According to the 2018 Point-In-Time Homeless Census and Survey, at least 24 young people are homeless in Sonoma Valley right now. The Sonoma Valley area of “the Springs” includes several of the bottom five neighborhoods on the educational and health indexes of Sonoma County, and three in every ten people are children (A Portrait of Sonoma County 2014). According to A Portrait, about eight in every ten children in these areas comes from a disadvantaged background and 76% are children of Latino immigrant parents.
Much like youth in West County and the Russian River Valley, our staff reports the youth they encounter are hesitant to leave for Santa Rosa, even simply to access services. In order to reach these youth, it is critical that we offer services where the youth are, instead of asking them to travel to the services.
How SAY Helps in Sonoma Valley:
- Our Street Outreach Team spends one day a week connecting with young people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness by addressing their most immediate needs, including housing support, hygiene supplies, food, and referrals to key services.
- Our Counseling Department provides no-cost grief and loss support services to children, youth and their families in Sonoma Valley – including group-based work, training parents and caregivers to identify signs a young person is struggling with grief, and summertime art for self-care workshops.
- Our Counseling Department provides school-based mental health services at Sonoma Valley High School and the two middle schools.
- Our Careers Department provides site-based case management services in Sonoma Valley as well as conducting in-school presentations in order to connect students to both SAY’s services and other community resources.
Top Partners in Sonoma Valley:
- Sonoma Valley Unified School District
- La Luz Center
- Teen Services Sonoma
|Participant Name||Event Name||Amount|
|Christopher Mahurin||One Cold Night 2018||
|Gary Saperstein||One Cold Night 2018||
|Susan Gorin||One Cold Night 2018||
|Chelsea Lazzari||One Cold Night 2018||
|Jeremy Turpen||One Cold Night 2018||
|Ryan Lely||One Cold Night 2018||
|Rachel Hundley||One Cold Night 2018||
|Mike Sullivan||One Cold Night 2018||