“I entered Storyteller Children’s Center a young, broken single mother who could not see past the pain of the interpersonal and sexual violence I experienced. Storyteller welcomed me and my daughter with the support, love and dignity we needed to start putting the pieces of our life back together and forge a path forward. We began our long journey of healing at Storyteller and, with the encouragement I received from my daughter’s teacher at the time, I was able to return to school. I started SBCC and graduated, received a BA from UCSB and, with my own daughter now excelling at Mills College in Oakland, broke my ten-year hiatus from academia to join the 1% of teen mothers who hold a masters degree just this year. I have also had the privilege of serving in a leadership capacity at Storyteller and for over a decade since have worked with and facilitating healing with mothers like me at SBCC. This belief in the power of education to dismantle shame and break cycles of generational poverty began at Storyteller and this lived experience, coupled with being a daily witness to the determination, strength, and resilience of families who come through programs like Storyteller serve as both the foundation and motivation for my existence.”
"Thank you for all that you do. For helping families like ours and truly caring for our well being. You've helped transform Roman into a thoughtful and courteous young boy and helping me be the best mom I can possibly be. Thanks to you I could strive in life knowing Roman was in great hands. We appreciate you so much. Thanks again Ana. We hope you succeed in everything you do. We won't ever forget you!"
- Roman and Fabi
"It was one of the best community services I've ever done and I had so much fun. I learned a lot about little kids and how much their lives influence them at a very young age. I have much appreciation for you all and I support and love Storyteller and really appreciate how kind and brave you all are. All the work you all do is so important and makes a difference in so many people's' lives."
- Larkin, volunteer
Estimado Personal de Storyteller,
Agradezco mucho su servicio a mi familia con el cuidado de mi nieto por casi 4 años, aprendimos mucho de ustedes, se que hay muchas familias que se benefician igual que nosotros pudimos crecer mas con su ayuda. Gracias por su dedicación y servicio a la comunidad. De verdad estamos muy agradecidos con ustedes por haber cuidado y educado a Mijito. Que Dios les de mas deseos de seguir trabajando así y que los bendiga con mas paciencia, cariño, y respeto a los niños. Muy agradecida,
Esteemed Storyteller Personnel,
I am so grateful for the service you have provided to my grandson and family for the last 4 years. We have learned so much from Storyteller and I know that there are many families that benefit similarly and are able to grow as a result of the help you provide. Thank you for your dedication and service to our community. We are truly grateful to you for caring for and educating our mijito. May God continue to give you the motivation to continue the work that you do, and may you be blessed with endless patience, love, and respect for Storyteller’s children. Ever grateful
- Sra. Maria
Every year we conduct a parent/guardian survey in order to collect feedback about how we can better serve our Families and Children. Here are some of the responses from our most recent (2019) survey:
"Storyteller helped me get closer to my kids, create a bond, helped me become a better person while I was struggling with an addiction, they gave me the opportunity for a better life, to see work, and find a new home, without judging."
"Storyteller staff and teachers treat everyone like family. I feel very comfortable coming to staff and teachers about anything. Storyteller is much more than just a child center. Teachers and staff truly care about the children, they take time to build relationships with the children and families. I'm very blessed and grateful to be a part of the Storyteller community. Great program!"
"ST has a lot of services for the children. They make a lot of effort towards the development of the children and they are capable of recognizing what every child needs. If they know something is not normal they bring support or refer to get support, They take a lot of good care and are lovely with our children."
"I wish for my child to carry with him the memories of Storyteller. I think he will be happier within, a more self confident human being ... more well rounded. Storyteller has contributed to the kind of person he will become, you have shaped him."