SAY San Diego’s Annual Holiday Hopes Gift Drive

For several decades, SAY San Diego has provided holiday cheer and support to children and families. This year, striving to come through the COVID-19 crisis, we need to be especially responsive and help families more than ever. Many families are facing tough challenges, with record-high cost of living and expenses to meet every-day needs. The holiday season can add extra stress and heightened expectations for parents and leave children with feelings of disappointment. This year’s Holiday Hopes Gift Drive is designed to help alleviate some of that stress and allow families to experience the joy of the holidays.


Help us achieve our goal of raising $25,000 to provide 250+ families year with $100 in gift cards that they can immediately use for groceries, a festive meal, household essentials, books, toys and clothing. All gifts will be matched and doubled in impact by a grant provided by Alliance Healthcare Foundation!  Funds collected with go 100% to purchasing gift cards for deserving San Diego families.


Visit this page to donate now.

SAY Stands Against Domestic Violence

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

It is especially important now as the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has radically changed the lives of individuals. There are victims of abuse that have the added crisis of being quarantined at home with an abuser and/or social distancing from the community at a time they really need guidance and help.
SAY strives for a future community that puts an end to domestic violence. Join us in spreading awareness of those individuals in the “shadows” of the pandemic. If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE), direct them to the San Diego Family Justice Center, or SAY’s domestic violence resource page.…/domestic-violence-resources/

2021 Light Our Way Campaign

WHAT: A regional teen coalition committed to promoting healthy, resilient communities, is teaming up with San Diego County Board of Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher to launch Light Our Way 2021. A county-wide celebration of Graduates, Everyday Heroes, and Resilient Communities, Light Our Way honors the Class of 2021 and San Diegans, from all walks of life, who’ve overcome hardship and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Light Our Way will unfold against a civic backdrop emerging from the darkness of an 18-month global pandemic and into the light of brighter days ahead. Channeling the hope and possibility in the air, the young advocates have planned a spectrum of family-friendly activities designed to generate a joyful spirit of pride in graduates as they reflect on their academic achievements and prepare to embark on the next chapter of their life journeys. The celebration is also a tribute to community resilience, springing to life as San Diegans reconnect with friends, businesses, and community after weathering the loss and isolation of COVID-19.

WHO: Community Champion Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, will join young advocates, representing Advocates for Change Today (ACT), Project A.W.A.R.E., Boys to Men Mentoring Network, The Collective and San Diego Promise Neighborhood, on the front line of the campaign. Community Partners SAY San Diego, Outfront Media, and Business for Good — a local nonprofit dedicated to creating an economic arena that lifts all businesses across all neighborhoods — will lend their voices to the movement. Together, they will ground its mission in a powerful message: “We’re Stronger Than Ever!”

WHEN: Timed to bookend the time frame when many school commencement ceremonies will take place, Light Our Way will kick off Monday, June 7 and wrap up on Sunday, June 20. The first three days of the campaign, Monday June 7 – Wednesday, June 9, will spotlight messages and activities organized around the themes: Hope, Gratitude, and Joy. Afterward, the campaign will buzz with new creativity as residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations contribute their unique voices to the festivities.

Light Our Way 2021

Join SAY San Diego in supporting the Light Our Way campaign and its’ mission of celebrating hope, joy, and resilience of all San Diegans who are striving to make it through these uncertain times. In 2020 our partners at Advocates for Change Today, designed a three-day campaign as a way to honor graduates who were embarking on a new chapter while in the midst of a global pandemic. The campaign asks community members to engage in activities that would encourage, inspire celebrate those who need it the most. This year, the campaign is expanding its vision beyond graduates to include all San Diegans. As we are all experiencing new changes and challenges, whether that be reentering the workforce, developing social anxiety or graduating. There are still many unknowns but, together we can navigate this new normal and come out on the other side stronger!

Help show your support by wearing green, using the hashtag Light Our Way, and sharing inspiring messages of resiliency and hope!

SAY San Diego’s Annual Holiday Hopes Gift Drive

For several decades, SAY San Diego has provided holiday cheer and support to children and families. This year, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we need to be especially responsive and help families more than ever. Many families are facing tough challenges, with many parents out of work or having their wages cut. The holiday season can add extra stress and heightened expectations for parents and leave children with feelings of disappointment. This year’s Holiday Hopes Gift Drive is designed to help alleviate some of that stress and allow families to experience the joy of the holidays.  

 Help us achieve our goal of raising $20,000 to provide 200+ families with $100 in gift cards that they can immediately use for groceries, a festive meal, household essentials, books, toys and clothing. Thanks to our generous donors, SAY San Diego will match any gift of $50 or more! All funds collected go 100% to purchasing gift cards for deserving San Diego families.  


CLICK HERE to donate now.  

SAY San Diego’s Dads Corps Program


The Dads Corps program is FREE and open to all fathers including Civilian Dads, Active Duty Dads, Veteran Dads, and Dads-To-Be!  Dad Corps provides fathers opportunities to thrive as “Parents, Partners, and Providers.”

Dads Corps understands the unique challenges of parenting.  We support dads by sharing new insights and approaches to parenting allowing YOU to develop new skills and tools to support your family unit regardless of your situation.  Dads Corps follows a nationally recognized parenting curriculum and utilizes a discussion-based format so that you can learn by connecting to other dads through each session.  Our program will cover topics including, “Communication, Discipline, Relationships, Health, and More.”  Participants will also be able to access:

  • Alumni network
  • Employment Services
  • Legal Resources
  • Supportive Services
  • In-person and virtual learning format*
  • Private Instruction (if requested)
  • Resource Referrals
  • Scholarships for career advancement, training, and/or general support assistance
  • Family-friendly activities and excursions
  • And More

Dads Corps has been named as a Federal Grantee from the Office of Family Assistance for the Fatherhood FIRE Project.  Our program welcomes all dads to participate in future classes.  So whether expecting your first child, looking for new ways of handling your child’s behavior, or seeking to create a stronger relationship with your child(ren), Dads Corps is a place where we welcome you to hang your hat!  Join our brotherhood network today!!!

