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  • Published on February 21, 2019

    La registración está abierta hasta el viernes, 1 de abril, para el desfile de arte de adultos mayores para el año 2019.

  • Published on February 21, 2019

    Register through Friday, April 1, for the 2019 Senior Art Show, the annual non-juried display hosted by Sonoma County Human Services Department Adult and Aging. Santa Rosa, CA. 

  • Published on February 20, 2019
    La primera razón por la que los adultos de mayor edad acaban en el cuarto de emergencias es por caerse. No limite sus actividades por preocupación de que se va a caer sobre el piso desnivelado o por las escaleras—aprenda como puede protegerse y mantenerse seguro en sus pies.
  • Published on February 20, 2019
    Harmful falls are the #1 reason older adults and seniors end up at the emergency room. Don’t restrict your activities because of worries about falling on uneven ground or stairs -- learn how to protect yourself and stay safely on your feet.
  • Published on February 13, 2019
    El Estado de California emitirá beneficios de CalFresh para el mes de marzo a todos los residentes elegibles en el mismo día, viernes, 1 de marzo.
  • Published on February 13, 2019
    The State of California will issue March CalFresh food and nutrition benefits to all eligible residents on a single day, Friday, March 1.
  • Published on January 14, 2019
    El estado de California repartirá los subsidios de CalFresh de febrero de manera anticipada debido a que el cierre del gobierno federal podría causar que no se generen nuevos auxilios de alimentos para el mes de febrero.
  • Published on January 14, 2019
    Between January 15-20 the State will issue February CalFresh benefits earlier than usual to many Sonoma County residents to cover food during the coming month.
  • Published on December 28, 2018

    Learn about whether foster parenting is right for you at Explore Foster Parenting, a one-hour discussion held monthly, 6-7 p.m., at 2255 Challenger Way, Suite 100, Santa Rosa. Dates for 2019 talks are: Jan. 28, Feb. 25, March 25, April 22, May 20, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 25 and Dec. 16. For information and to reserve a seat, call (707) 565-4274. 

  • Published on December 28, 2018

    Starting Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, the Sonoma County Veterans Service Office (VSO), 3725 Westwind Blvd., Santa Rosa, will increase drop-in office hours to Monday−Thursday, 8-11 a.m. and 3-3:30 p.m. VSO phone hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Published on December 18, 2018
    Start your year with peace of mind: Resolve to complete your advance health care directive pronto! That way, your priorities will guide treatment decisions should you have a medical emergency. For even greater peace of mind, get your friends and family to complete theirs, too

  • Published on November 30, 2018

    Improve your balance, flexibility and strength and get helpful tips to make your home safer by attending an eight-class series based on the nationally acclaimed program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls. 

  • Published on November 21, 2018

    Harmful falls are the #1 reason older adults and seniors end up at the emergency room. Don’t restrict your activities because of worries about falling on uneven ground or stairs.

  • Published on November 13, 2018

    Though some Sonoma County households saw their incomes rise in 2017, 60,000 low-income households – about 1/3 of county residents – couldn’t afford enough food to eat a healthy three meals a day, according to the latest Sonoma County Hunger Index report. 

  • Published on October 11, 2018

    Santa Rosa residents Kim and Scott Streeter were named California Foster Parents of the Year and Family, Youth and Children Division Social Worker Rose Eshe was named Social Worker of the Year by the California Department of Social Services on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The ceremony was held during the California State Foster Parent Association’s 42nd annual conference in Sacramento.

  • Published on September 11, 2018

    Starting Monday, September 24, 2018  the Sonoma County Veterans Service Office (VSO), 3725 Westwind Boulevard, Santa Rosa, will increase drop-in office hours to Monday − Thursday, 8 AM − 11 AM.

  • Published on September 7, 2018

    When someone is sick, it's natural to ask, "What can I do to help?" or "What can I do for you?" It feels good to fulfill someone's wishes. But if your loved one is so sick that he or she is unable to speak and you don't already know what he or she wants—that feels awful.

  • Published on August 14, 2018

    Harmful falls are the #1 reason older adults and seniors end up at the emergency room. Don’t restrict your activities because of worries about falling on uneven ground or stairs.

  • Published on July 13, 2018

    Help older adult increase their safety, balance, strength and confidence on their feet by training on August 27 as a volunteer coach with the nationally acclaimed program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls.

  • Published on July 6, 2018

    A delightful mix of original art by Sonoma County residents age 60+ will be on display at the 2018 Senior Art Show from July 17-Septermber 6 at Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa.

  • Published on June 27, 2018

    West County artist and community advocate Judith Eisen donated a painting inspired by Sonoma County’s landscape for the lobby of the Sonoma County Human Services Adult and Aging Division offices in Santa Rosa.

  • Published on June 22, 2018

    The Sonoma County Human Services Department has promoted two new division directors: Paul Dunaway is the new Adult and Aging Division Director and Felisa Pinson has been selected as the new Economic Assistance Division Director. 

  • Published on June 22, 2018

    The state of California transition to a new Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) vendor for the swipe machines requires a statewide, 24-hour EBT card program outage. The black-out period is scheduled from Saturday, June 23 at 11 p.m. until Sunday, June 24, at 11:00 p.m.

  • Published on June 21, 2018

    During National Pride Month, it’s important to remember the history of why we celebrate gains for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) people. Many LGBTQI older adults grew up during a time when to love someone of the same gender was considered a crime, mental illness or a sin. LGBTQI people could be put in jail, fired from a job or put into a mental institution.

  • Published on June 12, 2018

    After the fire disaster in October, Sonoma County residents know it is wise to be prepared for a future flood, earthquake, or fire. There is potential for any of these.

