Social Advocates For Youth

SAY celebrates Juneteenth!

  For many of the staff and youth here at SAY, recognizing Juneteenth as an annual holiday is an important step forward towards creating a more inclusive environment. The decision to add this celebration to our list of scheduled holidays was made in the Fall of 2020 as part of our...

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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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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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A Calming Place to Learn

Even though spring is far behind us, many families still cringe at the memory of frantically trying to find the right password for that class Zoom meeting (the one that started ten minutes ago!). Many care providers struggled with keeping track of a weekly calendar filled with online assignments and...

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Final Grant from the Finley Foundation

    Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) is humbled to announce it is a beneficiary of generous support from the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation in its final year of granting new gifts to Sonoma County nonprofits. SAY CEO Anita Maldonado gratefully accepted the grant from Norma Person, the foundation's president,...

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Youth Voices – Stories from SAY

Last month we worked on a special video featuring some of the youth that live at SAY. We planned to show it at our annual spring fundraiser, but like many organizations we had to cancel the event. This video shows a brief but mighty glimpse of our courageous youth and...

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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...

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SAY’s COVID-19 Update

SAY Friends, Supporters, and Partners: Each day we are waking up to new updates regarding COVID-19 and an ever growing list of changes we must make in our daily lives to slow the spread of the virus. This can bring up a lot of fear, anxiety, and even grief as plans...

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