• TSS receives a grant - We are pleased to announce the receipt of a $5,000 grant from the Scott Evans Foundation to support our new Career Services program.
  • Operation Bicycle - Be patient - the move really will take place! Meanwhile enjoy the bike valet and repair service every Tuesday evening at the Farmers' Market in the plaza or drop by the basement at Teen Services.

Many thanks to all of you who joined us to celebrate Cristin Felso and all that she has contributed to Teen Services Sonoma. It was quite a "love fest" as friends, alums, staff, and board members gathered to share hugs, smiles, and memories and to wish Cristin and Paul all the best as they begin their new lives in Washington.

Following a salute from Steve Page (President and General Manager of Sonoma Raceway), Francesca Fifis (TSS Program Director) turned to poetry to describe Cristin's infectious laughter and the other attributes that made her such a good "boss." Adrian Palenchar (Operation Bicycle Manager) and Norma Martinez (Teen Center Coordinator) managed to bring a few tears to Cristin's eyes as they thanked her for her leadership and friendship.
Co-presidents Doug Hanford and Judy Scotchmoor also expressed their gratitude on behalf of the entire board and presented Cristin with a basket of Sonoma treats plus the original artwork shown below and created by Pat Meier-Johnson for the 2018 Cowboy Cab. No chance that Cristin can forget us now!

Many thanks to Steve and Sonoma Raceway for hosting the event, of course to the Lovin' Oven teens for the yummy appetizers, to Zanne Clark for the photos, and to the staff and board who made sure that the celebration went off without a hitch.
Safe journey, Cristin and Paul. We will miss you both!  

To view a slideshow of smiles from the event, click HERE.

Ready to Work (RTW) graduations, senior projects, and a parade are just three of the activities that kept Teen Services busy this summer. In June, our second RTW cohort from Creekside received their certificates and 10 more teens completed the RTW Ready to Work course at the Teen Center in July (photo below with job coaches).

Our congratulations go to our Creekside graduates: Elizabeth Gomez, Ana Macedonio, Dolce Mexicano, Hilda Ojeda, Elitania Ojeda, Rafael Quintero, Kimberly Rojas, Karla Vega, Fatima Zepeda and our summer graduates: Toni Arzaga, Ema Camarena, Arabella Davis, Fiona Cardenas, Ben Hummel, Bradley McCullough, Erin Nicholson, Adalai Nolazco, Micheal Smilardi, Greg Valavanis.
We extend our thanks to the following job coaches who will be offering guidance to our new graduates: Lorraine Ashton, Kathy Bloch, Dennis Bloch, Sandy Drew, Jeanne Leonard, Diana Olding, Ann Reder, Barry Reder, Christine Fife, Marney Malik, Dave Waldron, Hewitt Jackson, and Glenn Arsenault.

Thanks to the senior project of Erica Lee (photo above) and volunteers from Levi Strauss & Co., Teen Services now boasts a beautiful garden that lines its parking area and a bright and cheerful mural along its patio.

Erica first became interested in bees as a girl scout, but now she has learned a lot more about the variety of bees and the plants that attract them. Dedicating her project to the memory of her friend, Brandon Barmore who was also interested in bees, her goal was to create a healthy environment for pollinators and one that people could enjoy too. So, she did her research and designed a garden that would do just that.
Thanks to plants from Sonoma Mission Gardens, Sonoma Wholesale Nursery, Friedman's, and Wine Country Garden Center, soil and mulch from Soils Plus, an irrigation system from Doug Hanford, and the help of an amazing group of volunteers, the flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing. Now there are lovely herbs and tomatoes growing for Lovin' Oven plus a new picnic table and benches made by Erica and her dad with redwood donated by Mead Clark Lumber. Come by and take a look!  

With a float and tee-shirts designed by our teens, the parade provided a great opportunity to share the programs and spirit of Teen Services Sonoma! For additional photos, click HERE.

During the 2018 spring semester, the No Name Café increased the number of teen employees, its product lines, and its bottom line thanks to the efficient management of Harrison Mantas, assisted by Kim Enzensperger. Now Harrison has turned over the reins to Kim who will serve as our No Name Café Coordinator beginning this fall
. Kim grew up in Palo Alto, and following her graduation from Chico State, she joined the Sonoma Developmental Center where she ran their Community Action Volunteer Center. She then worked as a recreation therapist and taught special education for over 20 years. Kim owned several businesses called Sonoma Girlie Stuff for 12 years, but perhaps most of you know her as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Sonoma International Film Festival. Her smile and energy will fit right in at the Café.

Bob and Marilyn Albright
Chris Argenziano and Donna Dambach
Debbie Bowen
Henry and Nancy Bruce
Mike Coleman
Vic and Kit Conforti
Robert and Joan Edgley
Todd and Margaret Evans
Whitney and Jeannette Evans
Ann Iverson
Paul Goguen
Virginia Leavitt
Carmen Lopez
John and Mirja Muncy
Catherine Oneill
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Marcia Petersen
Sandy Popovich
Robert and Helen Rowntree
Rey and Denise Silver
Catherine Wade Shepard
John and Judith Walsh

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