Senior Peer Counseling

Senior Peer Counseling

  John is a volunteer Senior Peer Counselor in Sonoma County. He gives us a quick description of the program, and talks about how it helps both clients and volunteers, and builds community. Here’s more information about this WCCS...
WCCS Podcast – Speaking of Death

WCCS Podcast – Speaking of Death

Roger Coryell interviews Tess Lorraine, who facilitates “Speaking of Death” cafes at Russian River Senior Center, on the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m.
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...
Senior Spotlight: Dotty Ruppert

Senior Spotlight: Dotty Ruppert

By Mary Bowers Dottie was born in 1938 in Brooklyn to Dorothy and John Comer, both of Irish-Catholic descent. She had three younger (thankfully…gave her a fighting chance!) brothers…2 years, 5 years and 6.5 years younger, respectively. The youngest sadly...
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...
Northwood Mens’ Golf Club Donates $2,750 to the Senior Center

Northwood Mens’ Golf Club Donates $2,750 to the Senior Center

The Northwood Men’s Golf Club held it’s annual Crab Feed and Raffle at the Northwood Lodge January 27th. The event, a benefit for the WCCS Senior Center, sold out. Was a huge success. And the Senior Center received a check for $2750 from the club. Club...
You Are Invited To The Death Cafe

You Are Invited To The Death Cafe

By Christopher Oak Reinier Being invited to the Death Café could feel a little strange. Is it going to be good? Yes, a Death Cafe is a positive place, a get-together for the purpose of talking about death in a comfortable setting over food and drink. The subject of...
Scott Reid Teaches Memoir Writing to Seniors

Scott Reid Teaches Memoir Writing to Seniors

By Christopher Oak Reinier Scott Reid, teaches a Santa Rosa College Older Adults extension class in memoir-writing. He does it at the WCCS Senior Center in Guerneville. The well attended class, “Writing your Life”, meets every Tuesday at the Center from 2...
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...
White Elephant Delivers to the Seniors’ Holiday Lunch

White Elephant Delivers to the Seniors’ Holiday Lunch

On Thursday, December 21, fifty members and guests of the Russian River Senior Center celebrated the holiday season with a White Elephant gifting lunch. Food was delicious. Gifts were abundant. And the company was jolly and...
Melissa Fike: Helping Struggling Seniors

Melissa Fike: Helping Struggling Seniors

By Christopher Oak Reinier        “We see people who have had really hard lives. You combine poverty with aging, health decline, and isolation and you have a formula for serious depression and suicide. We deal with people who need more contact but usually don’t have...
Thanksgiving at the Senior Center

Thanksgiving at the Senior Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier Four turkeys, cranberry jelly, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, salads, pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top. Twenty members prepared most of the food in their kitchens at home, roasted three of the turkeys, and...
It’s the November Senior Center SCOOP!

It’s the November Senior Center SCOOP!

By Christopher Oak Reinier Click HERE to read the November newsletter, the SCOOP. You won’t want to miss the Thanksgiving Lunch at the Senior Center: Thursday, November 16. On Monday, November 20th at 1:30 the Senior Center will host the first meeting of the...
Wine Country Fire Community Support

Wine Country Fire Community Support

For Sonoma County residents displaced by the fires and re-locating to West County, West County Community Services stands ready to provide the following support to our neighbors in need: Mental Health and Emotional Support Feelings of grief, guilt, and fear are common...
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 them even after...
Friends Gave Back to the Senior Center

Friends Gave Back to the Senior Center

By Christopher Oak Reinier Tuesday evening the Cattle Company was packed with regulars and friends of the West County Community Services Senior Center . It was “Give-Back Tuesday”.  All the money earned from the dinner and the raffle went to support the...