Job Posting: Empowerment Center Program Manager

Job Posting: Empowerment Center Program Manager

Title: Empowerment Center Manager Program: Consumer Self Help – Empowerment Center Reports To: Counseling & Behavioral Health Division Director FLSA Status: Non-Exempt HOURS: 0.85 FTE (34 hours/week) Apply to: Christy.Davila@westcountyservices.org Job summary We...
Winter Solstice Feast at the Empowerment Center

Winter Solstice Feast at the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier West County Community Services Empowerment Center hosted it’s annual winter solstice feast for members and guests December 21. The turkey and all the tasty accompanying dishes were prepared at the Center. While the food was served and...
Members Meet at the Empowerment Center

Members Meet at the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier We could adopt a creek. They’re already doing that. We want to get us some recognition. Could go around, clean the streets, plant flowers. What would you like to see done here? Sell our art. Who gets the money? Good question. Number one: We...
Empowerment Center Artists Show Their Work

Empowerment Center Artists Show Their Work

By Christopher Oak Reinier Miller Pheonix is excited about the art that will be displayed in the art show at WCCS’ Empowerment Center and at Coffee Bazaar. The show, “Who Are You?” will have an Opening at the Empowerment Center, 14520 Armstrong Woods Road,...
Russ Talks about the Empowerment Center

Russ Talks about the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier Yeh, it took awhile − little by little − all changes come gradually. You keep coming in, and one day you think, hey, I’m not depressed, what happened?  I’m not pissed off at the world, what happened? The Empowerment Center is what happened....
Poetry and Healing at the Empowerment Center

Poetry and Healing at the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier “The caged bird sings / with a fearful trill / of things unknown / but longed for still / and his tune is heard / on the distant hill / for the caged bird / sings of freedom.” —  Maya Angelou At the WCCS Empowerment Center, Ernesto and...
Grateful Bob Talks about his Work

Grateful Bob Talks about his Work

By Christopher Oak Reinier Grateful Bob is a regular participant at the West County Community Services Empowerment Center, a peer-managed Center for individuals who are trying to heal from a history of mental and behavioral problems. I’m on a mission from God, a real...
At the Empowerment Center

At the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier The WCCS Empowerment Center is a peer-managed center providing a place for individuals with a history of behavioral issues to find food, friendship, and family-like care. The Center offers members the use of phone, computer, T.V., and couch...
A New Year at the Empowerment Center

A New Year at the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier   Agencies like West County Community Services have what might be called an Agency’s New Year. It’s the beginning of the new Fiscal Year, when old budgets scratch their beards and turn away and new budgets with all their innocence and...
A Garden Grows at the Empowerment Center

A Garden Grows at the Empowerment Center

Cynthia in the garden By Christopher Oak Reinier Parsely, Sage, Rosemary and… Tomatoes… And spinach, and lettuce.  And the delicacies go from garden to the savory lunches being served at the Empowerment Center. The gardeners and the cooks are the members...
It’s Happening at the Empowerment Center in April

It’s Happening at the Empowerment Center in April

April at the Empowerment Center (Click to Read Calendar) Tuesdays: Yoga with Birdwoman, Herbs with Adria and Vegetarian Cooking Class, Prep for Radio Show Wednesdays: PTS Support Group, Record OEH Radio, Members’ Meeting on the 19th Thursdays:Community Clean-up...
Valerie Belote, Peer One at the Empowerment Center

Valerie Belote, Peer One at the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier Valerie Belote had just come from a meeting of the Member Advisory Council when I sat down with her at a table in the sun, the glorious sun, in the yard outside the Empowerment Center. The Council members are restructuring the programs...
Adria, Program Assistant and Host at the Empowerment Center

Adria, Program Assistant and Host at the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier Adria Fournel, Program Assistant at the WCCS Empowerment Center, grew up by the Russian River, grew through a difficult childhood, complicated by a congenital problem with her knees, making it necessary for her to use crutches to walk.  “I...
Social Isolation, A Hidden Epidemic

Social Isolation, A Hidden Epidemic

(Picture credit: Damon Winter/The New York Times, Article from THE NEW YORK TIMES) Human Touch – How Social Isolation Is Killing Us by Dhruv Khullar DEC. 22, 2016 Social isolation is a growing epidemic, one that’s increasingly recognized as having dire physical,...
A Brief Description of What Is Happening at the Empowerment Center

A Brief Description of What Is Happening at the Empowerment Center

Managed by peers who have lived the life, the ups and the downs of emotional challenges, the Empowerment Center offers programs and activities through which its members and drop-in visitors gain companionship, guidance, and support in their daily life.  You can read...
At the Empowerment Center

At the Empowerment Center

Ted Fox, the great homeless advocate, has passed away. The bridge is closed to cars, But there many interesting and helpful activities in the works at the Empowerment Center this October. You can read the news and a calendar of October’s activities in the...