Sonoma County Human Services

2016 Award - $10,000

The Sonoma County Human Services Department, Adult & Aging Services Division (A&A) serves as the county safety net provider of senior services. In its second year of local programs to support LGBT seniors, the LGBT Seniors Outreach Project, has begun offering training and events at three local senior centers, while also planning the spring launch of the LGBTQI Senior Information & Assistance Program to increase elders’ access to social services for healthy aging.

Positive Images

2016 Award - $7,500

Positive Images provides support, advocacy and a safe space to Sonoma County’s LGBTQ+ youth and young adults (ages 12-24) and educates the greater community.

“We nurture positive self- image and leadership, and we envision a Sonoma County and beyond where all youth are valued community members contributing to a just society. ”

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)

2016 Award - $7,500

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) provides services to homeless, abused, and runaway kids and their families via comprehensive housing, counseling, and career services.  A recent Homeless Census reports that 40% of the 678 homeless youth in Sonoma County identify as LGBTQI.  By creating safe spaces and trusting relationships, SAY provides our homeless and disconnected LGBTQI youth with a pathway to increased self-worth, validation, and self-sufficiency.