Russian River Empowerment Center

Russian River Empowerment Center

The Russian River Empowerment Center is now officially at their new location in Monte Rio! Our new location is 9925 Main Street, Monte Rio. Temporary hours are Monday and Wednesday, 11:30 am-4:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 pm-4:30pm.
We are sorry, but NO pets allowed.

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Our Mission

“To provide a safe place for people chronically challenged by behavioral health issues to work on their mental health recovery.”

Peer Power

The Empowerment Center is a peer-operated, self-help center sponsored by WCCS for people with chronic mental health challenges. Our activities are provided by our members, peer-staff members and volunteers from the community.
We share what we have learned during our own individual journeys to mental health recovery. As peer members, we bring information and experiences to help support one another in addressing our mental health challenges.

We facilitate groups that provide opportunities to learn about and discuss a certain topic and to learn and build skills in a particular area of mental wellness. Activities provide an opportunity for Members to work on a creative project as a part of a group.

Our workshops are offered in a series of specified sessions in which our members have the opportunity to learn in depth about a particular area of mental health and to gain information and resources to utilize for their recovery.

Activities, Groups, and Workshops

  • The Empowerment Center offers:
  • Art and Craft Workshops
  •  Life-Skills Workshops
  •  Music Jams
  •  T’ai Chi Ch’uan
  • Radio Recording
  • Community Cleanup
  • Beach Trips
  • Coping Workshops

Peer Power

With peer support, we nurture:

  • Positive Self Image
  • Recovery
  • Self-determination
  • Responsibility
  • Choice

Who We Serve

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:

  • Crisis Management
  • Skill Building
  • Coping Strategies
  • Peer to Peer Support
  • Socializing Skills
  • Volunteer Activities


We offer both emotional support and a variety of opportunities to work on one’s mental and behavioral health and recovery. We can refer persons who are experiencing life-disrupting emergencies to appropriate services.

The Empowerment Center is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).



Christy Davila, LMFT 102201
Director of Counseling and Behavioral Health
(707) 823-1640 ext 391
(530) 513-7832 (cell)