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How To: ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Would your community like to start an ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship to help spread awareness and build capacity for action? Sonoma County would like to share our tools and lessons learned with you. 1. What was the ACEs & Resiliency Fellowship? This remarkable program is unique to Sonoma County California. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Fellowship is a 9-month intensive interdisciplinary program designed for community members who serve as community educators...
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Imagine You Leader Training to Build Personal Resilience in March 2018

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Imagine YOU® Leader Training Resilience. Support. Engagement. March 2018 March 3 & 10, 2018 9:30 am. - 1:30 pm. SRJC Southwest Campus in Santa Rosa, CA Imagine what matters to YOU helps people build personal resilience and supports and engages them in creating their best health and life. With this training you will gain the skills needed facilitate a 45-60 minute Imagine YOU group workshop and work one-to-one with individuals using the Imagine what matters to YOU method. Imagine YOU is a...
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Infant-Family Mental Health Specialist

Jennifer Silverstein ·
I am happy to announce that I have been endorsed by the state of California as an Infant-Family Mental Health Specialist. Please see the attached press release. Jenni Silverstein
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Information in Spanish and English for families returning home after the fire

The attached documents in Spanish and English provide information for families with children who are returning home after the fire.
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Jail fees pile up for Sonoma County juvenile offenders (Pressdemocrat.com)

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
The phone rings. Your teenage son has run away and gotten into a fight. Again. He’s back at Sonoma County’s juvenile hall off Highway 12 in rural east Santa Rosa. For the next several months, you attend meetings with his public defender, make his court appointments and visit him twice a week while working full time and shuttling your other children between school and sports. Then you get the bill. There’s no daily charge for adults booked into Sonoma County Jail, but that’s not the case for...
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January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month Time to Renew, Refresh & Recharge [Child Parent Institute]

Another year has flown by, leaving me wondering where the time went. As I think about my family’s milestones and memories over the past year, I’m reminded of how often I get consumed by work, my family’s hectic schedule, and the never-ending list of household chores. It’s easy for my family to go through the motions of our daily routines – get up, go to school or work, come home, eat, do homework or work, go to bed, repeat, repeat, repeat – and even be in the same room without really...
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Joy, tears at Sonoma Valley’s post-fire cookbook giveaway [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

You wouldn’t think a cookbook giveaway would be all that emotional. But much percolated to the surface Sunday as Sonoma Valley chef Sondra Bernstein and a slew of volunteers beckoned people whose homes burned exactly six months earlier to help themselves to what was possibly history’s greatest selection of donated cookbooks. “A lot of tears,” said Bernstein of The Girl & the Fig restaurant. “A lot of tears.” Among the perhaps 10,000 volumes that filled a MacArthur Street warehouse, a...
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Last Month's Early Childhood Mental Health Summit - Let's Put Our Learning into Practice Now

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Just one month ago, on September 28, First 5 and partners pulled together a few hundred community members for an Early Childhood Mental Health Summit called " Building Relationships to Support Families in Times of Stress ." With the local wildfires distressing many families and children, community support is needed now more than ever. The event aimed to ensure participants: 1.) Expanded their understanding of Early Childhood mental Health as the capacity to form close relationships, manage...
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Latino community is instrumental in rebuilding homes after the Tubb fire

Remy Fuentes ·
Excellent article from the Press Democrat on the Latino community's enormous contribution to community resiliency and rebuilding homes after the Tubbs fire. https://www.pressdemocrat.com/specialsections/8858629-181/north-bays-latino-workforce-a?artslide=6
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Library offers mental health classes for teens [Sonoma West Times & News]

By Laura Hagar Rush, Sonoma West Times & News, June 12, 2019. This summer the Sebastopol library will offer a series of free mental health classes for teenagers, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Sonoma County Library system and Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), a nonprofit offering mental health and housing services for youth. The first group will be held on Tuesday, June 18, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Sebastopol Regional Library, 7140 Bodega Ave., Sebastopol. Sebastopol is...
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Listening Session – North Bay Wildfires on June 14

