Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: SAY Finley Dream Center, 2447 Summerfield Avenue, Santa Rosa
Speaker: Katrina Thurman, Ashley Fehrmann, & Carolyn Couch


**The deadline to RSVP is early for this event. Please make sure to RSVP by 4/24/17.

-Change of Meeting Time & Venue = Noon-2pm at SAY Finley Dream Center, Not at Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club

-Cost is $40.00 per person

The May REEPC meeting will once again have a non-profit focus as we hear from Katrina Thurman Chief Executive Officer and Ashley Fehrmann Chief Development Officer of Social Advocates for Youth and Cathryn Couch Executive Director of the Ceres Community Project of the vital work these two nonprofits are doing in Sonoma County

Lunch tickets for the May meeting will be $40 per person.  SAY and Ceres will present  their mission and the work that they are doing for youth and the community at large in Sonoma County while we enjoy our lunch. Tours of the Dream Center and Ceres Café will take place following the luncheon.  REEPC members are encouraged to invite a colleague as a guest to attend the May lunch meeting at the Dream Center!



  • Salads- choice of three:
    • Garden Greens;
    • Honey Curried Quinoa with Seasonal Veggies;
    • Tuscan Kale Salad with Parmesan & Garlic Croutons
  • Sunny Beet Burgers, Chicken Pesto Paninis, and Nicoise Tuna Wraps
  • Cookie Platter with Chocolate Brownies and Cashew Cardamom Balls    
  • Lemon Water, Herbal Iced Tea, Decaf & Regular Coffee








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Date/Time: Wednesday,  May 3, 2017,  12:00 PM


Social Advocates for Youth (SAY):

If you were to go into an elementary school class tomorrow and ask the kids what they want to be when they grow up not a single child would say homeless. Not a single one would say sex trafficked. Not a single one would say abused.

Our kids have the most amazing, diverse, ambitious dreams. They want to grow up and make a difference in the world. But when they’re facing abuse at home, or living in a car or a shelter, or on the street, those dreams start to feel very far away. At Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), we believe all youth need access to connection and hope, and can only thrive when they have the skills to learn, grow, and accept opportunities for meaningful employment and engagement in our community. SAY closes the gap between where these youth are and the opportunities for them to achieve fulfilling, independent lives, becoming our future workforce and contributing community members.

During the 2015-2016 fiscal year SAY opened 40 beds at the Finley Dream Center. Combined with our other sites we served 7,777 children, youth, and families with the following support:

Housing: “Having somewhere safe to live means being in a place where we all support each other and I don’t feel weird. I have that here.”

  • 130 youth found a safe place to live at a SAY housing program
  • 76% of our youth successfully transitioned into stable housing
  • 84% of our residents are working, in school, or both! And, 63% or our residents increased their income

Counseling: “I have somebody to talk to. You’ve helped me become a better person. I had no hope, now I have a little.”

  • 3,047 youth and families accessed our counseling programs
  • 73% of youth surveyed reported increased positive coping skills

Careers: “I feel like I had some job skills before, but believing in myself was difficult. I trust myself more and it’s building my self-esteem. I’m getting work experience and I have friends. I feel like I belong to something, and I’ve never felt that before.”

  • 250 youth came to the Career Hub at the Dream Center to get help finding a job
  • 125 youth become self-sufficient with case management service from SAY.


Ceres Community Project:

Ceres Community Project works to create better health for people, communities and the planet through love, healing meals and empowering the next generation. Our core program, Healing Meals for Healthy Communities, delivers 100,000 organic medically tailored meals a year to mostly very low-income people with a serious illness like cancer and their families. The meals relieve stress and social isolation, prevent malnutrition and improve treatment outcomes, and support clients in adopting healthier long-term eating habits. The meals are prepared by 450 youth who volunteer in our organic garden and three commercial kitchens in Sonoma and Marin counties. Working under the guidance of professional staff and adult mentors, youth learn to grow, cook and eat healthy food, understand why their food choices matter, develop leadership, gain skills that are essential for success in school, work and life, and discover their place as contributing members of the community.  Ceres has also trained 12 communities across the country to replicate our model and all are successfully operating.






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