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Homes for the Homeless – A Better Way - March 25

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Homes for the Homeless – A Better Way - March 25

Creative solutions to homelessness in Sonoma County is the focus of the last film in the Shomrei Torah Social Action Goes to the Movies film series at 7pm on Saturday, March 25 at Congregation Shomrei Torah, 2600 Bennett Valley Road in Santa Rosa. Theme of this year’s film series is “Sparks of Hope-Healing through Innovation and Creativity.”

Filmmaker Brent Adams traveled the Pacific Northwest to explore innovative options for housing the homeless: authorized tent villages, sanctuary camps, and “tiny house” communities. Homelessness in America isn’t only about a lack of sticks and bricks. Adams shines a light on the milieu of homelessness and solutions that work. These options are currently being utilized or proposed for Sonoma County.

Following the film a panel of local authorities and service agencies will discuss what is being done right now in the county and what needs to be done. The panel includes:

Jennielynn HolmesDirector of Shelter and Housing for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa that oversees all aspects of the largest shelter system between the Golden Gate Bridge and Oregon border. Catholic Charities also manages the The Palms homeless housing project that serves many veterans. 

Dorothy Battenfeld – Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees. Dorothy will discuss the growing concerns of homeless Junior College students.

Joshua Pinaula – Former Santa Rosa Junior College student body president and currently housing insecure. Josh helped coordinate the “Student Homelessness Awareness Day” at SRJC.

Adrienne Lauby – Executive Director of Homeless Action of Sonoma County, an advocacy group of current and former homeless people working for homeless solutions.

Yohan Morgan - Manager for Community Housing, the demonstration tiny house village project called for by the County.  Founder of Village Design Group. 

Julie Combs – Santa Rosa City Council member. Julie has been a long time advocate for affordable housing, renter’s rights and homeless issues.

A question and answer session by the panel will follow the presentation. Local service agencies will be on hand to provide additional information.

Open to the public. Free (donations accepted). Limited parking, Carpools encouraged!



The series is presented by the Social Action Committee of Congregation Shomrei Torah and has the support of the following co-sponsors: Congregation Ner Shalom, Congregation Shir Shalom Social Action Committee, B’nai Israel Jewish Center, Social Action Committee, Congregation Beth Ami, Social Concerns Committee, Christ Church United Methodist, Center for Spiritual Living, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Outreach and Service Commission, First United Methodist Church, Redwood Forest Friends Meeting, Advocates for Social Justice, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Catholic Charities, Community Housing Sonoma County, Verity, Homeless Action!, NAMI Sonoma County, New Directions/Child Parent Institute, North Bay Organizing Project, Restorative Resources, and Social Advocates for Youth.



For more information, please call Congregation Shomrei Torah at 707 578-5519 or go to

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