Louis HopferIt's not easy for 18 year olds to make the transition from foster care to successful self-sufficiency in the adult world. So having an adult friend, even for just an hour or two each week, can help.

TamayoThe facility now known as theTamayo House first opened in 2005. The North Bay Report paid a visit in July 2007 and talked to several of the people involved at that time. Here's that report from our archives.

Louis Hopfer will be among the honorees at the annual Red Cross Real Local Heroes awards breakfast, to be held Thursday morning, April 19, at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. Tickets are tight, but you can read the full list of 2012 award winners here.

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