Housing

Meet Douglas, SAY Youth Alumni

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life other than getting through and surviving.” When Douglas first came to Tamayo Village, SAY’s long-term housing program in Santa Rosa, he had no idea that he would later become an Electronics Technician Second Class in the United States Navy....

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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...

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Meet Lila – SAY Fire Response Hero

On Sunday, October 8th Lila Azbill was celebrating a monthly family BBQ and game night with her two young children, cousins, grandparents, and extended family. Everything was going as planned – the adults were relaxing by the fire pit, while the kids were laughing at a movie playing in the...

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Meet Jada

[embed]https://vimeo.com/[/embed] [vimeo 215745370 w=720 h=405] When Jada’s father was disabled in a car accident, the path of her childhood and her family’s stability was deeply affected. Her parents struggled to keep up with monthly bills, including mortgage payments. “My dad wasn’t able to work,” Jada says. “So we weren’t able to pay for...

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SAY Opens Emergency Winter Shelter for Homeless Youth

During these winter months, when it is extremely cold at night, the safety of our homeless community is a major concern for us at SAY. To help keep our youth safe, from December through March 2017 we are opening an overnight shelter program in downtown Santa Rosa to give emergency...

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What to do when a homeless person asks you for money

Homeless people often tend to be literally overlooked, and the stigma of being homeless is very real. When approached by someone asking for money (panhandling) our first suggestion is always to treat people with compassion. Make eye contact, smile. You can say no to a request for money by simply saying “I...

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David’s path from homelessness to housing

Last winter, David was homeless, sleeping outside in parks around Santa Rosa, and trying to keep warm with temperatures as low as 27º. David graduated from high school with plans to apply for college and major in electrical engineering. Becoming homeless at 18 wasn’t in his plan, but David maintained his positive...

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Adulthood 101 with Louis Hopfer

Five years ago, Louis Hopfer became inspired. He had time available in his schedule and a passion for community involvement. He was a man looking for a project. At this time Louis connected with SAY. Confident that he enjoyed working with young people, Louis hoped to share his skill set...

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Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

Christmas is coming and SAY youth, staff and volunteers are getting into the holiday spirit with activities galore! From a gingerbread house competition at our Tamayo Village housing program, ornament making with our YouthLink Youth Employment Center team, to a lively cookie and Ukulele night we're welcoming the holidays with...

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