By Christo­pher Oak Reinier

At the June all-staff meet­ing, Jean­nette Par­ros intro­duced her­self to the staff. She is the new Senior Case Man­ag­er at the Russ­ian Riv­er Senior Cen­ter.  “I see myself as one assist­ing some good peo­ple who just need a lit­tle help along their way.” Paulette Hall has been intro­duc­ing Jean­nette to her clients, as Paulette leaves to become Senior Case Man­ag­er at Park Vil­lage in Sebastopol.

The WCCS project at Park Vil­lage is over­seen by Dan­nielle Dan­forth, WCCS Direc­tor of Hous­ing. She report­ed that Brady Osborn has been appoint­ed the Prop­er­ty Man­ag­er there. WCCS will be offer­ing its ser­vices to about 60 low-income res­i­dents in 17 exist­ing liv­ing units and it will be devel­op­ing eight more res­i­den­tial units to accom­mo­date present­ly home­less fam­i­lies. Paulette’s focus there will be to cre­ate a sense of com­mu­ni­ty among the res­i­dents.

Lau­ra is pro­mot­ing the Pig and Pie event, to hap­pen on Sat­ur­day, July 15. Local celebs will judge the pies. WCCS’ good friend, Daryl Bush­gen, will be serv­ing up his leg­endary BBQ’d ribs. Each WCCS Depart­ment will have a car­ni­val type game at a booth that will help to inform what sevices the depart­ment pro­vides. Lau­ra is hop­ing to have a dunk tank at the event. We’ll see.

Valerie Belotte, Man­ag­er of the Empow­er­ment Cen­ter, with Miller Pheonix and Adria Four­nel, report­ed on increased mem­ber­ship and  revi­tal­ized ener­gy that has 20 to 30 indi­vid­u­als a day work­ing in the gar­den, doing art projects, attend­ing ther­a­py groups, cook­ing, mak­ing music, work­ing on com­put­ers, and just hang­ing out togeth­er. They are putting an increased empha­sis on going beyond “just sur­viv­ing” to improv­ing the member’s qual­i­ty of life. “People’s lives are chang­ing.”pic of staff meeting

Jen­nifer Her­vey and Gam Cald­well con­tin­ue find­ing work for “employ­ment chal­lenged” clients. Each suc­cess is cel­e­brat­ed. Melissa’s Senior Peer Coun­sel­ing pro­gram con­tin­ues its excel­lent work. Youth pro­grams are shift­ing from school to sum­mer activ­i­ties.

Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Tim Miller, has been meet­ing with coun­ty lead­ers of com­mu­ni­ty ser­vices, who have come to Guerneville to see what and how WCCS is doing. Empow­er­ing peo­ple one per­son at a time.