Tim Miller, reflects on his first year.

Tim Miller, reflects on his first year.

 How’s your first year been?  “Busy and eventful,” Tim Miller responds. He was appointed a year ago as Executive Director of West County Community Services, this multi-service Agency, which was founded in 1975 to support the under-served people of Western Sonoma...
Seniors! Don’t Miss the June SCOOP!

Seniors! Don’t Miss the June SCOOP!

By Christopher Oak Reinier The June SCOOP has it all. With dates and times. With tips and resources that might be helpful. Read the SCOOP, and call Vicki Halstead if you need more details about the activities and events. 707-869-0618 At the Senior Center in June:...
Danny Lerma, has a special gift.

Danny Lerma, has a special gift.

By Christopher Oak Reinier Danny Lerma, Hairstylist Extraordinaire at the Russian River Senior Center! A shave and a haircut, two-bits!  O yeh!  But this is even better!  It’s free! and it’s a quality do!  Danny Lerma was a hairstylist in San Antonio, Texas.  And, it...
WCCS Staff meet at Senior Center

WCCS Staff meet at Senior Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier     For the last four months WCCS staff have been working out of temporary offices at the east end of Main Street in Guerneville, and sometimes at other hospitable locations, such as the Senior Center. They have learned they will be able to...
Jennifer Hervey, WCCS Employment Services Specialist

Jennifer Hervey, WCCS Employment Services Specialist

          How to get a job is not something everyone automatically knows.  It is often an intimidating and complicated process. Most of Jennifer Hervey’s SonomaWorks temporary aid clients come from a history of poverty, a broken educational system, a...
The Rains have Ended and the Emergency Shelter Has Closed

The Rains have Ended and the Emergency Shelter Has Closed

By Christopher Oak Reinier Dannielle Danforth, WCCS Director of Housing and Behavioral Health Services, has established and overseen the operation of the Emergency Homeless Shelter in Guerneville for the past two years.  Located in the Guerneville Vets Building, the...
WCCS Staff Meet to Share the Work

WCCS Staff Meet to Share the Work

By Christopher Oak Reinier The staff of the West County Community Services met together last week to share with each other what they are doing and the goals toward which they are collectively working.  Among the many topics for April: Dannielle reported on the closure...
Melissa Fike, WCCS Director of Senior Adult Counseling

Melissa Fike, WCCS Director of Senior Adult Counseling

By Christopher Oak Reinier Melissa Fike, MFT, received a Masters Degree in Education with a focus in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard. After moving to San Diego, she earned a Masters Degree in Counseling from San Diego State, obtained a Marriage and...
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...
The Senior Center SCOOP for April – It’s full of things to do

The Senior Center SCOOP for April – It’s full of things to do

The SCOOP Free Hair cuts every Tuesday, a walking group every Tuesday, Golf every Wednesday, lunch every Wednesday and Friday, Yoga every Wednesday, movie on Tues April 25, volunteer honor luncheon Thursday April 27, and in May, Derby Day Saturday May 6. So much more...
WCCS staff meet to share their work

WCCS staff meet to share their work

By Christopher Oak Reinier At the March all-staff meeting, the WCCS staff got some very good news. They learned that the City of Sebastopol has agreed to fund service by WCCS to a joint housing and supportive services project at Village Mobile Home Park in Sebastopol....
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...
Vicki Halstead, Manager of the Senior Center

Vicki Halstead, Manager of the Senior Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier Vicki Halstead, was a kindergarten teacher for 21 years. That ought to be good experience for managing a Senior Center, where members know it is okay, in fact, it’s good to be “forever young”.  But now, in all their senior-wisdom, they play...
WCCS Youth Program Sponsors a 3 on 3 Basketball Ball Tournament

WCCS Youth Program Sponsors a 3 on 3 Basketball Ball Tournament

By Vivian Diaz Over twenty local youth participated in the River Hoops 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, held Saturday, March 11, at the El Molino High School Gym in Forestville. Youth from all backgrounds played in a total of four 7 minute games against one another. The...
Emily Heinzelman,  the Work She Does

Emily Heinzelman, the Work She Does

Emily Heinzelman has been working for West County Community Services for ten years. She shakes her head at the length of time she’s been helping high school students with disabilities to find employment upon graduation, providing support services for residents in...
Phillip Tapia, Supportive Services Case Manager

Phillip Tapia, Supportive Services Case Manager

By Christopher Oak Reinier A resident at one of the homes serviced by West County Community Services had cancer. She was not able to pay her medical and other expenses. Phillip Tapia, Supportive Services Case Manager, helped her find a non-profit that assists...
It’s What We Do – Ch.3 – She made it happen.  We helped.

It’s What We Do – Ch.3 – She made it happen. We helped.

Senior Success Story (One of Many) by Gam Caldwell, MS & MA, Employment Services Specialist.   I’ve been conducting Computer Classes for seniors (62+ years old) for almost a year here at the Main Street Office of West County Community Services.  I offer...