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...
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...
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,...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
At the Empowerment Center, Miller Phoenix:  Artist, Chef, Clown, Friend

At the Empowerment Center, Miller Phoenix: Artist, Chef, Clown, Friend

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier “I make art when I can’t gath­er the words to say.” Nik­ki Row “Art can per­me­ate the very deep­est part of us, where no words exist.” Eileen Miller “At the deep­est lev­el, the cre­ative process and the heal­ing process arise from a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...