Park Village Wish List

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 use your help in...
Senior Peer Counseling

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. Here’s more information about this WCCS...
National Suicide Prevention Week

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. About 75 Sonoma County residents die by suicide each year. This devastating number does...
Walk-in Crisis Counseling in Guerneville

Walk-in Crisis Counseling in Guerneville

Christy  Davila has news about a new walk-in crisis counseling program in Guerneville, from WCCS and Kaiser. Funded by a grant from Kaiser, this program makes free, in-person crisis counseling available on a first-come, first serve walk-in basis. Services are...
Sheds for Hope

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...
WCCS Podcast – Speaking of Death

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.
Congrats to Peer Counseling Grads

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...
Senior Spotlight: Dotty Ruppert

Senior Spotlight: Dotty Ruppert

By Mary Bowers 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. The youngest sadly...
Project Nourish – New Senior Center Kitchen

Project Nourish – New Senior Center Kitchen

Please Donate Today The WCCS board voted last week to finalize plans for Project Nourish, building a full-featured commercial kitchen at the West County Senior Resource Center. This project will accomplish the following: An expanded kitchen, including commercial...
Explaining the Housing First Model

Explaining the Housing First Model

Explaining the “Housing First” Model Christopher Oak Reinier and Roger Coryell 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...
Northwood Mens’ Golf Club Donates $2,750 to the Senior Center

Northwood Mens’ Golf Club Donates $2,750 to the Senior Center

The Northwood Men’s Golf Club held it’s annual Crab Feed and Raffle at the Northwood Lodge January 27th. The event, a benefit for the WCCS Senior Center, sold out. Was a huge success. And the Senior Center received a check for $2750 from the club. Club...
You Are Invited To The Death Cafe

You Are Invited To The Death Cafe

By Christopher Oak Reinier 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. The subject of...
Rob Milton, Adventurous and Grant Writer for WCCS

Rob Milton, Adventurous and Grant Writer for WCCS

By Christopher Oak Reinier Rob Milton likes to hike. Yesterday, far above Guerneville, he watched a doe give birth to a fawn. Just happened upon it. Kind of the story of his life. Rob just sort of happened upon being the grant writer for West County Community...
Pat Jones Helps Our Unhoused Neighbors

Pat Jones Helps Our Unhoused Neighbors

By Christopher Oak Reinier 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. Over time, she has made it her mission to help...
Debra Johnson’s focus as President of the WCCS Board of Directors

Debra Johnson’s focus as President of the WCCS Board of Directors

By Christopher Oak Reinier “We need to help one another.” Debra Johnson, new President of the WCCS Board of Directors, is a very busy person. Busy at many things, including management of the Guerneville and Sebastopol Berkshire Hathaway Sonoma County Properties real...