50th Anniversary

Our Short-Term Shelter turns five!

  On April 11th, 2016, we welcomed the first youth to stay in our Short-Term shelter, which offers safety and comfort to young people in need of emergency housing. This shelter is the only dedicated ‘transitional aged youth’ (TAY) shelter located between San Francisco and the Oregon border.  But what exactly...

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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...

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SAY History: The Youth Employment Center

You may already know that SAY operates the John Jordan Foundation Career Hub, a welcoming space for all youth seeking employment or work-readiness skills. But did you know that we have been offering Youth Employment Services since the 1980s? In fact, SAY played a major role in expanding the Youth Employment Center. ...

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Spill the Beans: Coffee House

Community members often wonder why our emergency teen shelter came to be called ‘The Coffee House’.  It’s a slightly confusing moniker for a space that provides critical support to teenagers and where, ironically, we are also prohibited (by licensing) from serving any caffeine! The Coffee House is short for the Dr....

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