Questions or want to learn more about the program?


Jessica Chiesman, , 858.289.7101 (Eng)


Jesus Torres, 858.289.7110 (Esp.)

To learn more about this program please visit:

Dads Corps has a proud history serving well over 1,000 fathers and families since 2008.  GET CONNECTED TODAY!

Dad Corps Family

“Because of Dads Corps I am/have… “

“Confidence to be a better father and a support group to help me and let me know I am not alone as a father”

“Changing my old habits to more effective and better view/perspective on becoming a father”

*During COVID-19 conditions, Dads Corps will ONLY offer virtual format

All qualified applicants and program participants will receive consideration for employment/ program services without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

We stand for equity, opportunity, inclusion and well-being, every day, at SAY San Diego.

At SAY San Diego, we value diversity in our workforce and all of our relationships as a vital, creative and moral strength and key to our success.

We intentionally engage and embrace diverse experiences, perspectives and talents.

We promote equity, opportunity and well-being by acting to rebalance power and privilege within our organization, relationships, communities and the larger society.

We advocate for anti-racism and against discrimination in all forms, by acting to prevent and remove racial, ethnic and other forms of inequitable treatment and disparities in the systems, practices and policies related to our work, including systems such as education, healthcare, juvenile/criminal justice and child welfare, among others. We understand that systemic change is complex and requires many allies learning and working together to create durable positive change.

We honor the power and rights of all peoples to come together in a safe inclusive environment.

We recruit, hire, train, support and promote a diverse and inclusive board and workforce, in all ways that people identify themselves, including race, ethnicity, origin language, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, military or veteran status, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and age. Going forward, SAY will incorporate any and all protected characteristics.

We also recognize that work on diversity and inclusion and racial equity evolves over time and will be continuously improved. We are open to learning and developing this work together.

In gratitude for all that you and we do every day,

Nancy Gannon Hornberger, CEO

Covid-19 impact on those affected by domestic violence

The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has radically changed the lives of all individuals. There are victims of abuse that have the added crisis of being quarantined at home with an abuser and/or social distancing from the community at a time they really need guidance and help. SAY San Diego would like to create awareness about those individuals in the “shadows” of the pandemic. 

Here’s how COVID-19 could uniquely impact intimate partner violence survivors:

  • Abusive partners may withhold necessary items, such as hand sanitizer or disinfectants.
  • Abusive partners may share misinformation about the pandemic to control or frighten survivors, or to prevent them from seeking appropriate medical attention if they have symptoms.
  • Abusive partners may withhold insurance cards, threaten to cancel insurance, or prevent survivors from seeking medical attention if they need it.
  • Programs that serve survivors may be significantly impacted –- shelters may be full or may even stop intakes altogether. Survivors may also fear entering shelter because of being in close quarters with groups of people.
  • Survivors who are older or have chronic heart or lung conditions may be at increased risk in public places where they would typically get support, like shelters, counseling centers, or courthouses.
  • Travel restrictions may impact a survivor’s escape or safety plan – it may not be safe for them to use public transportation or to fly.
  • An abusive partner may feel more justified and escalate their isolation tactics.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing violence, here are a few suggestions that may help: 

  • Create a safety plan to outline ways to remain safe while you are in your current situation, planning to leave, or after you leave.
  • Practice self-care as much as possible.
  • If it is safe, reach out for help and try to maintain social connections through phone calls, texts, emails, and social media platforms.

National Domestic Violence Hotline for any victims and survivors who need support 24/7 call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you are unable to speak safely, you can log onto or text LOVEIS to 22522.


1)Spreading Information and Resources 

SAY San Diego’s is sharing information and facts on domestic violence awareness month to help educate our individuals, families, and communities better. You can find this information on our blog, Facebook, or Twitter accounts. We encourage all members of the SAY SD community to repost and share information to spread awareness. Sharing information and educating your friends and families is the first step in preventing domestic violence. There are also resources included on how to intervene and get help if you or someone you know is experiencing intimate partner violence.  

2)October 8th Kickoff 

On October 8th, SAY San Diego kicked off DV Awareness Month by wearing purple VIRTUALLY!  We encourage all our SAY followers to join us this month by wearing purple for DV Awareness Month to your workplaces, grocery stores, community areas, etc. and share why! Share with us on our social media the creative ways your families, teams, organizations, etc.  participated in showing up in purple! We want to recognize those partnering with us in our efforts to raise awareness.  


October is domestic violence awareness month

SAY San Diego strives for a future without intimate partner violence. Domestic violence is a problem and SAY wants to be part of the solution by raising awareness to those that have loved ones in an abusive situation. In order to end domestic violence, it is important that everyone does their part.  October is domestic violence awareness month.1 

You may find a list of local domestic violence resources HERE.

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, batter, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. Domestic violence is prevalent in EVERY community, and affects all people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.  


  • In the United States, more than 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. 
  • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive over 19,000 calls. 
  • Intimate partner violence is most common against women between the ages of 18-24 


  • 32.9 % of California women and 27.3% of California men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. 
  • In a single day, domestic violence shelters served almost 5,800 women and children.
  • Between 2009 and 2011, while other types of homicides decreased, domestic violence fatalities in California increased by 11%. 

1 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2020). Domestic violence. Retrieved from 

2 National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2016). Domestic violence in California. Retrieved from 

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