Volume 5 March 2020
Sanctuary Palm Springs Newsletter
March 2020
From our Executive Director:

I always look forward to sharing updates with Sanctuary Palm Springs’ supporters about our efforts to prepare our residents to transition from foster care to a safe and stable adulthood. These last few months have been especially productive and fun!

Here are some highlights:
We hosted an afternoon with Chasten Buttigieg in January while he was in Palm Springs on behalf of his husband Pete’s then-presidential campaign. Chasten came to the house where he was given a tour, after which he spent more than an hour speaking with our residents. It was a wonderful discussion where he was asked questions about issues relevant to our residents’ experiences. First and foremost, they wanted to know about the kinds of supports a prospective Buttigieg presidency would offer young people growing up in the foster care system. Chasten made an immediate connection with our young people as he shared his own experience having been rejected by his family after coming out as gay in his late teens. His stories about having to fend for himself during his young adulthood resonated with them and it made them excited to be able to vote in their very first election!
All programs like Sanctuary that are licensed by the California Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing (CCL) are assigned a Licensing Program Analyst (LPA) who oversees the program, conducts site visits, reviews records, etc. CCL employs approximately 200 LPA’s throughout the state and for the first time they were required to attend a full day of training on the needs of LGBTQ foster youth. Sanctuary was tapped to deliver these trainings, which were held over the last few months in San Jose, Riverside, Sacramento, and Los Angeles counties. The state covered all related expenses. This was not only a vote of confidence in Sanctuary by our licensing entity, but it also spoke to the growing commitment of social service agencies throughout California to better address the needs of LGBTQ youth in care.
Sanctuary is proud to be a founding member of the newly formed Coachella Valley Coalition on Youth Experiencing Homelessness. This Coalition is designed to improve and expand services, referrals, and resources for youth who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness throughout the Coachella Valley. The Coalition is comprised of several of our collaborative partner agencies throughout the area including Operation Safe House, Olive Crest, the Transgender Community Coalition, the College of the Desert, Coachella Valley Unified School District, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services and many others.  
One of our residents recently transitioned out into the world just ahead of his 21 st birthday. (Sanctuary is only licensed to serve young people until they turn 21.) This resident, who was not originally from Palm Springs, was with us for a year-and-a-half and had held down the same job for his entire stay with us. During his time with Sanctuary he learned life skills like cooking, doing laundry, and bicycle repair; he saved money, including establishing an employer-based 401K savings program; and he formed connections with local community members. He has decided to make Palm Springs his home for the foreseeable future so he can continue to go to work and live as an independent member of our community. We wish him all the best!

Lastly, in honor of the two original founders of Sanctuary Palm Springs, LD Thompson and David Rothmiller, along with the legions of local supporters they brought together to bring their dream of a safe sanctuary in Palm Springs for LGBTQ foster youth to life, we are thrilled to announce the addition of a Founders’ Page to the Sanctuary Palm Springs website. I invite you to take a look at this page where you can learn about LD and David’s journey to build the organization and see the long list of names of those whose dedication and commitment laid the foundation for all we are able to do to prepare our young adults to live happy and productive lives.

If your name is spelled incorrectly or is missing, please accept our apologies and contact cdrabkin@sanctuarypalmsprings.org at your earliest convenience and we'll be happy to make any necessary changes.

As always, we thank everyone in our loving and generous community for your continued support of our work to ensure the safety and wellbeing of LGBTQ transition age foster youth.
In gratitude,
Rob Woronoff, MS
Executive Director, Sanctuary Palm Spring s
Upcoming Events
Emerald Kingdom
Saturday, March 14th
4:00 P.M.-8:00 PM
Copa Nightclub
244 E Amado Rd
Palm Springs
Raising money for Sanctuary Palm Springs a transitional housing program specifically designed to meet the needs of the LGBTQ+ community of foster youth transitioning to adulthood.

Presented by the Emerald Kingdom Inc., a 501(c) registered charity. Join us on March 14 at 4pm for a great 50's themed show with live singing. Including a Silent Auction. Hosted by Palm Springs' MC Hostess extraordinaire Bella Da Ball! Suggested donation at $10 at door.
ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Interactive with shadow cast.

Wednesday, March 18th 
7:25 p.m. Doors Open For VIP Bracelets
7:30 p.m. Doors Open For General Admission
8:00 Movie begins.
For Tickets:


The fun starts at 6pm with the Rocky Cocktail party with a costume contest hosted by with the Los Angeles group SINS OF THE FLESH performing full shadow cast.

Special Guest Casting Director Joel Thurman will join us for cocktails and stories.

Come dressed in your favorite ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW costume for your chance to win the Golden Lips award.

150 VIP bracelets (first come first serve) get you into the theater first for the best seats. That will only be sold at the cocktail party to the first 150 people.

You may bring your own props...NO RICE ALLOWED IN THE THEATER.

Show Stoppers, An Evening With Garland and Minnelli
Saturday, April 4th
8:00 PM
Desert Rose Playhouse
69 620 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Tickets to the Saturday performance are $30 to purchase visit 
A multimedia Tribute celebrating the careers of two legendary superstars, Liza Minnelli and her accomplished mother, Judy Garland. The show recreates Garland's iconic 1964 television series as well as to the fact it was her untimely death that coincided with the events at Stonewall 1969. 
Showstoppers allows the audience to be part of a legendary Garland concert, experiencing what it must have been like to have seen the Lady herself.
7th Annual Family Fun Fest Wednesday, April 8th
10:00 AM-12:00 P.M.
Palm Springs Stadium
1901 E. Baristo RD.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Free for the whole family!​

5th Annual Easter Bonnet Brunch

Sunday, April 12th
11:00 AM
Palm Springs
Please call the Tropicale 760.866.1952 and make your reservations for 11:00 on Sunday April 20th, 2020
Last year 182 of our closest friends got out their glue guns and created a haberdashery full of fabulous Easter Bonnets.
Join us again this year and have a delicious Brunch at The Tropicale Restaurant & Lounge, then Parade Down Palm Canyon to Hunters Nightclub (302 E. Arenas) for their Easter Bonnet contest starting at 2:00 p.m.
A percentage of all Brunch proceeds will benefit Sanctuary Palm Springs.
Good Design Good Will Mid-Century Auction
Wednesday, May 13th
Grand Central Palm Springs
160 La Plaza
Palm Springs
For Tickets: 
Cocktails, Nibbles, and Shopping for Fabulous Finds, what's not to love?

Modern Bear proudly presents the first annual
Good Design Goodwill auction celebrating Palm Spring’s passion for Mid-century Modern and design by auctioning off vintage and new decorative arts donated by residents and businesses! Art, furnishings, accessories, and more will be featured in both a silent auction and live auction format. All proceedings from the auction sales will benefit both The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs and The LGBT Community Center of the Desert Food Bank.

Please join us for a special evening of fun shopping and shmoozing for two wonderful causes! And BIG Bear Hugs and Thanks to  Grand Central Palm Springs  for donating their event space!

For sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation of auction items please contact ellenwolf@sanctuarypalmsprings.org
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