Holly White-Wolfe ·
See attached flyer. Please forward to your e-mail distribution lists and share with your clients, colleagues, family, friends, neighbors, etc. What: Listening Session – October 2017 North Bay Wildfires When: Thursday, June 14, 2018 – 1:00-3:00 p.m. Where: Salvation Army (Chapel Room) 93 Stony Cir. – Santa Rosa, CA Who: Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties We are interested in hearing about the experiences of community members with disabilities and from...
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Local Resources for Fire Victims - #Sonoma Proud's Long List of Help Offered by Local Businesses

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Here's a list showcasing some of the outpouring of support for those who need loving kindness in the form of food,water, animal care and more. FREE FOOD / WATER: • Better homes and Gardens in Sebastopol will give you a cup of coffee and wifi and you can charge your phone. 186 Main St. Sebastopol. Come on over. • Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park: offering free meals to those evacuated. If you choose to pay for a evacuees meal, 100% of that money will be donated to help in the aids effort.
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Local Teachers Love Learning about ACES!

Grace Harris MFT, Parent Resources Director for Child Parent Institute reported that she recently presented to staff at several schools on ACES and Trauma Informed Care (TIC).  When asked, less than 10% of school staff said they were aware of...
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Local Trauma Informed Training with CEUs

  Call David Bealer @ 707.571.2233 x306 to register     Invitation to Register for the Center Point DAAC Training Workshop May 19 th , 2015     TREM  – Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model, is an evidence-based...
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A Santa Rosa neighborhood’s love wipes out hate [PressDemocrat.com]

One man late Thursday night sprayed three hateful words on the garage door of a northwest Santa Rosa family. Sunday afternoon, a clean-up crew of more than 50 people appalled by the display of racism, showed up to wipe away the graffiti and show Fijian immigrants Di and Bentley Chong Wan that one guy with a spray can doesn't speak for them. Residents of the older subdivision near Coffey Park streamed into the cul-de-sac where the Wans have rented a home for the last year bearing covered...
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MARC Booklet 2016: Features Sonoma County

Jennifer Hossler ·
Please find attached the 2016 booklet for the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) project, including Sonoma County and the other 13 communities that have been selected to participate in this 2 year learning collaborative. This is a great summary of the work happening in all 14 communities across the country. I am looking forward to working with you all as we tell your story to the world!
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Material from Building Community Capacity to Address ACEs- ACEs & Resiliency Community of Practice Session

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
Thank you to all who attended our Community of Practice Building Community Capacity to Address ACES on July 25th! Attached are the materials from our day together. Ellen and Oscar's Slides are attached.
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Mental health collaborative tackles fire-related trauma in Sonoma County [pressdemocrat.com]

Alicia Doktor ·
When a North Bay fire survivor walks into her private practice office, Santa Rosa psychologist Alisa Liguori Stratton never presumes to know exactly what they’re going through. Liguori Stratton, who lost the Fountaingrove home where she and her family lived, has a pretty good idea of the type of post-fire trauma many are suffering, whether they lost a home or not. But the experience — the 15 minutes she and her family had to flee their home, the loss of everything they own — is not a type of...
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Mental Health Therapy in Spanish for credit SRJC students [SRJC Health Services]

SRJC offers mental health therapy services in Spanish for credit-enrolled SRJC students. To schedule an appointment, students can simply come to Student Health Services in the Race Building in Santa Rosa or call our licensed therapist at 527-4406. (Credit students pay the health fee allowing us to provide services. For non-credit students, we suggest our Community Mental Health Resources list , which includes agencies that provide therapy in Spanish.)
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SONOMA COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT (MHSA)2017-2020 Three-Year Integrated Plan & Annual Update for 2015-2016

To read the full report, click here : Mental Health Services Act Integrated Report 2017 - 2020 Or see attached for a printable version of the report.
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Minutes of the 6/13/2017 Membership Meeting

Allen K. Nishikawa ·
Membership Committee Minutes - June 13, 2017 Humboldt Room, Public Health, 625 5 th Street, Santa Rosa Present: Sal Strawbridge, Allen Nishikawa, Chair Old Business Membership Survey – Allen reported that we have received no new responses in the past two weeks. We have received a total of 21 responses and should proceed using the prior analysis based on those responses. New Business Review of Current Membership – Allen presented a spreadsheet coding the 160 persons on the current mailing...
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Minutes - SCAC Membership Meeting