  • Published on April 10, 2018
    Attendance at preschool, parental education levels, the language spoken at home are significant factors in Sonoma County children’s readiness for learning when they enter kindergarten, according to the 2017-18 survey overseen by the Road to Early Achievement and Development for Youth (READY) program.

  • Published on April 10, 2018
    Hiring the right employees is a challenge for business when unemployment is low. In Sonoma County, there’s a group of workers that offers experience, skills, flexibility in work hours and high job performance to fill the need – older adult job seekers

  • Published on April 2, 2018

    Live in accord with your beliefs and values. Fulfill the goals that have meaning for you. Enjoy your favorite comforts: Isn’t that how you should get to live right up to your last breath. Even if a medical crisis means that you are unable to make decisions for yourself?

  • Published on February 28, 2018

    To help prepare and train Sonoma County residents for jobs in the construction industry after the October wildfires, the Sonoma County Workforce Development Board (WIB), in partnership with the Human Services Department Employment and Training Division, has received $3.25 million in emergency funds from the California Employment Development Department.

  • Published on January 23, 2018

    Falls are the #1 reason that Sonoma County seniors go to the emergency room. Fracturing a hip or spraining a wrist means a long rehabilitation, which can decrease seniors’ quality of life or even prevent them from living independently in their own homes. Yet falls don’t have to be accepted as a normal part of aging.

  • Published on January 8, 2018

    Sonoma County employers from all industries can meet qualified job seekers at four free job fairs hosted by Sonoma County Job Link and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

  • Published on December 19, 2017

    Though household incomes rose in 2016 for some Sonoma County families, more than 160,000 low-income households continued to be unable to afford the food needed to prepare three meals a day. For these residents, many of them children and seniors, going without lunch or missing breakfast is unavoidable even by those receiving help from local charitable and government nutrition programs.

  • Published on December 11, 2017

    To help residents think ahead about documenting their health care wishes, My Care My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County will host a free advance care planning workshop, Who Will Speak for You If You Can't Speak for Yourself?, on Tuesday, January 16, 1:30–3:30 p.m., at the Redwood Credit Union Community Room, 3033 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa.

  • Published on November 30, 2017

    To provide a financial boost for those affected by the Sonoma County fires, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund (SOS) is offering special assistance grants to low-income residents for up to $3000. 

  • Published on November 21, 2017

    To keep already distressed residents from going hungry, the Sonoma County Human Services Department Economic Assistance Division got approval for temporary Disaster CalFresh benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). The total additional food benefits gained for Sonoma County residents was $1,449,854.

  • Published on November 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Today, the City of Santa Rosa has lifted the access restriction to Journey’s End Mobile Home Park, located at 3575 Mendocino Avenue, now that the previously-found asbestos has been mitigated.

  • Published on November 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    In preparation for anticipated rain this winter, people who live in burned areas, or downhill of burned areas, should be aware of increased

  • Published on November 8, 2017

    Covered California renewal and open enrollment periods have begun. Individuals and families can buy brand-name, private health insurance under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

  • Published on November 4, 2017 at 1:30 AM
    Sonoma County residents whose properties were destroyed by the wildfires have the ability to access the government operated Sonoma County Consolidated Debris Fire Removal Program to ensure that their property is left free of hazardous waste and debris.  Residential property owners must submit a Right of Entry (ROE) form by close of business on November 13, 2017, in order to participate in the Program.
  • Published on November 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM
    The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa are working with state and federal partners to provide safe, immediate, transitional, and long-term housing to assist residents who were displaced by the recent tragic fires and stabilize the immediate housing crisis faced by residents.
  • Published on August 9, 2017
    Two County of Sonoma Human Services Department Adult and Aging Division programs serving seniors have been honored for their innovation with Aging Achievement Awards by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).
  • Published on April 28, 2017

    Older adults and their families are invited to register for a day of free activities at Spring Lake Regional Park and Spring Lake Village on Thursday, May 18,2017 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

  • Published on April 13, 2017

    My Care My Plan: Speak Up, Sonoma County is hosting local events as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day 2017 to inspire, educate, and empower the public and local healthcare providers about the importance of advance health care planning.

  • Published on February 10, 2017

    A second year of local programs to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors, the LGBT Seniors Outreach Project, has begun offering training and events at three local senior centers, while also planning the spring launch of the LGBTQI Senior Information & Assistance Program to increase elders’ access to social services for healthy aging. (LGBTQI = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex)

  • Published on October 25, 2016

    The Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) announces the start of an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Resiliency Fellowship that will train 25 community members to serve our county as community educators.

  • Published on August 18, 2016

    The Sonoma County Human Services Department Adult and Aging Division is proud that the community initiative it supports to encourage advance care planning, My Care, My Plan: Speak Up Sonoma County, has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).

  • Published on August 17, 2016

    Starting August 29, Sonoma County’s Economic Assistance Service Center will reduce call-in hours to peak times, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., while increasing the number of eligibility workers answering calls about Medi-Cal, CalFresh and General Assistance benefits. The changes are expected to cut the time callers are on hold before connecting with Service Center workers.

  • Published on July 21, 2016

    The 19th Annual Sonoma County Senior Art Show, The Art of Aging, runs September 7, 2016 – October 20, 2016, at The Finley Center, Santa Rosa. 

  • Published on December 10, 2015

    Becoming a foster family is the first step to adopting a child. Relatives, family friends, single adults, gay couples and families of all types can foster and/or adopt children. There’s a special need in Sonoma County for Spanish-speaking / bilingual / bicultural foster-adoptive families, and those who can care for sibling groups and school-aged children and teens. Please call us at (707) 565-4274 or visit www.sonomafostercare.org.

  • Published on December 3, 2015

    Free presentation for seniors: Healthy Brain - Healthy Aging

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Human Services Department
County of Sonoma
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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Santa Rosa, CA 95402

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