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Find Services, Groups & Information
to Serve your Life

by Vesta Copestakes

Would joining a group of people with common interests and needs be good for you? Here's a list of people who gather on a regular basis.If you have information you wish to add to this list - please e-mail us at

211 ~ A complete directory of social services in Sonoma County. ‘2-1-1’ on your phone ~

Alcoholics Anonymous ~ The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. Find a meeting: 544-1300 ~

Al-Anon ~ Support to friends & families of alcoholics. Mon, 7:30 pm & Sat, 9:15 am. Russian River Senior Center, 15010 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville ~ 575-6760

Bookmobile ~ Free, high-quality books to persons in rural areas not served by libraries ~ 520-4536 ~

Car Safety Steat Program ~ Low-income families residing in west Sonoma County are welcome to participate in this low-cost program. Certified Car Safetey Seat Technicians will conduct safety seat check and will train their proper installation. Contact Vesta Griffith at 707.869.3613 or email Vesta to make an appointment for a car seat check up or installation. Provided by River to Coast Children's Services.,

Carousel Network ~ Info & support for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease & Co-Infections. 2nd Sat, 2:00-4:00 pm, Palm Drive Hospital, 501 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol ~ Dale Miller, 829-1594 ~

Community Housing Opportunities West ~ (Formerly Russian River Interfaith Coalition.) CHOW provides emergency shelter, food, & support services to homeless men & women ~ Jan DeWald, 478-3718

Chronic Illness ~ Self-management support group & education series. Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30 pm, Palm Drive Hospital, 501 Petaluma Ave, Sebastopol ~ 566-7026 ~

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA) ~ The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy & loving relationships ~

Community Toxics Collections ~ Free to Sonoma County residents. Bring ID. Tuesdays, 4:00-8:00 pm. RSVP for location: 795-2025 ~

Counseling ~ Low-cost, sliding-scale mental health services. Community & Family Service Agency, 2255 Challenger Way #106, Santa Rosa ~ 545-4551 ~

DAY LABOR ~ Protect workers’ rights …and yours.  Don’t hire off the street! 

Graton ~ 2981 Bowen Street, Graton ~ 829-1864 ~

Guerneville ~ Suzanna Mayo, 15873 River Rd ~ 591-5518,

Healdsburg ~ 405 Grove St ~ Martha Nuñez, 433-6652 ~

Disability Services & Legal Center (DSLC) ~ Sonoma County’s primary resource for people with disabilities. 521 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa ~ 528-2745 (voice) or 528-2151 (TTY) ~

Drug Dangers was developed to educate the public and lend a hand to people who have been affected by defective drugs and medical devices. Our goal at Drug Dangers is to keep the public educated and informed of all defective medical devices and dangerous medications that are currently available on the market today. Pharmaceutical companies are trusted to put safe products on the shelves, yet thousands of people lose their lives each year due to prescription medications with adverse side effects. By spreading awareness, we believe we can lower this statistic by decreasing the number of recalls, saving more lives of those who have been affected. INFO:

Family & Friends Group ~ Cope with the impact of addiction in a healthy way. Free. Tues, 6:30-8:00 pm, Drug Abuse Alternatives Center, 2403 Professional Dr, Santa Rosa ~ Lynne Burke, 544-3295 x352 ~

Food Addicts in Recovery ~ Caring, supportive group facing addictive behavior with food. Mondays, 7:00 pm, Sebastopol Community Church, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy N ~

Food - Where to Get Free Food

F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Here ) - of Santa Rosa - A Food Pantry for All WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE GROCERIES?  Any family or individual who calls FISH and can pick up the same day will receive an emergency supply of groceries.  FISH does not have geographical or financial prerequisites for families who request food aid.  All who ask will receive.

  • HOW DO YOU RECEIVE GROCERIES?  Call FISH at 707-527-5151 during our hours of operation.  You must call before you will receive food. The phone is busiest in the morning.  Keep trying or wait until about noon to call.
  • HOURS:  FISH is open Mondays-Fridays from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon.  We are closed on major holidays.
  • WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:  A photo ID and a bag for extra food. We also welcome donations of paper grocery bags.
  • HOW OFTEN CAN YOU COME?  Once a month.
  • WHAT YOU'LL BE GIVEN:  We give up to three days' supply of well-balanced food. The amount of food given depends on the number of people in the household. We give one basic bag containing fruits, vegetables, beans and grains (cereal, pasta, bread) plus optional items including rice, peanut butter and meat (or vegetarian items).  Sometimes we will have available extra items donated to us for distribution. A roller bag can be helpful, especially if you are walking or using public transportation.
  • WHERE ARE WE?  2900 McBride Lane, Santa Rosa, CA. 

Gamblers Anonymous ~ Open to anyone who has a desire to stop gambling ~ Diane, 318-4173 ~

Headaches? ~ All About Headaches: Join neurologist Allan L. Bernstein, M.D., in an open-ended discussion about the types of headaches, their causes and the role of medicine behavior and diet. Meetings are free and open to those who suffer from headaches and to their family and friends. The Headache Education & Support Group meets the 4th Wednesday of every month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room at Palm Drive Hospital, 501 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol. For more information, please call 829-4007 ~

Healing Clinic ~ Find the healing modality that resonates with you. Sliding scale. 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 pm, Songbird Community Healing Center, 8280 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati ~ 795-2398 ~

Healthy Sonoma ~ State-of the art web-based tools for a healthier community ~

HIV Testing ~ Confidential results in 20 minutes. $15 by donation. Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm, Face to Face, 873 Second St, Santa Rosa ~ 544-1581 ~