Allen K. Nishikawa ·
Minutes - SCAC Membership Meeting Location: Humboldt Room, 415 Humboldt. SR Date: Tuesday July 18, 2017, 1-2PM Present: Allen Nishikawa, Chair, Salvador Strawbridge Feedback from Steering Committee on Membership Committee recommendations - Allen reported that the Steering Committee discussed the proposed two membership levels and decided to not adopt that distinction at this time. Ballots will go out to the full mailing list, and anyone can run for office. Reports on membership outreach...
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More schools turn to alternative discipline to reduce suspensions (pressdemocrat.com)

The so-called restorative circles aim to build trust and understanding and reduce misbehavior. They’re popping up in schools all over the county, in part from the efforts of agencies like Restorative Resources and the Sonoma County Office of Education, which have trained educators on these practices. The Santa Rosa nonprofit last year received $100,000 from the county to launch the alternative justice program. It was one of the recommendations issued by the Community and Local Law...
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More Sonoma County schools turn to alternative discipline to reduce suspensions (Pressdemocrat.com)

Elizabeth Najmabadi ·
Jamie Dorvilus wiggled in her seat, eagerly waiting her turn to talk about how   she was feeling that day. At least once a week, her first-grade class at Rohnert Park’s Evergreen Elementary School moves the desks out of the way for a “circle,” where they discuss their feelings and worries and practice positive behavior and communication skills, like giving and accepting compliments. Dorvilus, 7, said it’s safe to share. No one ever teases. “It’s the only time I get to say something and...
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Mother: 11-year-old boy injured in Santa Rosa park shooting is 'not the same kid' [Press Democrat]

By Chris Smith, Aug 12, 2019 for the Press Democrat As we anguish from the plague of mass shootings, a boy who took a stray bullet as he left soccer practice in Santa Rosa two months ago resists the fear that would have him simply hide from the world from now on. “He’s not the same kid,” the sweet-tempered 11-year-old’s distraught mother told me. “He’s afraid something’s going to happen to him, or to us.” I know the names of the boy and his mom but won’t mention them because they’re...
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Native Breastfeeding Council's 8th Annual Wellness Walk Fundraiser

Please join the Sonoma County Indian Health Project's Native Breastfeeding Council as they promote breastfeeding and healthy lifestyles at their 8th annual wellness walk! DETAILS - Registration opens at 8am the walk starts at 8:30 August 12th, 2017 144 Stony Point Road Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Native Breastfeeding Council's 8th Annual Wellness Walk See flyer for more details!
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Noble Brains, Healthy Lives [Sonoma Medicine]

A young child’s brain is a wondrous thing. By age five it contains about one quadrillion neural connections, more than all the links in the entire Internet. But by adulthood one-third of those connections disappear. The pathways used most...
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‘None of us will ever be the same’: Survivors of 2017 Tubbs Fire face long-term trauma [Sacramento Bee]

By Panchalay Chalermkraivuth, August 2, 2019, Sacramento Bee Robert “Priest” Morgan hasn’t slept without a cocktail of pills since the night he says God kicked him in the head to wake him up – the night he opened the front door of his Santa Rosa mobile home to see a fire engine, a few people running up and down Sahara Street and screaming. “The sky looked like the Fourth of July,” he said. “The entire park except for my street was an inferno.” It wasn’t Independence Day – it was Oct. 9,...
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‘None of us will ever be the same’: Survivors of 2017 Tubbs Fire face long-term trauma [Sacramento Bee]

BY PANCHALAY CHALERMKRAIVUTH pchalermkraivuth@sacbee.com August 3, 2019 Robert “Priest” Morgan hasn’t slept without a cocktail of pills since the night he says God kicked him in the head to wake him up – the night he opened the front door of his Santa Rosa mobile home to see a fire engine, a few people running up and down Sahara Street and screaming. “The sky looked like the Fourth of July,” he said. “The entire park except for my street was an inferno.” It wasn’t Independence Day – it was...
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Nonprofits Invited to Join Karin of the Community Foundation for Coffee Talk on Fire Recovery

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Hello nonprofit community, Over the past few months we have heard from many of you about the critical work you are doing to address the myriad of impacts the fires have had on our community. We’d like to talk together about how we move forward toward a just and equitable recovery. In the first quarter of 2018 we will be hosting a series of Coffees with Karin for this purpose, and we invite you to join us. While we usually ask you to come to us, this time we’d like to visit you--we’ll be...
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Notes and materials from March 25, 2015

