The SAYS Story

St. Augustine Youth Services, a nonprofit organization, has been providing food, shelter, care and therapeutic treatment to children since 1989.  All SAYS children need therapeutic treatment.  For most of the boys, this is due to the trauma of abuse and/or severe neglect. Your support of SAYS fundraising efforts will help us build a new home where the children can live, learn, heal and grow in a safe, nonthreatening environment.



SAYS Provides:

  • A Homelike Environment
  • Individual and Family Therapy Provided by Master’s Level Therapists
  • Psychiatric Services (such as medication management)
  • Psychological Consultation
  • Social Skills Training.
  • Independent Living Training
  • Referral Services


Treatment Philosophy

SAYS provides a safe, structured, therapeutic environment to assist each child in unlearning inappropriate and dysfunctional behavior and in acquiring more effective coping and communication skills.

We believe that the family must be actively involved in the treatment process in order to allow the child to work through many of his treatment issues. Family therapy, home visits, regular visitation and communication with staff are strongly encouraged to achieve these ends.

SAYS provides for all basic needs of the child, such as food, clothing, shelter, education, and activities within a therapeutic milieu designed to meet the needs of emotionally disturbed children. The average length of stay is 18 months.