At the Empowerment Center

At the Empowerment Center

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, computer, T.V., and couch for talk or a time-out. A...
The Senior Center Newsletter, Read the August SCOOP

The Senior Center Newsletter, Read the August SCOOP

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 Walking Group On the 15th – “Tell...
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 event is to build more...
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 work. He helps...
More than 100  Feasted on the Pig and the Pie

More than 100 Feasted on the Pig and the Pie

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 and encouragement for the...
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 Director of...
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 all their innocence and...
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 on Saturday, July...
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 little help along their...
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 are the members...
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...