Dear Sonoma County ACES Connection enthusiasts:   Thank you to all who participated in today’s ACES meeting. Sometimes the transition between work and a working meeting can be a bit rough. Thankfully, today, Allen provided a...
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Notes from 2-26-2020 SCAC meeting

All were welcomed and each person introduced themselves, highlighting what inspires them to integrate ACEs science into their personal and or professional lives. New members were welcomed! Elizabeth Smith, Founder/ CEO of Project Whole Child introduced herself, and shared that in addition to this role she is a west county school board member , a board member of PeaceTown , and president of the Sebastopol Soroptimist Club ! Whew! When the group’s conversation moved towards identifying a space...
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Notes from our 1-23-19 meeting - Check these out!

ACEs Enthusiasts Community Meeting NOTES! Date: January 23, 2019 About this community: We bring the community together to prevent, heal, and treat ACEs while promoting resiliency. Embedded GREEN text= hyper link just click for more information New Year - New Focus! With start of new year, Sonoma County ACEs Connection will re-start fresh with a community focus, while seeking opportunities to leverage and coordinate with others. Welcome & Gather - thanks to Nancy for bringing (lots of!)...
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Notes from our 9/23/15 meeting

Alison Lobb ·
Twenty of us attended the meeting. We were warmly greeted by Allen Nishikawa with a warms towel ceremony that allowed us to truly arrive and be present. The topics we discussed were the Paper Tigers viewings, Dr. Anda’s presentation at Hanna...
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Notes from the 10/1/2014 meeting

Alison Lobb ·
We have a new name - Sonoma County ACES Connection !   If you were unable to attend today’s meeting, you missed a lot !  Please mark your calendar for our next meeting Wed Oct 29 th , from 12:30 to 2:00 in the DHS Public Health...
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November 18, 2015 Meeting Notes

Allen K. Nishikawa ·
Fifteen members attended. Attendance was anticipated to be lower, because many members had prior commitments. Allen Nishikawa opened the meeting and introduced Elisabeth Chicoine, Manager of the Public Health Family Health Section. She announced that...
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October 26 Meeting Notes

Holly White-Wolfe ·
(For a colorful version with graphics, please see the attached .pdf.) 10/26/16 Dear Sonoma County ACEs Connection Friends, Thank you to all that participated in today’s ACES meeting. Jessica Hackwell invited the group to take a mindful moment to listen to a “reflection” or short tale with a powerful message about intentions. Briana Downey welcomed the group to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home and talked briefly about the Trauma Informed Journey taking place through this residential...
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Paper Tigers Inspires Action

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Just moments into watching "Paper Tigers" last August, Angie Dillon Shore and Socorro Shiels found themselves wiping away tears.  By the film's conclusion, Angie, a former youth counselor and current Upstream Investments Program Manager, and Socorro, then the Superintendent of Santa Rosa City Schools both felt compelled to take immediate action.  What if together, these two women could bring the film to local educators and parents?  Could the film change the conversation...
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Parent Voices Sonoma: Tell Your Story: How to Give a Public Testimony

Our next workshop will be on March 5th 5:30PM at Cook Middle School - Rm. 44, Santa Rosa. We welcome anyone interested to join us regardless of your experience, passion and you do not need to be a parent, but a child advocate!! ¡Reserva la fecha! Nuestro próximo taller será en marzo 5 en la escuela Cook Middle - salón 44 en Santa Rosa. Damos la bienvenida a cualquier persona interesada en unirse a nosotros, independientemente de su experiencia, pasión y usted no necesita ser un padre, ¡sino...
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Peer Voices Now! Spring 2018 Newsletter

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Kalia Mussetter of Living Bridges " Bringing people together for transformative community service," invites you to read the attached Peer Voices Now! newsletter. Kalia writes: "Please enjoy this beautiful newsletter. It is rich with fine, heartfelt writing by many local mental health Peer Providers; talented individuals who serve our mental health stakeholder community every day. There is a focus on experience of both loss and healing from the recent fires, as well as moving accounts of peer...
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Petaluma Group Inspired to Prevent, Heal, Treat ACES

