Over 450 donors came together to raise over $9.8 million to build the SAY Dream Center! This record-breaking capital campaign is one of the fastest in Sonoma County history and we could not have done it without the caring community of donors and volunteers. Thank you for helping make our youth’s dreams come true!
There's Still Time to Donate
We’ve built the building, now let’s help our kids dream big! SAY still needs ongoing support with a donation at any level to help fund a solar installation, outfit the computer lab, and support SAY’s ongoing funding needs. SAY will continue to offer commemorative tiles to purchase at the Dream Center, as well as a limited number of naming opportunities still available. Donate today.
New housing units for homeless young people
Families will receive counseling services
Youth will find jobs
The SAY Dream Center
Between 2009 and 2013, the number of homeless youth, aged 18-24 in Sonoma County grew by an astounding 450% to 1,128, the highest per capita rate in the nation.
BUT THERE IS AN ANSWER.
The SAY Dream Center will feature up to 63 new units of new housing for youth ages 18-24. Dream Center residents will enjoy:
- Shared or private rooms
- Private bathrooms
- Shared kitchen and dining rooms
- Pottery studio
- Community garden
- Technology and gaming lounge
The new counseling building at the SAY Dream Center will be a soothing, welcoming space, dedicated to helping clients heal. Features of the new counseling building include:
- A private entrance and exit
- A child-friendly waiting room
- 13 counseling offices
- Sand play, art therapy and play therapy rooms for children
Jobs & Education
The new, modern youth employment wing will feature:
- Individual offices for case managers working one-on-one with youth to develop their career and education goals
- 25-station computer lab and training room
- GED preparation classes
- Job skills workshops
- On-site café and garden work programs
The SAY “way” works
When fully-operational the Dream Center will include 63 units of housing for these 18-24 year olds, along with counseling and job training, both for the residents and another 1000 young people using SAY’s effective counseling and job training services. And, with a $1 million operating grant from the County, SAY will be able serve these young people the moment that the Dream Center’s doors open.
Social Advocates for Youth provides support, opportunity and hope to children, youth and families.
SAY has helped over 35,000 abused kids, aged 5-24, as well as homeless, runaways, youth leaving foster care, or fleeing the influence of gangs. Over the years, SAY has continually refined its program formula to break this cycle of abuse and hopelessness. That formula incorporates three pillars: housing, counseling and employment/training.
- Youth moving out of Tamayo Village moved into permanent, stable housing 90%
- Youth report improvement in their family’s communication skills 93%
- Unemployed youth at Tamayo Village who completed our work readiness training attained either part time or full time employment 88%
Who are these homeless young people?
These are OUR kids
Eighty seven percent of Sonoma County’s homeless youth are county residents and 95% of SAY’s clients are from this county with 47% from Santa Rosa and the remainder from every corner of the county.
Often lacking the most basic training and skills for independent living such as grocery shopping, financial management, cooking a meal or applying for a job, 65% of youth leaving foster care homes in Sonoma County each year become homeless.
A Supportive Community
The Dream Center will be a “supportive community” for these young men and women as they learn to live together as adults. They will share meals, commute together to school and work, refer each other for jobs and learn unselfish cooperation.
The Social Advocates for Youth Dream Center will transform the lives of young people from every corner of Sonoma County. In order to be successful, they need what we all need: a safe place to call home. In addition, the SAY Dream Center will offer access to jobs and careers, opportunities for educational advancement and support provided by an experienced, professional staff.Bill Friedman
SAY has a track record of more than forty years putting kids on track to lead successful, fulfilling lives. We have an extraordinary opportunity to build the Dream Center by putting a shuttered hospital back into use. With an ideal donated property, and the know-how of SAY we can end youth homlessness with this dream.Connie Codding