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  • 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 Eisendonated 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

  • Published on November 30, 2015

    Sonoma County is extending a “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted through the morning of Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

  • Published on November 24, 2015

    Effective Tuesday, November 24, 2015, Sonoma County is issuing a “Code Blue” advisory in response to the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Alert of extremely cold nights predicted for the next week.

  • Published on November 5, 2015

    Archstone Foundation awarded a $300,000 grant to the County of Sonoma Human Services Adult and Aging Division and Petaluma Health Center (PHC) to launch the Sonoma Care Collaborative Project, an evidenced-based program to screen and treat low-income seniors for depression where they receive primary health care services and during home visits at no cost to patients.

  • Published on November 2, 2015
    The 2016 enrollment period for Covered California health insurance runs November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Residents can apply for coverage on the State exchange online at sonoma-county.org/healthcarereform and mybenefitscalwin.org, or in-person through at the County Human Services Dept. Economic Assistance offices and various locations throughout the County, including the Redwood Community Health Clinics. See the online listing of enrollment locations, or call Economic Assistance at (877) 699-6868. For Covered California coverage that takes effect January 1, the purchase deadline is December 15, 2015.
  • Published on November 25, 2013
    November is National Adoption Month, a time both to celebrate adoptive families and to stand in solidarity with the many children still seeking the stability of a permanent home. This November is especially significant in Sonoma County, as responsibility for adoptions – previously held by the California Department of Social Services – has been assumed locally, by the Human Services Department.
  • Published on November 25, 2013
    A new study by Sonoma County Human Services, Health Services, and the Redwood Empire Food Bank, in partnership with Community Action Partnership and the Redwood Community Health Coalition has resulted in the release of the 2013 Sonoma County Hunger Index. The Hunger Index, which is an indication of how many meals are “missed” based on USDA recommendations, reveals that the amount of food needed to close the meal gap is alarmingly high in Sonoma County. Food insecurity can have dramatic negative impacts on individual lives and the community as a whole.
  • Published on May 8, 2013
    On Monday, May 20, Northern California veterans organizations are set to give proper military burials to the unclaimed cremated remains of 35 veterans at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon as part of the Missing in America Project.
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Human Services Department
County of Sonoma
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3600 Westwind Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.508155, -122.795028
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Santa Rosa, CA 95402

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