Holly White-Wolfe ·
A local Petaluma group kicked off 2016 by inviting Karen Clemmer, PHN, and Brian Farragher, Executive Director of Hannah Boys Center to speak about preventing, healing, and treating Adverse Childhood Experiences. Erin Hawkins, Community Outreach Program Manager of the Petaluma Health Care District, encouraged members of the  Community Health Initiative for Petaluma Area (affectionately known as "CHIPA" to many members) to ponder the impact of ACES on the health of Petaluma...
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Prevent Child Abuse - Sonoma County annual report 2014-2015

In case you missed picking up a copy of the 2014-2015 annual report from Prevent Child Abuse-Sonoma County, here it is. This year, it provides a snapshot of child abuse and neglect data, a two-page overview of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study,...
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Proposed Changes to Sonoma County ACEs Connection Working Guidelines

Allen K. Nishikawa ·
Holly asked me to review the SCAC Working Guidelines we developed at the retreat and prepare a document for approval at the October meeting. I invite all members to send me any comments or suggestions regarding the current document. For the purposes of this vote, I am limiting proposed changes to only those issues where there is a discrepancy, disagreement or lack of clarity concerning an existing guideline. Any brand new guidelines should be proposed and adopted later. The current version...
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‘Public Health 3.0’ represents future of fighting public health problems in Sonoma County

Holly White-Wolfe ·
Martin Espinoza of the Press Democrat captured an exciting event which took place in Santa Rosa earlier this week... Public Health 3.0: A high-ranking federal health official visited Santa Rosa on Tuesday to discuss a new direction for local public health departments, one that would push them far beyond their traditional role as watchdogs of communicable and chronic diseases and make them community partners in identifying the “social determinants” of health. Outlining an approach dubbed...
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Raizes Collective Invites You to: Celebrando la Vida or A Celebration of Life

Holly White-Wolfe ·
My friend Isabel with Raizes Collective is putting together a special el Día de Muertos event, and invites you to sponsor an altar. (Sponsorship form attached.) The entire community is also invited to come out and celebrate during two special community events. Isabel writes: Raizes continues to be committed to making platforms for artists to mobilize and bring our community together to begin the process of healing through our arts and cultural programming. We are asking for your support by...
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Redwood Community Health Coalition gets $500,000 state grant to help people get medical care [Press Democrat]

Pediatric nurse practitioner Julia Chang examines Gabriella Cedillos, 11, during her annual physical, at Roseland Pediatrics, part of Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, in Santa Rosa, on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)
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Redwood Empire Food Bank offers a DRIVE-THROUGH food distribution

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is offering a special drive-through distribution to our community this week. Station 3990 distribution will be open today, Wednesday, October 18th through Saturday, October 21st from 10:00am-4:00pm at the REFB station house: 3990 Brickway Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Station 3990 is a food distribution created in response to the devastating fires in our region. The REFB assembled the resou rces necessary to make emergency food available to those...
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Register Today!

Sign up NOW for an amazing conference! Registration is open - the fee includes parking, breakfast, lunch, materials, and CEUs! Space is limited, reserve your seat today! Learn more! Contact Carla Denner: 707-565-6626
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Entrepreneur Akash Kalia Converts Motel into Shelter for Homeless, Veterans (indiawest.com)

A young Indian American has converted his parents’ struggling motel in Santa Rosa, Calif., into a 104-room facility to provide housing for chronically homeless people and veterans, the first such center in the nation. Akash Kalia, 24, will be honored by the city of Santa Rosa Apr. 25, at its 35 th annual Merit Awards ceremony. Kalia will receive a community service merit award . “A hundred people don’t have to worry about where they’re going to sleep tonight,” Kalia told India-West . “This...
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Erin Lund Shares in "Close to Home" the Need to Offer a Hand to Moms Struggling with Opioid Addiction

Holly White-Wolfe ·
"At Santa Rosa Community Health Centers, we care for many patients who struggle with addiction; some are women who become pregnant. Our primary goal is to treat them with compassion and respect. It is helpful to view addiction as a chronic disease, similar to diabetes, rather than a moral problem. For many struggling with addiction, especially women, childhood trauma, domestic violence and mental health issues co-exist with substance use. It is hard to treat the addiction without...
 
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