West County Community Services Blog

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...

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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...

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Case Manager-Housing and Homeless Services, Sebastopol

Job summary 1.0 FTE with benefits. $19-21 DOE Under the general direction of the Director of Housing and Homeless Services, this position will provide intensive individual case management and crisis intervention support services to clients living in permanent...

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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.

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Summer Jobs for 16-24

Looking for a cool summer job? The Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps is a program looking for young people who want to earn money while working outside and learning about the environment.

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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.

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Adventures for Kids 2018

For the last 27 years Adventures for Kids, a summer recreation and family support program has provided West County youth and families with many opportunities to explore nature, develop friendships, create new experiences, and just plain relax and HAVE FUN! Come join...

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Spring Cleaning Day at Park Village

Park Village, our housing community in Sebastopol, is organizing a spring clean up day and a garden work party for April 28, and recruiting volunteers. It’s part of Sebastopol’s city-wide “lend a hand” day.

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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.”

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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.

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Pat Jones Helps Our Unhoused Neighbors

Pat Jones has had the kind of experience necessary to manage the WCCS Emergency Shelter for the homeless in Guerneville. She has been doing outreach work for homeless veterans for twenty years.

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WCCS Honors Senior Peer Counselors

Melissa Fike, WCCS Director of Senior Counseling and Vicki Wedegaertner, Program Manager, hosted an appreciation party for the volunteer Senior Peer Counselors at their last group meeting of the year.Seniors helping seniors.

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Paulette Brings her Dazzling Smile and Caring Strength to Park Village

Since July of this year, West County Community Services (WCCS) has begun placing a total of eight mobile living units for homeless families and individuals in Park Village in Sebastopol. To date, two homeless families and two homeless persons have been placed in four of the newly added living units in the Park.

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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...

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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...

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