WCCS Podcast – Speaking of Death

WCCS Podcast – Speaking of Death

Roger Coryell interviews Tess Lorraine, who facilitates “Speaking of Death” cafes at Russian River Senior Center, on the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m.

Congrats to Peer Counseling Grads

Congrats to Peer Counseling Grads

Congratulations to our 9 new Senior Peer Counselors who graduated on May 1st, 2018! We recruit and train seniors as peer counselors to work with other seniors who are struggling with issues of aging and need support in navigating the many challenges and transitions they face.

Senior Spotlight: Dotty Ruppert

Senior Spotlight: Dotty Ruppert

Dottie was born in 1938 in Brooklyn to Dorothy and John Comer, both of Irish-Catholic descent. She had three younger (thankfully…gave her a fighting chance!) brothers…2 years, 5 years and 6.5 years younger, respectively.

Explaining the Housing First Model

Explaining the Housing First Model

Like many communities up and down the West Coast, Sonoma County is experiencing very high rates of homelessness. In discussions of solutions for this issue, you’ll often hear the term “Housing First.”

You Are Invited To The Death Cafe

You Are Invited To The Death Cafe

Being invited to the Death Café could feel a little strange. Is it going to be good? Yes, a Death Cafe is a positive place, a get-together for the purpose of talking about death in a comfortable setting over food and drink.

Director’s Corner, December 2017

As the weather turns cold and the winter rains begin, we think of those less fortunate than ourselves. More than 5,100 local homes were lost to the October fires, 10,000+ Sonoma County residents are looking for a permanent place to stay, and we struggle to understand...
Park Village Housing Project Success Story

Park Village Housing Project Success Story

WCCS has housed its first four previously homeless families in quality used RVs in Sebastopol’s Park Village. Two additional RV’s are now on site and already identified families or individuals will move in by mid-November. Park Village is a joint venture with the City...
Director’s Corner – November

Director’s Corner – November

This fall it was fires, last winter it was floods. Each year we seem tested and, as a community, every year we respond for each other. With your support, West County Community Services (WCCS) continues to grow and focus its efforts to empower our youth in search of...
Wine Country Fire Community Support

Wine Country Fire Community Support

For Sonoma County residents displaced by the fires and re-locating to West County, West County Community Services stands ready to provide the following support to our neighbors in need:

News from the County

News from the County

It’s back to the drawing board for plans to purchase a five-bedroom home in Guerneville to be used as permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals. The County’s due diligence process includes an appraisal, and the County says the appraisal results don’t support the proposed purchase price. Here’s the official statement.

Housing: Notice of Public Hearing

Housing: Notice of Public Hearing

The Sonoma County Community Development Committee will hold a public hearing to identify housing and community development needs and priorities and review the proposed Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Capital Projects and Economic Development Federal Funding Policies for...

Housing and Helath

There’s a clear relationship between good housing and good health. Want to learn more?

Hearts of Sonoma

Hearts of Sonoma County is a cardiovascular disease risk reduction initiative, that seeks to achieve access to high-value, well-coordinated, patient-centered care for all Sonoma County residents. The goal of the CRR-Million Hearts initiative is to prevent heart...
Forward Together: Op-ed Piece from GSD, WCHS, and WCCS

Forward Together: Op-ed Piece from GSD, WCHS, and WCCS

The lower Russian River has a history of tolerance and commitment to one another. Distant from the county center and without elected municipal representation, Guerneville and our other river communities have evolved as unique islands of creativity and acceptance. The...

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...
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 65 current residents of Village Mobile Home Park, as well as for an additional eight homeless or precariously housed Sebastopol-area families.

Feburary Note from Tim

Floods, rain, stormy weather. The past several weeks have been full of challenges. But we responded as a community and took care of each other. Our Empowerment Center and Senior Center were cut off for a time but reopened quickly to serve our clients and friends. Our...

An Opportunity to Be Thankful

My family and friends will cook dinner at the Winter Shelter in Guerneville. We will be one of dozens of local community businesses, families, non-profit organizations and place of faith that, during this holiday season, volunteer their time and resources to help some...
Free Youth Employment Workshop Series

Free Youth Employment Workshop Series

West County Community services presents a free youth employment workshop series. These workshops take place Wednesday October through December, from 4-5 p.m. at the WCCS offices.