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.
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.
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.
We talk with Jon Foye, West County Community Services Program Lead for the California Hope program.
Christy Davila has news about a new walk-in crisis counseling program in Guerneville, from WCCS and Kaiser.
Interview with Christy Davila of West County Community Services about the free programs at Russian River Empowerment Center in Guerneville.
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.
The West County Community Services staff held their November all-staff meeting last week. At the monthly meetings, the staff report to each other about their activities. And a member of one of the Divisions will often present information helpful to the work done by all the staff.
Just to…feel heard…can be helpful.
Xochi informs the staff
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:
Empowerment groups, art projects, music, gardening, cooking…
“Kids have a tuning fork inside them, and they are needing and wanting someone to strike the right note.” Christy
“Make a difference today for someone who’s fighting for their tomorrow.” – Jim Kelly, retired pro football player who struggled through many personal tragedies.
“I was very pleased with my peer counselor who was clearly well trained…”
“It’s such a great forum for the women.”
To help troubled seniors transition to a better place in life…