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...
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...
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...
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...
Generous Volunteers Serve Dinner at the Winter Shelter

Generous Volunteers Serve Dinner at the Winter Shelter

By Christopher Oak Reinier The WCCS Emergency Winter Shelter in Guerneville is open 120 nights for four months from December through March. This year the shelter is providing warmth and bedding for an average of fifty individuals from 5 pm to 7 am each night. And...
Erica Reports to WCCS staff about the Rapid Re-Housing Program

Erica Reports to WCCS staff about the Rapid Re-Housing Program

By Christopher Oak Reinier Erica Azimov, WCCS’ Rapid Re-Housing Case Manager, described the program to her fellow staff members at the all-staff meeting on Wednesday, January 24. The program is funded with money previously intended for a permanent homeless...
WCCS Honors Senior Peer Counselors

WCCS Honors Senior Peer Counselors

By Christopher Oak Reinier 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. Without the generosity and skills of...
Erica Azimov, WCCS, Helping to House the Vulnerable

Erica Azimov, WCCS, Helping to House the Vulnerable

Erica Azimov began working in November as the WCCS Rapid Rehousing Case Manager. The Rapid Rehousing program focuses on finding permanent housing for homeless families and individual in the lower Russia River area. Erica holds a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly and...
Santa Stops by Park Village

Santa Stops by Park Village

By Christopher Oak Reinier Some thirty residents of Park Village gathered for a holiday dinner this week. Paulette Hall, WCCS Senior Case Manager, put up a canopy, decorated it, and offered up a spread of tasty turkey with all the trimmings. Then Santa, delighting the...
Melissa Fike, MFT, Discusses “Boundaries” with the WCCS Staff

Melissa Fike, MFT, Discusses “Boundaries” with the WCCS Staff

By Christopher Oak Reinier 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. A WCCS team member will often present information helpful to the work...
The Emergency Shelter Has Opened for the Winter

The Emergency Shelter Has Opened for the Winter

By Christopher Oak Reinier Dannielle Danforth, Director of Housing and Homeless Services for West County Community Services, opened the Emergency Shelter for the homeless at the Veterans Hall in Guerneville on Saturday, December 2. Dannielle has given daily management...
What To Do About Emotional Trauma From the Fire

What To Do About Emotional Trauma From the Fire

By Christopher Oak Reinier WCCS staff at the October all-staff meeting learned about the emotional trauma any one of us might be experiencing from the recent fires. Xochi Lubin-Amaya, WCCS Youth Services Counselor in West County schools, assembled and...
Pumpkin Carving Time at Fife Creek Commons

Pumpkin Carving Time at Fife Creek Commons

By Christopher Oak Reinier Phillip Tapia, West County Community Services Housing Case Manager, provides supportive services for residents of 48 living units at Fife Creek Commons, a Burbank Housing apartment complex in Guerneville. Of the 93 children — babies...
October WCCS All-Staff Meeting – Onward

October WCCS All-Staff Meeting – Onward

By Christopher Oak Reinier The West County Community Services staff met Wednesday, Oct. 25, to report to each other about their work.  The losses and disruptions caused by the fires still heavy on the hearts. Jonathan, Youth Services, reported an 80% success rate in...
Keena Finds a Path to the Work She Wants to Do

Keena Finds a Path to the Work She Wants to Do

By Christopher Oak Reinier Keena Mares wanted work, but didn’t know what she could do. Couldn’t find anything. A family member had heard about West County Community Services. She met Vivian Diaz and Paulette Hall, WCCS youth services coordinators. “I was excited to...
Only Smoke in the West, But It Was Toxic Smoke

Only Smoke in the West, But It Was Toxic Smoke

By Christopher Oak Reinier West County has been lucky. It has not been touched by the flaming breath of the Monster Conflagration that has devoured so many homes and businesses throughout the county. But West County Community Services has had its work to do on the...