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...
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...
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,...
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 LMFT 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...
Safeway Sponsors Food Donations for WCCS Programs

Safeway Sponsors Food Donations for WCCS Programs

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier      Rob Mil­ton, WCCS Fund­ing Pro­grams Devel­op­er, greets Safe­way cus­tomers to inform them of the food dri­ve which Safe­way is spon­sor­ing.  Safe­way has ded­i­cat­ed the month of June to the “Bag Sum­mer Hunger”...
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...
Need a Summer Job?

Need a Summer Job?

Join our sum­mer crew! Work out­side, learn about the envi­ron­ment, con­tribute to your com­mu­ni­ty, and have fun while you earn mon­ey. Space is lim­it­ed! Apply before May 31 Are you ages 16–18 years old? Does your fam­i­ly receive TANF (cash aid)? Been in fos­ter...
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...
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...
Basket Ball Tournament at El Molino this Saturday, March 11

Basket Ball Tournament at El Molino this Saturday, March 11

There is room for two more teams! But if you can’t play, be sure to be there for a fun night of local bas­ket­ball AGES 16–24 Date: March 11, 2017 Loca­tion: El Moli­no High School Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM 8 Teams – Sin­gle Elim­i­na­tion $20 Par­tic­i­pa­tion Fee/Team $3...
WCCS Staff Meet to Report and Plan

WCCS Staff Meet to Report and Plan

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier The staff of West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices meet month­ly to report their work to each oth­er, share their expe­ri­ences and knowl­edge, and assist each oth­er in fur­ther plan­ning.  Serv­ing the dis­ad­van­taged and more...
Social Isolation, A Hidden Epidemic

Social Isolation, A Hidden Epidemic

(Pic­ture cred­it: Damon Winter/The New York Times, Arti­cle from THE NEW YORK TIMES) Human Touch — How Social Iso­la­tion Is Killing Us by Dhruv Khullar DEC. 22, 2016 Social iso­la­tion is a grow­ing epi­dem­ic, one that’s increas­ing­ly rec­og­nized as hav­ing dire...
Happy Holiday at the Senior Center’s Christmas lunch.

Happy Holiday at the Senior Center’s Christmas lunch.

Good food, good com­pa­ny, good gifts! the raf­fle was good!  It was a Good Time! Tim Miller, WCCS Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, announced that the mon­ey had been suc­cess­ful­ly raised for the ren­o­va­tion of the Senior Cen­ter kitchen.  The work is sched­uled...
Project Nourish: Seniors and Youth at “the cutting edge.”

Project Nourish: Seniors and Youth at “the cutting edge.”

By Christo­pher Oak Reinier A mod­ern, com­mer­cial teach­ing kitchen will soon be under con­struc­tion at the Russ­ian Riv­er Senior Cen­ter as WCCS has raised $102,000 of its $110,00 project goal . We want to thank for their gen­er­ous sup­port: Wine Coun­try...