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...
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...
WCCS needs Travel Trailers, RV’s for Homeless Housing in Sebastopol

WCCS needs Travel Trailers, RV’s for Homeless Housing in Sebastopol

West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices (WCCS) is an expe­ri­enced, licensed, non-prof­it, human ser­vices agency (501c3) in Sono­ma Coun­ty oper­at­ing a pro­gram designed and fund­ed to pro­vide shel­ter and sup­port­ive care to peo­ple who would oth­er­wise be...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...