current situation, and educated on good handwashing and social distancing practices. SAY crisis team continues to serve our most vulnerable youth – those experiencing homelessness. Youth can access drop-in support (food, housing and shelter info, supplies) at SAY’s Coffee House Teen Shelter 7 days a week from 9am-9pm. Our teen shelter is located at 1243 Ripley St. in Santa Rosa. SAY’s 24/7 Youth Crisis Hotline remains open: 1-888-729-0012.
Access to EDD assistance and jobs
SAY’s Career Services staff is helping young people file for unemployment for lost wages and access benefits like food and medical care during this time. Our school-based team is also working on innovative ways to support local teachers and college and career counselors with virtual content. In addition, we are helping young find new jobs in our community if needed. Youth can call the SAY Career Hub for help: 707-544-3304.
Virtual mental health support
SAY’s mental health clinicians are working to support clients with phone therapy sessions, rather than meeting in-person at the SAY Counseling Clinic. Youth and families with Medi-Cal insurance that need counseling services can call the County’s Access Line: 707-565-6900. We are also collaborating with local schools to determine how we can best provide youth with mental health services during this time and once schools re-open. We know this experience will bring up many past traumas for our students in Sonoma County and SAY’s grief and counseling services will help youth process this event.
Your donation doubled to support youth!
As an essential service provider, donations to support the increased needs of our youth is our greatest need right now. Our incredible Board of Directors and Redwood Credit Union have teamed up to match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000! Click here to donate today.
Choose SAY as your beneficiary on Amazon
Visit Smile.Amazon.com to choose Social Advocates for Youth as your beneficiary organization and then access Amazon via Smile.Amazon.com every time you shop. It’s a small URL change that can have a big impact for SAY!
Support SAY with your community card
Using your eScrip Community Card can support SAY when you shop at Oliver’s Markets, Petaluma Market, and other local grocery stores. Pick up your eScrip Community Card the next time you shop, and designate SAY as your beneficiary. Click here to for a full list of participating outlets in our community!
2020 donations to nonprofits
Last Friday, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), designed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the law, new provisions regarding charitable giving have been enacted, including:
- Ability to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions to charities, regardless of whether the individual itemizes deductions on their 2020 tax returns.
- Donors can now deduct 100 percent of their itemized gifts against their 2020 adjusted gross income.
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