The Empowerment Center

The Empowerment Center

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 with 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

Trans­porta­tion

A shut­tle van is avail­able to mem­bers who have called ahead. The van oper­ates to and from Sebastopol, Forestville, Monte Rio and Rio Nido.

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