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Sanctuary Palm Springs in the News!

NBCares Silver Linings Oak Grove Sanctuary Palm Springs
October 6, 2021

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Oak Grove Sanctuary Palm Springs is a crucial part the Coachella Valley.

It is a transitional community for young adults from 18 to 21 that are moving out of foster care

Their mission and goal is to provide support and reduce overhead costs for this very special population department of social services

sanctuary Helps transition-aged foster youth thrive despite coronavirus challenges

August 14,2020


Community restrictions put into place to address the coronavirus have added new hurtles to the pursuits of these youth, but all have risen to the occasion

staff discuss the impact of the coronavirus crisis 

April 29,2020

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News Channel 3's Peter Daut to learn more about how the organization is dealing with the coronavirus crisis.

ROCKIN 50s benefit
March 13,2020

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Wendy Pinkhouse and Rob Woronoff talk about a benefit for Sanctuary Palm Springs

Sanctuary Palm Springs has a new look

Jan 6,2020

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The Standard updates the community about Sanctuary Palm Springs

Check out pages 26-27 and 52-53  for more information. 

4th annual holiday spectacular/Holiday socks draws more than 200 community leaders

Dec 20,2019


Sanctuary Palm Springs' Holiday Spectacular: Holiday Socks, held at Spencer's Restaurant in Palm Springs on Sunday Dec,., 8 was a fun-filled cocktail reception featuring a hosted bar, Spencer's smashing hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment provided by Broadway veteran David Burnham and silent and live auctions.

Palm Springs Pride Honors
November 2019

Ellen Wolf Spirit of Pride award winner talks about Sanctuary Palm Springs

Holiday Spectacular to benefit sanctuary palm springs

Nov 9,2019


Sanctuary Palm Springs was founded to address the educational, vocational and emotional needs of transitional-aged LGBTQ foster youth aged 18 to 21. Thousands of California youth in the foster system turn 18 every year, and without additional support, their success rate is often bleak, according to Rob Woronoff, the organization’s executive director.

Holiday Spectacular to benefit sanctuary palm springs

Nov 9,2019

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Write up of Sanctuary Palm Springs annual Holliday Spectacular fundraisng event

Sanctuary Palm Springs surprised with $10,000 Spotlight Grant

Jul 17, 2019

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Interview with Rob Woronoff-Executive Director, Tammy Nelson-Program Director and residents about Sanctuary Palm Springs. 

And award of Spotlight Grant.

Facebook live feed of Sanctuary Palm Springs award of the Spotlight Grant

Jul 16, 2019

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News Channel 3 and the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation are teaming up to surprise valley nonprofits with $10,000 grants. 

On Tuesday, Sanctuary Palm Springs was awarded a surprise Spotlight grant to help support their 24-hour staff and expand programming for their residents. 

Molly Wolf is proud to show her Pride on and off the lacrosse field

Jun 14, 2019

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Molly Wolf walked on to the stage in her Bryn Mawr High School graduation cap and gown. It was 2012, and the 17-year-old lacrosse goalie was about to give her graduation speech to 500 friends and family members in Baltimore. She stood in front of the mic and, taking a deep breath, looked down at the crowd watching her in rapt attention. Pressing her palms together, she said the following words that would change her life forever:

Desert homes and businesses embrace outdoor murals as an extension of personal style

Feb. 19, 2019


From the soft pastels of “The Garden” calming a courtyard wall of the luxury vacation compound West Elm House in Palm Springs’ Little Beverly Hills neighborhood to the striking black-and-white line drawings of mythical figures encircling a private home in tony Old Las Palmas, murals adorning private homes and businesses are adding vibrant doses of passion and personality across the desert.  

A Sanctuary for lgbt youth

something beautiful from tragedy

October, 2018

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"As soon as I get HIV I can get into that house" These words, spoken by a homeless gay teenager, which to a gay man who in my early 30's had lost numerous friends to AIDS, sent an ice-cold shiver down my spine. The year was 1997...

See page 11 for full story


Spotlight on: Rob Woronoff of Sanctuary Palm Springs

Sanctuary Palm Springs (SPS), the first of its kind home for LGBTQ foster youth and their allies in the Coachella Valley, is pleased to announce that Rob Woronoff, a nationally-recognized expert on the needs of LGBTQ foster youth, has been appointed as the new Executive Director for the organization.

Finally a True Sanctuary: The Founders of Palm Springs' Transitional Home for LGBT Youth Have Discovered Disconcerting Things Along the Way

June 18, 2018

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They’ve also had to jump through a lot of hoops related to licensing and regulations before finally opening and taking in residents—but in March of this year, The LGBT Sanctuary finally moved into the building it now calls home.

Gay elders who made i through dark times are making sure LGBT youth make it, too

June 18, 2018

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The desert town of Palm Springs, Calif., is a well-known vacation destination and retirement hotspot, particularly for golfers and wealthy white gay men. The city boasts an exclusively LGBT city council and is home to some annual parties for gay men and women.

Community Creates New Palm Springs Youth Housing

MARCH 27, 2018


March has been a dramatic month for Palm Springs residents, bringing rain showers, three St. Patrick’s Day fatalities, and a scandalous murder trial all in the course of a few weeks. Thankfully, the desert city and LGBTQ+ oasis is looking to make some positive moves in the near future when it comes to protecting their younger inhabitants.

The Sanctuary Palm Springs Holiday Stocking Soirée 

JANUARY 3, 2018


The roaring fireplace at Spencer’s Bougainvillea Room was the perfect backdrop to the annual Sanctuary Palm Springs Celebrity Holiday Socks Fundraiser co-chaired by Jeff Stanley and Laurie Weitz.

SANCTUARY Palm Springs Where LGBTQ Youth Meet Their Future

Nov/Dec 2017 

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In a comfortable residence in a modernism-inspired Palm Springs neighborhood, there is a change in the way fostered LGBTQ youth face their future. 

See Page 32 for full article

Valley's LGBT leaders plan sanctuary for LGBT youths

1:31 p.m. PT Jan. 5, 2016


Stepping out into the world as a young adult can be a scary move, especially for those who are considered different and haven’t had a loving, stable upbringing because of that difference. That’s often what happens to LGBT youth in foster care. Spotlight: An Interview with David Rothmiller and LD Thompson of The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs


David Rothmiller and LD Thompson are prominent Palm Springs filmmakers at TrickDog Films as well as published authors, and have just launched a new venture, a nonprofit Group/Family home for LGBT Youth. 

'Sanctuary Palm Springs' to create haven for LGBT youth

11:00 a.m. PT March 15, 2015


Nearly 20 percent of Riverside County foster youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, often finding themselves homeless after coming out to family or being bullied at school.

A Sanctuary for LGBT Youth in Foster Care

03/06/2015 03:53 pm ET

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Shortly after I turned seventeen, my parents discovered my closely guarded secret. For some time I had been in love with another boy at school. We were sexually active. It was true love in my mind and we wrote long, romantic letters to each other expressing our teenage desires and hopes for a future together, far away from the constraints of our conservative Indiana upbringing. 

Sanctuary Palm Springs to house LGBT foster teens

Nov 12, 2015 08:57 AM PST

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - Sanctuary Palm Springs is where different is normal. The family home will soon house six LGBT people between the ages 18 and 21, as they transition out of foster care into the real world. It'll be the first group home of its kind for LGBT foster youth in Southern California

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