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  • Published on May 9, 2019

    According to the 2018-19 survey by the Road to Early Achievement and Development for Youth (READY) program of the 1,505 children in this year's study, seven out of 10 local kindergartners were ready or almost ready to start school. 

  • Published on May 8, 2019

    El Cuerpo de Ecología Juvenil para el Condado de Sonoma (Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps – SC YEC) está aceptando aplicaciones hasta el 22 de mayo para su programa de trabajos de verano por ocho semanas, para jóvenes de entre 16 a 24 años de edad.

  • Published on May 7, 2019

    En el 1 de junio, adultos de mayor edad y personas con discapacidades que reciben Seguro Social (SSI) o el Suplemento de Seguro Social (SSP) son recientemente elegibles para recibir beneficios del programa gubernamental, CalFresh, que puede ayudar a aumentar su presupuesto mensual para comprar comida. SSI o SSP beneficios se quedara igual para estos nuevos clientes de CalFresh.

  • Published on May 7, 2019

    Sonoma County Youth Ecology Corps (SEYEC) is taking applications through May 22 for its eight-week, summer job program for 16- to 24-year-olds. Forty youth will be hired to work outside from June 17-August 8 on environmental and land conservation projects throughout the county. Pay is $13.80 per hour. Youth will also receive career and environmental education and job training, plus enjoy fun events with other workers. 

  • Published on May 6, 2019

    Sonoma County caregivers of older adults can improve their skills in working with LGBT+ seniors at a free training on May 16 or June 6. 

  • Published on May 6, 2019

    On June 1, seniors and persons with disabilities on <a>Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Supplemental Payment (SSP) are newly eligible for CalFresh government food benefits that can help increase their monthly food budgets.

  • Published on April 30, 2019

    The 2019 Senior Art Show, a display of original artwork by Sonoma County residents age 60+, runs May 21-July 11, at Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. The Opening Reception is Thurs., May 23, 1-4 p.m., at the Finley Center. Santa Rosa, California.

  • Published on April 29, 2019

    Empezando el 1 de mayo, adultos de 60 años o mayor pueden hablar con trabajadores sociales con experiencia de la Agencia de Adultos y Envejecimiento del Condado de Sonoma al llamar al nuevo numera de información y asistencia 707-565-INFO (707-565-4636) para responder a preguntas acerca de los muchos problemas que se enfrentan los adultos de mayor edad y para recibir referencias a servicios ofrecidos por agencias en la comunidad o por el gobierno. La asistencia gratis por teléfono se ofrece de lunes a viernes, 9AM a 4PM en inglés o en español. (Interpretes para otros lenguajes o asistencia alternativa para la comunicación pueden ser solicitados).

  • Published on April 29, 2019

    Los departamentos del Condado y otras agencias no comerciales los invita a celebrar el mes de CalFresh en el mes de mayo al regalar fruto saludable, bolsas para el mercado hechas de tela, recetas y libros de cocinar, adicionalmente giras de los mercados de agricultores y descuentos “Market Match”, eventos para la educación de nutrición y para inscribirse o recibir más información sobre el programa CalFresh en localidades en Santa Rosa, Petaluma y Healdsburg.

  • Published on April 26, 2019

    County departments and local nonprofits invite the community to celebrate CalFresh Month throughout May at free giveaways of healthy produce, cloth market bags, recipe cards and cookbooks, plus farmers market tours and Market Match discounts, nutrition education events and CalFresh eligibility and enrollment information at locations in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Healdsburg.

  • Published on April 25, 2019

    Starting May 1, 2019 older adults can talk with experienced Sonoma County Adult & Aging Division social workers by calling a new information and assistance line at (707) 565-INFO for answers to questions about a host of aging issues and get referrals to helpful community and government services.

  • Published on April 19, 2019

    La Agencia de Envejecimiento (AAA) invita a los residentes del Condado de Sonoma de toda edad a contribuir sus opiniones acerca de los programas y servicios futuros para adultos, adultos de mayor edad, personas con discapacidades, y a los proveedores (personas que proveen cuidado en casa para personas mayores de edad o con discapacidades) al completar la encuesta Evaluación para las Necesidades de la Comunidad a más tardar el 30 de junio.

  • Published on April 16, 2019

    Sonoma County caregivers can earn $25 and become certified to care for older and disabled adults at free, LGBT+ Awareness Trainings in May and June. The four-hour classes help improve caregivers’ skills when working with two often hidden and underserved populations, LGBT+ older adults and LGBT+ adults with disabilities.

  • Published on April 16, 2019

    Sonoma County residents of all ages are invited to offer input on future programs and services for older adults, seniors, persons with disabilities, and local caregivers by completing its countywide Senior Needs Assessment Survey by June 30

  • Published on April 2, 2019

    Los Beneficios de CalFresh llegan el 1 de mayo; Los beneficios de abril fueron añadidos en marzo. Santa Rosa, CA.

  • Published on April 2, 2019

    The State of California will issue May CalFresh benefits in a single day on May 1. April benefits were added early, on March 22.

  • Published on March 18, 2019

    Los cuidadores están invitados a mejorar sus habilidades asistiendo a una de las ocho capacitaciones gratuitas de Concientización Sobre LGBT+ hasta noviembre. Los programas gratuitos capacitarán y certificarán a 180 proveedores de atención médica sobre cómo mejorar los servicios para adultos mayores LGBT+ del Condado de Sonoma y adultos con discapacidades LGBT+. Santa Rosa, California

  • Published on March 18, 2019

    Caregivers are invited to improve their skills by attending one of eight, free, LGBT+ Awareness Trainings through November hosted by the IHSS Public Authority, Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging, SAGECare and LGBTQ Connections. The free programs will train and certify 180 care providers about the needs of LGBT+ older adults and LGBT+ adults with disabilities. Santa Rosa, California.

  • Published on March 14, 2019

    Sonoma County employers from all industries can meet qualified job seekers at a free local job fair hosted by Sonoma County Job Link and the Workforce Investment Board (WIB). Both job seekers and employers can sign up to attend the Wednesday, April 17 job fair, held 11 a.m.–2p.m., at Job Link, 2227 Capricorn Way, Suite 100, Santa Rosa.

  • Published on March 13, 2019

    Volunteers can help older adult increase their safety, balance, strength and confidence on their feet by training as a certified coach on June 3 with the nationally acclaimed program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls.

  • Published on March 13, 2019

    Lo invitamos a asistir a una serie de 8 clases basadas en el programa reconocido nacionalmente, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls (Cuestión de Equilibrio: Manejando Preocupaciones sobre las Caídas).

  • Published on March 13, 2019

    Improve your balance, flexibility and strength and get helpful tips to make your home safer by attending a free, eight-class series based on the nationally acclaimed program, A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns about Falls. Register for a series near you at mob@schsd.org or (707) 565-5936.

  • Published on March 5, 2019

    Applications are open through Friday, March 29, 2019 to become an elected California Senior Legislature (CSL) representative for Sonoma County.

  • 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

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County of Sonoma
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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