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 promise are born.

The Empow­er­ment Cen­ter has been set­tling in for the new year with some changes in the staff. Christy Davi­la, the new WCCS Direc­tor of Coun­sel­ing and Behav­ioral Health, will be over­see­ing the Cen­ter. Valerie Bel­lotte will be the Man­ag­er of the Cen­ter; Miller Phoenix, the Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor.

pic of Valerie Belotte

Valerie, The Man­ag­er

With the help of oth­er staff mem­bers and vol­un­teers, they have intro­duced sev­er­al new activ­i­ties. On Mon­days, Paul’s Men’s Group and Miller’s group, “Imag­ine You”, focused on improv­ing self-image, will meet at the Cen­ter. A group from the Cen­ter will also par­tic­i­pate in riv­er cleanup with the Clean Riv­er Alliance.

pic of Miller Phoenix

Miller, the Pro­gram Coor­di­na­tor

On Tues­days, the Book Club, Yoga, and Air­brush Art with Peter will con­tin­ue. On Wednes­days a new group will work in the gar­den, har­vest food from it, pre­pare meals from the pro­duce, and eat there­of. Thurs­day after­noons will be ded­i­cat­ed to new and ongo­ing art projects, with guest artists.

Adria, Pro­gram Assis­tant

A coast field trip is planned for Thurs­day, the 13th.

pic of girl named Cat with vacuum

Cat get­ting it clean

The Cen­ter will be chang­ing the times it will be active. It will be open now from Mon­day through Thurs­day each week. Its hours will also be dif­fer­ent. The Cen­ter will open from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm Mon­day through Thurs­day.

Peter with the air brush

As the gar­den is com­ing to new life, so is the Empow­er­ment Cen­ter. There’s a fresh and promis­ing ener­gy. It’s a new year at the Cen­ter where each day is a new oppor­tu­ni­ty to improve the qual­i­ty of life.

The Empow­er­ment Cen­ter is locat­ed at 14520 Arm­strong Woods Road, Guerneville.  Phone: 707 823‑1640 ext 404