Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. Whether serving as a Job Coach, applying mechanical skills at Operation Bicycle, chopping veggies in preparation for Lovin' Oven meals, delivering Lovin' Oven cookies, stuffing envelopes, helping a teen with a math problem, adding labels to food products, decorating cookies or making pies, filling in where needed, serving on a committee, or just sharing a conversation with a teen at the Teen Center, each of you who has given your time, expertise, and caring has made a difference.
So how do we usually say thank you? With cookies of course, but this year we expanded the menu a bit and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at Deb and Bob Kweller's home in celebration of our 2018/19 volunteers.
Five lucky couples were the winning bidders of a special auction item at our 2019 Cowboy Cab. They collected their prize last month. As transportation was included, the guests were picked up at their homes and arrived at the beautiful home of Doug Hanford for an evening of fine wines, good food, ridiculously funny games, and camaraderie. From the level of conversation, the amount of food and liquid refreshment consumed, and the laughter and smiles, it appears that the evening was a grand success. Not a one of them looked bored.
Many thanks to Whole Foods for supplying the dinner components and to each of our bidders for supporting Teen Services: Jim and Marcia Carruthers, Christy and John Coulson, Hope and Jack Nisson, Wayne and Celia Schake, and Marcie and Dave Waldron. You made the evening a completely joyful time for the board as well!
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Of course, there will be appetizers served by our Lovin’ Oven teens, a variety of beverages to enjoy, music, a great dinner, but this year we have a few surprises in store…
You will want to get there early to sign up for some amazing buy-a-spot opportunities – first come, first served! What a selection: cuddling baby goats, a plein air experience, ceramics lessons, bay land explorations, amazing dinners, and more!
For the live auction, you will have the opportunity to bid on: a dozen date nights, a board extravaganza, amusement park hopping, a unique dinner at London Ranch with Jack and Charmian, an intriguing “date” with a congressman, and a drag race with the Chief of Police? We are not kidding! It just keeps getting better!
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A number of new faces joined us at Teen Services on Thursday, November 29th for a special evening with two of Sonoma’s culinary stars: Sondra Bernstein (the girl and the fig) and Nima Sherpa (Sonoma Grille). Both had interesting journeys to share and advice to offer to the young adults who came to learn a bit more about the culinary field.
The smiles were plentiful and with good reason as Cristin Felso, Teen Services Executive Director, welcomed teens, family members, staff, board members and friends to celebrate the accomplishment of 15 amazing teens.
Over the past seven weeks, despite the disruption of classes due to our tragic fires, these young people diligently participated in a series of after-school workshops to learn the skills needed for securing their first jobs. They gained self-confidence; learned about the application and hiring process, money management, and customer service; completed their first resumes; and participated in mock interviews with local business professionals.
Each graduating teen has now been assigned a personal coach and will be completing an action plan as part of the Ready to Work process. Coaches will work with their teens through the job search and placement processes and will continue to support them for the first 90 days of employment.
Cristin acknowledged the incredible network of employers who provide that crucial first work experience that empowers our teens and thanked all those who have supported the teens and the Ready to Work program. Special recognition was given to RTW facilitator, Jennifer Blackwood; RTW Manager, Gabby Petersen; the volunteer employment coaches; and, of course, the graduates:
Sophie Armer, Michel Bernal, Maggie Castro, Yaquelyn Cruz, Nick Diaz, Silvia Flores, Georgia Griffin, Fernando Hernandez, Amanda Horn. Gabby Knudsen, Andrea Labrador, Itzel Montes, Luis Ortiz, Sandy Pulido, James Sorrells
Teen Services is extremely grateful to MacArthur Place, Saddles Restaurant, and Director of Food and Beverage, David Daniel and his staff for generously donating the venue, sound system, and set-up for this special event.