WCCS Honors Senior Peer Counselors

WCCS Honors Senior Peer Counselors

By Chriso­pher Oak Reinier It was an appre­ci­a­tion par­ty for the vol­un­teer Senior Peer Coun­selors at their last group meet­ing last year.  Melis­sa Fike, WCCS Direc­tor of Senior Coun­sel­ing and Vic­ki Wede­gaert­ner, Pro­gram Man­ag­er, host­ed the...
Winter Solstice Feast at the Empowerment Center

Winter Solstice Feast at the Empowerment Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier West County Community Services Empowerment Center hosted it’s annual winter solstice feast for it’s members and guests December 21st. The turkey and all the tasty accompanying dishes were prepared at the Center. While the food was served and...
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...
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...
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.    ...
Mederick Sampas Welcomes Visitors at the Front Desk

Mederick Sampas Welcomes Visitors at the Front Desk

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier Mederick Sampas, can type really fast with two fingers, necessary because of difficulty he has using his whole hands. He’s an artist with a special aptitude for reconstructing wireless devices to create new connections.  And he is...
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 The Pumpkin!  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...
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...
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...
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,...
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 LMFT, Direc­tor of Coun­sel­ing, described the Teen Diver­sion Pro­gram she man­ages. The pro­gram, fund­ed by the Sono­ma Coun­ty Sheriff’s Depart­ment, offers teen offend­ers the...
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,...