HIV Therapy Group ~ Dinner & therapy sessions on Mondays, 5:00 pm at St. Andrews-in-the-Redwoods Episcopal Church, 20329 Hwy 116 at F St, Monte Rio ~ 865-0834 ~

Homeless Shelter for Youth 18 - 24 - Coffee House Teen Shelter, 1243 Ripley St. Santa Rosa - Stop by between 9a and 6:30p or call 24/7 emergency hotline: 888-792-0012

INVOLVE YOUR ELDER ~ Enriching day programs for isolated seniors (meal included). Locations in Sonoma, Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa. Call Laurel Anderson at (707)525-0143x103

K.I.S.S.S.S. ~ Keep It Simple Sunday Soup Supper. Free to anyone wanting a meal & companionship. Sundays, 5:00-6:00 pm, Windsor Presbyterian Church, 5891 Pruitt Ave ~ 838-1566 ~

Marijuana Anonymous ~ Has smoking pot stopped being FUN? INFO and Meetings: 707-583-2326 ~

Military Families ~ Resources for all Active Duty Military, National Guard, Reserve, & family. American Red Cross, Sonoma & Mendocino Counties ~ 577-7600 ~

Legal Consultation ~ First Thursday of each month, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Consultations are for seniors or their family members and may cover advance health care directives, planning for incapacity, conservatorships, estate planning, wills and trusts, probate, special needs trusts, and public benefits. Contact Anita at 707-571-8131 or to schedule an appointment. 

Low-Cost Physicals ~ Sonoma State University's Family Nurse Practitioner Program offers complete physical exams for well adults and children. Apointments available Tuesdays & Saturdays, prices begin at $15. Call 707-664-2466 to for location and to schedule an appointment.

Parents Place:
Triple P Positive Parenting Programs (for parents of children of all ages and schools who wish to host Groups and Seminars)
Parents Place offers groups, workshops, and individual parent education services using this highly successful, internationally recognized parent education program. At Parents Place we partner with schools to bring Triple P services to their families. If the school brings the families, we’ll bring the rest (parent education, parent support, tips and tools, etc.) Parents will learn positive ways to promote their child’s development, handle challenging behavior, and practice self-care. This service is free for individual parents and groups of parents of children under 6 who are not in kindergarten (funded by Sonoma County First 5 and Sonoma County Behavioral Health with MHSA-PEI funds.) For parents of older children we offer the same services for a fee. For details contact Liana Unger, Parents Place Coordinator: 707-303-1521; Visit the Parents Place website:  
Consultation and Coaching (for parents with children of all ages)
Needing a little support? Whether you need support just once or several times, our promise is that at the end of each consultation and coaching visit, you will walk away feeling validated, with useful tools, information and strategies that are immediately helpful in addressing your parenting concerns. Our skilled professionals offer a range of concrete strategies and suggestions that are based on years of experience and work in the field. For details Contact Liana Unger, Parents Place Coordinator: 707-303-1521; Visit the Parents Place website:
Parents Place Blog (for parents with children of all ages)
The Parents Place website features weekly blog posts that offer clear, no-nonsense suggestions and thoughtful commentaries on a wide range of topics important to today’s parents and caregivers.  Contributors are Parents Place parent educators and clinicians:
Parents Place Webinars (for parents with children of all ages)
Don’t have time for a workshop? Check out our low-cost, interactive parenting webinars. Each subject delivers personalized, convenient, and confidential support (including time for Q/A) from trusted Parents Place educators and clinicians. Find upcoming webinars:
Post-Adoption Services - Funded by the California Department of Social Services, this program offers a variety of services for families formed by adoption. Parenthood and adoption can be both a joy and a challenge. Our goal is to be here as a resource for you and your family. Contact Robin Ratner, Post Adoption Coordinator: 707-303-1509: Or visit:

Rehab Resource Directory ~ Our mission is to educate our visitors through research-based, expert written content. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive information about addiction, treatment options and the path to full recovery. Visit for a guide to local rehab facilities.

Russian River Empowerment Center ~ Transcend serious & persistent mental illness. A project of West County Community Services. Hours: Tue-Fri 11:00-5:00. 16390 Main St, Guerneville ~ 604-7264 ~

SAFE Haven programs - Safe Housing & More: Evaluating an Individual’s Treatment Needs - Addiction Among The Homeless Population:

Safe Medicine Disposal Program ~ Please don’t flush medications down the drain or dispose in trash receptacles. Find a drop-off location here:

Senior Resource Guide ~ The Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging has published their 2012 Senior Resource Guide. You can download the entire guide as a PDF from this web site:

Verity ~ Formerly United Against Sexual Assault. Prevention, intervention, & counseling. 835 Piner Rd, Suite D, Santa Rosa ~ Business: 545-7270 ~ 24/7 Crisis Line: 707-545-7273 ~

Veterans Support ~ ‘One-stop-shop’ for Veterans & family members. 2nd Thur, Noon-3:00, Guerneville Veterans Memorial Building, 1st & Church St ~ John Uniack, 869-9459 ~

Walk-In Clinic ~ Free medical care for anyone in need, without regard to ethnicity, race, or religion. Jewish Community Free Clinic, 490 City Center Dr, Rohnert Park ~ 585-7780 ~

Watchers of Weight (WOW) ~ Support for healthy eating & weight loss goals. Membership $10/Weekly meeting $5. Wednesdays, 5:30 pm, Monte Rio Community Center, 20488 Hwy 116, Monte Rio ~ 865-9956 ~

Women’s Cancer Awareness Group ~ We consider everyone a survivor from date of diagnosis. 55 Maria Drive #846, Petaluma ~ 707-769-8325 ~ ~