The Living Room just celebrated its 24th year of service! We are the only day center in Sonoma County that specifically serves homeless and at-risk women and their children. We fill a special need, in conjunction with other community agencies, by providing participants with a place to be during the day when overnight shelters are closed. The Living Room provides a supportive place to heal while in transition. A majority of the women we see have suffered from exposure to domestic violence and have experienced either physical or sexual assault.
We provide hot meals, on-site counseling, a computer center, a mailing address, phone access, and community referrals to help with housing, health care, and employment. We provide daily necessities such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, clothing, socks, diapers, etc. Our Mother and Child program provides a safe place for Moms to receive parenting training and for their children to play and learn. The Living Room is a critical place for women of all ages who are on the verge of becoming homeless, and the first place that many newly homeless turn to for relief and referral guidance. When able, we provide bus tickets for doctor appointments and job interviews, and emergency motel stays when a participant is ill.
In the last calendar year, The Living Room provided services to 1,200 participants including over 900 homeless and at-risk women and over 300 children. We served about 28,000 nutritionally balanced meals, an average of 55 breakfasts and 70 lunches per day. Our trained and dedicated Volunteers generously donated over 12,000 hours cooking, serving food, reading to children, giving classes in knitting & crocheting, yoga & meditation, hair cuts, job search assistance, move-in assistance, and more. We provided ongoing mental health assistance to approximately 200 women with on-site licensed counselors. Volunteers also serve on the board of directors and are responsible for many fundraising activities.
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