The Sonoma County Gazette: Community News Magazine
Sonoma County Gazette
Subscribe
| more

Photo Gallery

Creating More Unity in the Community

thumb_2_Libertad-Community-Center-600.jpg

Creating More Unity in the Community

Libertad Community Center began in order to provide a place where people from all walks of life can gather and learn from each other, heal from past trauma, and create new skills that will allow them to contribute to our/their community in a way that will provide them with a sense of purpose and fulfillment in life. In this uncertain political climate for many it seems an ideal time to reinforce the importance of coming together in a positive atmosphere. The center was started by Reina Baez, a licensed marriage and family therapist inspired by what she saw in the Guerneville community. She found that it truly embodied a spirit of inclusion and community that she had not seen in many of the places that she had travelled or lived in. A s a bilingual mental health provider born in Puerto Rico and passionate about serving the Latino community, she saw an opportunity to create a place in this special community where people could have the opportunity to gather together and create projects and further the mission that she saw that Guerneville embodies. The plan for the center is that in 2017 we will be beginning support groups in English and Spanish for seniors, teens, and women. A group for women who would like to learn skills to build their own business will also be available. As the needs of the community become more apparent, further classes and groups will be made available. The grand opening for the center is Friday, December 2 from 5-8 P.M. as part of the Guerneville Art Walk.