August 28, 2015:
The article provided below gives an extensive look into the stories of those who reside at SDC. It paints a picture from the conservators point of view of the pain family members dealt with when leaving their loved ones at SDC as early as the 1930’s. But, it also describes the relief that came over the families knowing that their “Heavenly Guest” would be well taken care of.
“As the state makes plans to shutter the 124-year old Sonoma Developmental Center, some families of the 392 remaining residents come to terms with what closure will mean.”
No matter the outcome, the history of the Sonoma Developmental Center is one that will not, and could not be forgotten.
Provided courtesy of the Sonoma Magazine, by Meg McConahey and photography by Erik Castro.