500 Ways to Care

500 Ways to Care

By Christopher Oak Reinier Some 500 residents of the Guerneville area assembled Wednesday evening, March 29, at the Guerneville Elementary School. They had come to voice and hear concerns about a proposed homeless shelter and health service facility on a property...
It’s the Derby

It’s the Derby

The Event Join West County Community Services (WCCS) as a sponsor for its second annual Derby Day Fundraising Gala at the historic Rio Theatre in Monte Rio, CA on Saturday May 6th from   12:00 to 4:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded for ‘best hat in show’ Silent Auction...

Housing the Homeless, Building a Village

Last week, the City of Sebatopol and West County Community Services (WCCS) entered into a partnership to provide housing and supportive services to eight currently homeless Sebastopol area families. Through the program, a WCCS case manager will provide case management...
WCCS staff meet to share their work

WCCS staff meet to share their work

By Christopher Oak Reinier At the March all-staff meeting, the WCCS staff got some very good news. They learned that the City of Sebastopol has agreed to fund service by WCCS to a joint housing and supportive services project at Village Mobile Home Park in Sebastopol....
New Partnership to House Homeless Families in Sebastopol

New Partnership to House Homeless Families in Sebastopol

The Sebastopol City Council on March 21 approved an agreement to partner with West County Community Services  and affordable housing advocacy organization Group of Advocates to begin providing housing and supportive services to the approximately 65 current residents...
St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon a Bright Green Success

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon a Bright Green Success

By Christopher Oak Reinier As many as 60 members and guests of the Russian River Senior Resources Center feasted on home cooking, and there must’ve been an Irish lad or lassie doing some of the cooking.  That corned-beef got eaten with a relish, an abundance of...
Valerie Belote, Peer One at the Empowerment Center

Valerie Belote, Peer One at the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier Valerie Belote had just come from a meeting of the Member Advisory Council when I sat down with her at a table in the sun, the glorious sun, in the yard outside the Empowerment Center. The Council members are restructuring the programs...
Vicki Halstead, Manager of the Senior Center

Vicki Halstead, Manager of the Senior Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier Vicki Halstead, was a kindergarten teacher for 21 years. That ought to be good experience for managing a Senior Center, where members know it is okay, in fact, it’s good to be “forever young”.  But now, in all their senior-wisdom, they play...
WCCS Youth Program Sponsors a 3 on 3 Basketball Ball Tournament

WCCS Youth Program Sponsors a 3 on 3 Basketball Ball Tournament

By Vivian Diaz Over twenty local youth participated in the River Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, held Saturday, March 11, at the El Molino High School Gym in Forestville. Youth from all backgrounds played in a total of four 7 minute games against one another. The...
Basket Ball Tournament at El Molino this Saturday, March 11

Basket Ball Tournament at El Molino this Saturday, March 11

There is room for two more teams! But if you can’t play, be sure to be there for a fun night of local basketball AGES 16-24 Date: March 11, 2017 Location: El Molino High School Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM 8 Teams – Single Elimination $20 Participation Fee/Team $3 Entry...
Emily Heinzelman,  the Work She Does

Emily Heinzelman, the Work She Does

Emily Heinzelman has been working for West County Community Services for ten years. She shakes her head at the length of time she’s been helping high school students with disabilities to find employment upon graduation, providing support services for residents in...
Have Two St. Patrick’s Days! One on March Fifteenth! then the Other One!

Have Two St. Patrick’s Days! One on March Fifteenth! then the Other One!

Come Celebrate St. Patricks Day with us, two days early!                                                    Wednesday, March 15th at Noon Corned Beef and Cabbage Luncheon with a Raffle $10 donation for Owls members, $15 for non-members Russian River Senior Resources...
Give-Back Tuesday Gave Back to the Senior Center

Give-Back Tuesday Gave Back to the Senior Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier Having fun and supporting each other at the same time. That’s the way this crowd rolled at The Cattle Company on Give-Back Tuesday for the Senior Center.  The winter storms having passed, for a day or two at least, the happy din of the...