Dream Center Becomes a Reality
It’s an important day in SAY history! Seven years ago, the Santa Rosa City Council “unanimously and enthusiastically approved” plans to transform the vacant Warrack Hospital campus into the Dream Center. This was a pivotal decision for SAY, and one that highlighted our mission to meet the ongoing needs of Sonoma County youth. At that time, the number of unsheltered young people had grown by a shocking 60%, increasing from 701 youth in 2011 to 1,128 youth in 2013. Our visionary leaders and supportive community knew that creating a central ‘home’ for SAY’s wraparound services would make a major impact. Reflecting on the services we’ve provided since that day, the Dream Center has become an integral part of the support we offer.
After a whirlwind Capital Campaign, in which SAY was able to raise $10 million in just over a year, the SAY Finley Dream Center began housing young people in 2016. Our Annual Report for that fiscal year shows that our housing program alone supported 1,500 youth and families. Across all pillars of programming, SAY supported 7,777 youth and families in 2015-16 and 8,704 in 2016-17.
Milestone moments like the approval of the Dream Center continue to make an impact on the youth we serve. As SAY hits a milestone 50th birthday, we are humbled to be working on behalf of these young people in order to uplift their voices and help them realize their fullest potential.
In celebration of SAY’s 50th Anniversary, we are revisiting the last five decades of our history and sharing stories of our ever-expanding commitment to the youth. If you would like to celebrate our birthday with us, please visit our events page!