Social Advocates for Youth – SAY

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Date/Time
Date(s) - Wednesday, October 30, 2013
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Location
Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa

Social Advocates for Youth - SAY

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Cat Cvengros speaks at the Rotary Club of Windsor

Cat Cvengros, MBA, Development Director of Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) will be our speaker today.

Cat will talk about the proposed Dream Center that would be located at the retired Warrack Hospital in Bennett Valley.

Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa (SMCSR) generously offered to donate the former Sutter Warrack Hospital building to SAY with the goal of building on SAY’s 42 year history and expanding SAY’s capacity to serve more of Sonoma County’s youth and families. This donation saves SAY millions of dollars in purchasing land and construction costs of a building.

SAY’s Dream Center will be a place where Sonoma County’s young people have the hope, support, and opportunity to achieve their dreams and full potential. Serving former foster children and youth ages 5-24 and their families, SAY’s Dream Center focuses on four core areas of services: affordable housing, job training and employment, educational support and health and wellness. The Center would house SAY administration, low-cost counseling, youth employment services, affordable apartment-style housing, short term housing, family therapy, education programs and bilingual family advocacy. The building also provides office space which SAY could rent to partners offering complementary services to youth.

The current SAY teen shelter, drop-in center and apartment-style housing programs – the Dr. Coffee House Teen Shelter and the Tamayo Village – would not move to the Warrack Hospital building. Those programs would continue to operate in their current locations. Neighbors of these SAY housing programs have praised SAY operations and have expressed that SAY is a good, quiet and considerate neighbor.

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