Behavioral Health Programs

Russian River Empowerment Center

14520 Arm­strong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446
Phone: 707–823-1640 ext. 200
See our event cal­en­dar.

Valerie Belote, Pro­gram Man­ag­er
707–823-1640 ext. 207

The Empow­er­ment Center’s mis­sion is to pro­vide a safe haven for peo­ple chron­i­cal­ly chal­lenged by men­tal health issues. We are a mem­ber-dri­ven Peer-Man­aged cen­ter which encour­ages and helps our mem­bers and drop-ins to be involved in the center’s activ­i­ties and deci­sions. There is no fee for mem­ber­ship.

Peer Pow­er
The Empow­er­ment Cen­ter is a peer-oper­at­ed, self-help drop-in cen­ter spon­sored by WCCS for peo­ple with chron­ic men­tal health chal­lenges. Most of our activ­i­ties are pro­vid­ed by our peer staff mem­bers and vol­un­teers. We share what we have learned dur­ing our own indi­vid­ual jour­neys to men­tal health recov­ery. As peer man­agers and coun­selors, we bring to our mem­bers the lessons of our expe­ri­ences. We are able to meet togeth­er on an empa­thet­ic lev­el to work with the issues of men­tal ill­ness. We pro­vide groups and indi­vid­ual coun­sel­ing with pro­fes­sion­al coun­selors, and assist with refer­rals, resources, and peer to peer sup­port in man­ag­ing life’s stress­es.

Coun­sel­ing at the Cen­ter
Mem­ber­ship at the Russ­ian Riv­er Empow­er­ment Cen­ter is open to adults in West Sono­ma Coun­ty, ages 18+, who iden­ti­fy them­selves as some­one who has had a long-term strug­gle with the qual­i­ty of their life due to emo­tion­al or behav­ioral chal­lenges. We offer pro­grams or make refer­rals for:

  • Coun­sel­ing
  • Cri­sis Man­age­ment
  • Home­less­ness
  • Sobri­ety Sup­port
  • Peer to Peer Sup­port
  • Social­iz­ing with Peers
  • Vol­un­teer Activ­i­tiesWe offer both emo­tion­al sup­port and prac­ti­cal assis­tance to indi­vid­u­als. We can refer per­sons who are expe­ri­enc­ing life-dis­rupt­ing emer­gen­cies to appro­pri­ate ser­vices.

Activ­i­ties at the Cen­ter

The Empow­er­ment Cen­ter offers many kinds of activ­i­ties.

  • Art and Craft Work­shops
  • Cook­ing Groups
  • Life-Skills Work­shops
  • Music Jams
  • Yoga
  • Poet­ry Work­shops
  • Radio Record­ing
  • Com­mu­ni­ty Cleanup
  • Beach Trips
  • Hik­ing
  • Cop­ing Work­shops
  • Indi­vid­ual Coun­sel­ing
  • With peer sup­port, we nur­ture:
  • Pos­i­tive Self Worth
  • Recov­ery
  • Self-deter­mi­na­tion
  • Respon­si­bil­i­ty
  • Choice

Van Sched­ule

Noon: Pick up at Guerneville Health Cen­ter

12:15 pm Guerneville Plaza

2 pm Return to town and WCHC as need­ed

4 pm Van leaves for dropoff at Vet’s Hall, plaza, Health Cen­ter

If you have trans­porta­tion needs includ­ed in this sched­ule please call (707) 823‑1640 and we will make adjust­ments if pos­si­ble.