#OneColdNight doesn't have to be One Cold Winter.
One year after a historically devastating fire swept through our community, we finally see substantial signs of hope rising from the ashes. Throughout Coffey Park, Mark West, Fountaingrove… new homes are being built from the ground up, and Santa Rosa is rapidly adapting to what has become our “new normal”.
We’ve clearly recognized – as individuals, as community leaders, as a city – that the “old ways” of doing things will no longer suffice. We must be compassionate, we must be creative, we must be committed.
I’ve been associated with Social Advocates for Youth for years, and this is the THIRD time I’ll be a “sleeper”, as I join #OneColdNight2018. I continue to participate because I believe in their mission. The #SAY program exemplifies exactly what I described above: the entire team at Social Advocates for Youth is COMPASSIONATE, CREATIVE and COMMITTED. THIS is how change occurs.
As a housing provider in Sonoma County, as a housing advocate and an educator, I recognize the struggle even some of our most well-heeled residents face on a daily basis. We are indeed fortunate to live in “God’s chosen place,” but it’s often difficult to make ends meet, even for those who DO have a roof over their heads, who DO have family, friends, an education, a job. Long ago, I experienced first-hand just a small measure of the struggles our underprivileged and unhoused youth face. I walked in those shoes. I know what’s out there. The risks our disadvantaged children face are high, the options uncertain, the decisions difficult. As community leaders, as citizens, as compassionate human beings, we owe it to those less fortunate to help in whatever way we can. That’s why I continue to promote and support #SocialAdvocatesForYouth and #OneColdNight. In addition, as a commitment of that support, I will again match EVERY contribution dollar-for-dollar up to my personal goal of $5,000.00.