It’s What We Do
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 they face.
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.
Like many communities up and down the West Coast, Sonoma County is experiencing very high rates of homelessness. In discussions of solutions for this issue, you’ll often hear the term “Housing First.”
This article will help you see how the WCCS staff works in a variety of ways to help the less advantaged in the West County improve the quality of their lives.
People helping each other: the good news we need to know about the human family.
The WCCS staff helps the less advantaged among us learn the skills needed to improve their lives. Rob helps to find the funds which make the staff’s work possible.
“This whole thing is bigger than us individually, and we need to come together to solve it.”
February 16, the Russian River Senior Center hosts a Lunar New Year luncheon. There’s lots of activity, learning, and fun at the Senior Center in February, and the Senior Center SCOOP for February has all the details.
The WCCS Emergency Winter Shelter in Guerneville is open 120 nights for four months from December through March. Crews of community volunteers cook and serve a warm meal each night for the shelter’s visitors.
We touch a lot of different areas in the communities where we work. Here’s a quick look at what we do, and where.
Here’s what we learned recently from our colleague Erica Azimov, who spearheads the WCCS Rapid Re-housing program.
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.Seniors helping seniors.
The Russian River Empowerment Center hosted it’s annual winter solstice feast for members and guests December 21.
“Housing individuals and families is not just about putting a roof over their head.”
Paulette begins to build a community.
We’re All in the Same Boat
The West County Community Services staff held their November all-staff meeting last week. At the monthly meetings, the staff report to each other about their activities. And a member of one of the Divisions will often present information helpful to the work done by all the staff.
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.
Since July of this year, West County Community Services (WCCS) has begun placing a total of eight mobile living units for homeless families and individuals in Park Village in Sebastopol. To date, two homeless families and two homeless persons have been placed in four of the newly added living units in the Park.
Xochi informs the staff
Pictures from the pumpkin carving party!
West County was saved from the worst this time, and wants to help.
“I want to work with people for people.”
Miller: “Art does mirror ourselves.”
WCCS Director of Housing, Dannielle Danforth, found and distributed respiratory masks
Ernie Gets Down Dirty and Wet to Help Provide Homes for the Homeless
WCCS staff report to each other about their work.
“It’s a place where we can kind of acknowledge the fact that we’re still here.”
“The caged bird sings / with a fearful trill / of things unknown / but longed for still /…” Maya Angelou
Empowerment groups, art projects, music, gardening, cooking…
Programs to improve the quality of your life.
The Russian River 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.
Offering activities, events, resources to help you make your life easier and better.
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...
When Jonathan Galicia went to high school in Santa Rosa, he joined a group of classmates helping undocumented immigrant youth make their way in a potentially hostile environment. The friendships he made there inspired him to become a social worker.
Some playfulness, and a lot of work…
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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 ...
“Kids have a tuning fork inside them, and they are needing and wanting someone to strike the right note.” Christy
There will be new and ongoing art projects, with guest artists.