By Christo­pher Oak Reinier

The WCCS Empow­er­ment Cen­ter is a peer-man­aged cen­ter pro­vid­ing a place for indi­vid­u­als with a his­to­ry of behav­ioral issues to find food, friend­ship, and fam­i­ly-like care. The Cen­ter offers mem­bers the use of phone, com­put­er, T.V., and couch for talk or a time-out.

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A staff of peers pro­vides lunch, orga­nizes activ­i­ties, such as yoga, book club, radio-show pro­duc­tion, field trips, and espe­cial­ly art activ­i­ties, such as air-brush­ing, guest artist instruc­tion, and a Thurs­day after­noon open-art stu­dio.

See the August Cal­en­dar of Activ­i­ties at the Empow­er­ment Cen­ter

There is a dai­ly check-in group, a week­ly men’s group with Paul, an “Imag­ine You” group with Miller, a week­ly group with a licensed Ther­a­pist, Stel­la Mon­day, who also meets by appoint­ment with indi­vid­ual mem­bers.


It is a place to meet oth­ers who have had sim­i­lar issues with life, where prob­lems can be shared, and the bur­den of car­ry­ing on alone can be relieved.

The staff offers guid­ance and resources to mem­bers to help them solve their dai­ly prob­lems, often the kinds of prob­lems that come with home­less­ness.

The Empow­er­ment Cen­ter is not just a drop-in cen­ter.  While it can be a refuge from the street and a place for relax­ation, it focus­es on work and play which will help mem­bers improve the qual­i­ty of their lives.

If you think this is a place that would help you by offer­ing friend­ship, help­ful resources, and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to bet­ter your life, you are invit­ed to vis­it and become a mem­ber dur­ing the hours of 11:30 to 4:30 Mon­day through Thurs­day. The Cen­ter is locat­ed next to the Com­mu­ni­ty Church at 14520 Arm­strong Woods Road, Guerneville.

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If you think you can donate mate­ri­als or mon­ey or some kind of help­ful vol­un­teer time to the work of the Cen­ter, please also stop by for a vis­it.

And ask for Valerie, Adria, Miller, or Cat. They help every­one there make it hap­pen.



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