Social Advocates for Youth Announces Grant Award of $25,000 from Summit State Bank

Social Advocates for Youth Announces Grant Award of $25,000 from Summit State Bank

Santa Rosa, CA – (February 12, 2015) – Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) announced today that Summit State Bank has secured the agency a $25,000 grant for the SAY Street Outreach Program through the Federal Home Loan Bank community giving program. This grant will support SAY’s Coffee House Teen Shelter, the Street Outreach Program works with vulnerable youth to keep them off drugs, fed, and away from street predators while reconnecting them to their families, SAY services, and community resources.

Matt Martin, Executive Director for SAY said, “We are so grateful for this wonderful donation for our Street Outreach Program. Street Outreach is the first step to building trust with youth. It is there that the foundation is laid to getting youth housing, counseling and jobs.”

Social Advocates for Youth offers housing, counseling, and employment programming to youth throughout Sonoma County, and served over 3,000 youth and families last year. SAY’s street Outreach program for homeless and former foster youth and young adults keeps homeless youth ages 12-24 safe and connected to resources while supporting youth to exit the street and achieve safe, stable living arrangements.

“I want to applaud the efforts of our CFO, Dennis Kelley, who as a board member of SAY was instrumental in procuring this large grant,” said Tom Duryea, President and CEO of Summit State Bank.

Mr. Martin said, “The street outreach team helps keep young people warm, offering clothes, food, toiletries, tarps, tents, and sleeping bags. During this winter, we are truly thankful for the crucial generosity of Summit State Bank.”

About Social Advocates for Youth

Social Advocates for Youth is a non-profit agency providing support, opportunities and hope to children, youth and families. Founded in 1971, SAY provides a variety of services including free and low-cost counseling, job training, educational support, emergency, transitional housing and youth employment, family therapy, bilingual family advocacy, and other prevention programs to former foster children and children ages 5-24. SAY operates the Dr. Coffee Teen Shelter, Sonoma County's only 24/7 teen shelter, and the Mary and Jose Tamayo Village, a transitional housing program for former foster youth and homeless young adults.

About Summit State Bank

Summit State Bank has total assets of $460 million and total equity of $68 million at December 31, 2014. Headquartered in Sonoma County, the Bank provides diverse financial products and services throughout Sonoma, Napa, San Francisco, and Marin Counties. Summit has been recognized as one of the Top 75 Corporate Philanthropists in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and Top Corporate Philanthropist by the North Bay Business Journal. In addition, Summit State Bank received the 2013 Rising Star Award from the California Independent Bankers, the 2012 Community Bank Award from the American Bankers Association for its nonprofit work, and has been recognized as one of the North Bay’s Best Places to Work by the North Bay Business Journal. Summit has also been consistently recognized as a high performing bank by Findley Reports. Summit State Bank’s stock is traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol SSBI. Further information can be found at www.summitstatebank.com.


Contact:
Thomas Duryea
President and CEO
Summit State Bank
PO Box 6188
Santa Rosa, CA 95406
(707) 568-4920
tduryea@summitstatebank.com

Caitlin Childs
Communications Manager
Social Advocates for Youth
cchilds@saysc.org
(707) 800-3970