Dorothy Vyenielo

Dorothy Vyenielo

Our dear friend and colleague, Dorothy Vyenielo, passed away peacefully on 6/22/18. She lived 90+ years on this planet and her gifts to the world were many. We were blessed to have her volunteering with our Senior Peer Counseling program for over 20 years. Her feisty...
Sheds for Hope

Sheds for Hope

Here are a few photos of our CCP Crisis Counselors building Sheds for Hope in Santa Rosa this week. 100 sheds were built for people who lost their homes. CCP is a FEMA-funded program to help folks impacted by last year’s wildfires.
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...