West County Community Services Blog

This is devastating… but our recovery has begun.

This is devastating. Thousands of people have been displaced and trying to find their way forward. With three of five offices underwater in Guerneville and Sebastopol, WCCS moved the Guerneville shelter to Santa Rosa and with our County partners sheltered...

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Local Assistance Center Opens March 3 in Guerneville

Residents impacted by winter storms and floods can access recovery services and resources at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) which will be open on Sunday, March 3 from noon-6 p.m., at the former Bank of America Building, 16390 Main St., Guerneville. The LAC will...

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An Olympian Success

Michelle’s is a story of struggle and success. She had been homeless on and off for over 10 years. She was a mother, an Olympic skier, and a model. After a severe accident left her with brain damage, she tried to continue to live her life and became homeless living on the streets of Guerneville and in shelters.

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Introducing Kira

Kira McMillen of Guerneville stars in two roles at West County Community Services. She first came to WCCS through the Youth Education and Employment Services program to learn administrative, computer and other professional skills at the agency’s front desk. Kira also has joined Project Nourish, a job training and intergenerational learning program at the Russian River Senior Center. More…

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Better Housing Means Better Health in Sebastopol

Monica and her husband and two children moved into Park Village in June. They never imagined they would lack housing. Both parents had stable employment and lived happily in Graton for 4 years. When their landlord gave them 60 days to move, they had no idea how their lives would change.

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Park Village Wish List

We have purchased a new community building for our homeless housing project in Sebastopol, Park Village. It will be used to provide a meeting room, community center, computer and training facility, and an office for our Case Manager. We could...

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Senior Peer Counseling

John is a volunteer Senior Peer Counselor in Sonoma County. He gives us a quick description of the program, and talks about how it helps both clients and volunteers, and builds community.

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National Suicide Prevention Week

September 9 – 15 is National Suicide Prevention Week, to spread awareness about the warning signs of suicide and to offer support to those who have lost someone to suicide. Here are some resources.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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