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...
Readying Homes for the Homeless

Readying Homes for the Homeless

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices is ready­ing three liv­ing units, mobile homes, donat­ed to house chron­i­cal­ly home­less indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in the Sebastopol area. The units are locat­ed in the mobile home Park Vil­lage....
How to Help Troubled Teens and Their Families

How to Help Troubled Teens and Their Families

 By Christopher Oak Reinier        At the September WCCS all-staff meeting, Christy Davila, Director of Counseling, described the Teen Diversion Program she manages. The program, funded by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department, offers...
The Senior Center Matters to Maggie Nelson

The Senior Center Matters to Maggie Nelson

By Christopher Oak Reinier        Maggie has been a member of the Senior Center for about 10 years. Having retired from a successful professional career, she used the exercise classes offered by the Center to stay in shape, and has continued to use...
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,...
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,...
The Senior Center Newsletter, Read the August SCOOP

The Senior Center Newsletter, Read the August SCOOP

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier Get the SCOOP for the news, the resources, and the cal­en­dar of activ­i­ties at the Senior Center. offered to make your life eas­i­er, fuller and more fun. Read The SCOOP At the Senior Cen­ter in August Tues­days Mind­ful Balance...
Night Out at Fife Commons

Night Out at Fife Commons

Shel­li Hendry, the Bur­bank Hous­ing Prop­er­ty Man­ag­er of the Fife Creek Com­mons, with help from Res­i­dent Ser­vices Coor­di­na­tor Phillip Tapia-WCCS, host­ed a Nation­al Night Out event at the Com­mons on Tues­day, August 1st. The pur­pose of the Night-Out...
July All-Staff Meeting.  A Mid-Summer’s Day…

July All-Staff Meeting. A Mid-Summer’s Day…

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier The meet­ing was called to order… for­tu­nate­ly… as there was a frisky-ness, a toothy-ness, a wig­gly-ness amongst the natives. But all did get orga­nized and down to busi­ness, and – Gam report­ed to the group about his...
More than 100  Feasted on the Pig and the Pie

More than 100 Feasted on the Pig and the Pie

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier On Sat­ur­day, July 15, a mul­ti-gen­er­a­tional com­mu­ni­ty of more than 100 gath­ered at the Russ­ian Riv­er Senior Cen­ter to enjoy a roast­ed pig feast, Daryl and the Roast­ers              ...
Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps

Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier Sono­ma Coun­ty Super­vi­sor, Lyn­da Hop­kins, met in Monte Rio recent­ly with the staff of West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices (WCCS) and mem­bers of the Sono­ma Coun­ty Youth Ecol­o­gy Corps.  She want­ed to show her appre­ci­a­tion...
Christy Davila, WCCS Director of Counseling and Behavioral Health

Christy Davila, WCCS Director of Counseling and Behavioral Health

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier Just a brief chat with Christy Davi­la and you will know West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices has found a bright, warm and clear light to show the way fur­ther in its Coun­sel­ing Divi­sion.  She has tak­en the lead this month as WCCS...
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...
Seniors! Get the July SCOOP! The Very Newsy Newsletter.

Seniors! Get the July SCOOP! The Very Newsy Newsletter.

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier Get the SCOOP! Already the first week of July has gone the way of the fire­crack­ers, just the mem­o­ries of col­ors, sounds, fun, some qui­et now.  Ah, but there’s more to do at the Senior Cen­ter!  A Pig and Pie Bar­beque...
WCCS June All-Staff Meeting

WCCS June All-Staff Meeting

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier At the June all-staff meet­ing, Jean­nette Par­ros intro­duced her­self to the staff. She is the new Senior Case Man­ag­er at the Russ­ian Riv­er Senior Cen­ter.  “I see myself as one assist­ing some good peo­ple who just need a...
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...