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


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