Wish List

We are grateful to have so many caring community members who wish to donate items for the youth we serve. Currently, our greatest need is monetary donations and home cooked meals for youth staying in our shelter at the SAY Dream Center. If you like to cook and have a little extra to spare, please visit MealTrain.com to learn more about how you can provide a meal made with love for hungry youth. This is also a great opportunity for service clubs to volunteer as a group!

Current In-Kind Needs

In-kind items listed below can be dropped off Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30am-1:30pm at the SAY Dream Center.  If you are unable to drop off your donations during these times, please email donate@saysc.org or call 707-544-3299 x269 and a team member will get back to you within two business days.

Street Outreach Kits

SAY’s Street Outreach Team helps youth ages 12-24 who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness by addressing their most immediate needs. You can help by donating a Street Outreach Kit that our team will use to help connect with youth who need our services. Click the photo for a full-size print out that includes a list of supplies for kits. We also accept bulk full-size hygiene supplies such as shampoo, deodorant, and tooth paste.

Career Ready Backpacks

Last year, 225 youth ages 16-24 became career ready through SAY’s life and career readiness programs. You can help prepare more youth for educational and career success by donating a backpack filled with essential supplies. Click the photo for a full-size print out that includes a list of supplies for backpacks.

First Welcome Home Baskets

Last year, 139 youth found a safe place to live in an SAY housing program. Much like when your kid goes off to college or moves into their first apartment, when a youth arrives at SAY we like to welcome them with a basket filled with essential supplies for cleaning, cooking, and living happily! You can help a youth feel at home by donating a First Home Welcome Basket. Click the photo for a full-size print out that includes a list of supplies for baskets.


One of our greatest areas of need is supplying youth with school and career ready clothing. It costs approximately $500 per youth to supply clothing for one year. Often when youth come to SAY they do not own more than one set of clothes. Rather than donated clothing items, we request that gift cards are donated so that youth can take pride in choosing their own outfits. And gift cards are a great teaching moment for how to create and maintain a clothing budget! Our youth benefit from gift cards to any of the following stores:

  • Payless
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Sears
  • Ross
  • Marshalls
  • Kmart

All other clothing donations can be dropped off in the SAY Goodwill Bins (locations listed below). Goodwill partners with SAY to return any donations made into these designated bins with vouchers. These vouchers are given to young people who can use them to shop for their own clothing in Goodwill stores!

SAY/Goodwill Bins:

Coffee House Teen Shelter
1243 Ripley St.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

If your organization is organizing a donation drive, please contact our staff to find out our greatest area of need.

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Stephanie Picard Bowen Development Associate, Corporate Partnerships and Events Work Phone: 707-800-3967