“From the day I met him and he took me in as my guardian back when I was 14,” says Tallis, “he always said his legacy would go to boys who didn’t have homes or who needed care. A place like Hanna. A place where kids could learn real-life skills like carpentry—a vocation Jay dedicated his life’s work to.” It’s no wonder Smith chose to leave his legacy to Hanna. Orphaned in the 1930s, he found himself alone on the streets of San Francisco by age 13. While not an original Hanna Boy, he squarely fits the typical profile. By sheer determination and grit, Smith made his own way through life and ended up joining the Navy in 1944, just in time for the Second World War. After the war, Smith moved to San Diego, where he became a carpentry apprentice and eventually opened his own business, the S.B. Mill & Carpentry Shop. His life was filled with a love of the sea and woodworking. He soon purchased a schooner and left his carpentry shop often to set sail for Mexico or the coast of Canada. Somewhat reclusive, Smith amassed a small fortune through hard work, prudent spending, smart real estate investments and keen business acumen. A lover of the classics, Smith is remembered by his friends fondly for his recitation of Charles Edward Carryl’s 86-line poem, “Robinson Crusoe’s Story.” “Jay always told me, ‘A promise made is a debt unpaid.’ It meant that you honor your commitments,” says Tallis. “When boys enroll at Hanna Boys Center, they write a letter committing to being there and working out their challenges, and that’s what Jay believed in­ —honoring your commitments.” Legacy gifts like Smith’s are critical to the continued success of Hanna. They ensure that Hanna will be able to help struggling young people for years to come. We are greatly honored to learn of the generous support of Legacy donors like Smith. The gift of his estate will make a difference in the lives of many young men in the future.  ■ DONOR PROFILE: SPENCER “JAY” SMITH, 95 YEARS OF A LIFE WELL LIVED “He never let the truth get in the way of a good story,” recalls Matt Tallis about his lifelong compatriot, friend and mentor, Spencer “Jay” Smith, who recently passed away and left the bulk of his estate to Hanna Boys Center. To learn more about ways to give to Hanna’s Legacy Society, please contact Beth Fox at 707.933.2588 or bfox@hannacenter.org. Our classes are small—usually 8-10 students—so boys get the individualized attention they need. And the results bear this out: Most of our boys see a dramatic improvement in their grades after coming to Hanna and—maybe more remarkably—tell us they actually enjoy learning, sometimes for the first time in their life. And finally, caring. This is perhaps the single most important ingredient in Hanna’s secret sauce. What differentiates many of our boys from their peers is the environment in which they grew up, which typically includes high levels of adversity or trauma. This affects how their young brains develop and, subsequently, how they relate to the world around them. But at Hanna, we turn this equation around. We create an environment that is consistent, caring and safe and that allows our youth to be protected and nourished. This helps them rebuild their psyches and begin to effectively build relationships and turns their hurt into hope. Faith. Education. Caring. We call it the “Hanna Way.” But really it’s a proven and effective model for anyone’s life plan, isn’t it? I hope you enjoy catching up on what’s new at Hanna in the rest of this newsletter. In the meantime, thank you for all you do for Hanna—we are truly grateful. God bless you. Brian Farragher CEO, Hanna Boys Center Continued from front page HOW YOU CAN HELP FROM THE DESK OF OUR CEO, BRIAN