July 12, 2018 - Loving The Living Room Fundraiser

THURSDAY, JULY 12,  5 - 7 PM

Wild Oak Saddle Club Photo

April 28, 2018 - Article in the Press Democrat about the Living Room's participation in The Human Race - Click here.

February 6, 2018 - Article in the Press Democrat - The Living Room offers housing! Click here

August 18, 2017 - Article in the Press Democrat about Huts for the Homeless (two located at the Living Room) - Click here

January 26, 2017 - TLR's Celeste Austin is celebrated in the Press Democrat for her work with the homeless in Sonoma County - Click here

August 28, 2016 - "The Living Room is Santa Rosa's refuge for women, kids" - Press Democrat article - Click here

April 8, 2016 - Article in Press Democrat, by Martin Espinoza - Click here

March 28, 2016 PRESS RELEASE - Click here to see our latest press release about moving to our new home May 2, and "Save the Date for our Grand Opening fundraiser August 28 ("Loving The Living Room").

May 14, 2015 - Thank you to to everyone who attended and made a donation at The Living Room's first annual HOME BASE fundraiser luncheon held at St. Rose Parish Center last Thursday! It was a tremendous turnout of invited guests who came to hear about TLR's current services and plans to move to our newly purchased property in the fall. At the new location, more services will be possible including showers and laundry facilities! The success of this fundraiser was beyond our expectations for a first time event of this kind! We are grateful for every donation, whether large or small!  A huge step has been taken toward a brighter future for the woman and children we serve at The Living Room.  See photos of the event on our Facebook page.

May 9, 2015
- Thank you to everyone who participated in Sonoma County's annual Human Race on May 9th and supported The Living Room!  Whether you made a donation or walked/ran in the race, we appreciate your generous contribution!  As usual, our volunteers, staff and supporters had a great time making the day enjoyable for everyone!

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February 14, 2015 - Thank you to the Junior League of Napa and Sonoma for making our Valentine's Day so special. They brought gift bags and beautiful cupcakes for our ladies. XOXOXO from TLR!

February 7, 2015 -  Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West held its annual Crab Feast and part of the event benefited The Living Room!  This phenominal organization had a paddle raise at the event that resulted in $24,000 for us. THANK YOU to The Rotary Club and everyone who raised their paddle.  It's a great start toward the commercial kitchen project being planned for our newly purchased property that will become our new HOME BASE later this year!.

January 24, 2015
- LookingGlass Champagne and Shopping, Healdsburg
held a beautiful event at their store to benefit The Living Room.  Music, food, wine, and raffle were enjoyed by their lady customers and members of TLR.  THANK YOU to owner Jennifer Merletti Penrose for graciously organizing this fun benefit that brought us $2,360 for the homeless women and children we serve! 

December 2015 - 6th ANNUAL STROLLER DRIVE!  We have strollers! Thanks to Community First Credit Union who just finished a stroller drive for us, we have strollers to distribute to our homeless moms with small children. Thank you to all who donated.TLR Stroller Drive 2014 Photo

December 19, 2014 - Our Annual Chrismas luncheon for the women and children at The Living Room was a beautiful sight to see.  Volunteers prepared and served a delicious meal, and lots of gifts were given to the children and teens.  The visit from Santa included photos of the children sitting on his lap.  It was wonderful to see smiles on so many faces.
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PRESS RELEASE December 12, 2014.  The Living Room is moving to a new Home Base (Click here).  

December 2, 2014, GIVING TUESDAY- THANK YOU to all our great volunteers and donors who braved the weather to help us with donations and yummy cookies.  Many gift items and cash donations were collected in our parking lot by our volunteer elves and our freinds from Marmot. Everyone had a great time!   A special thank you to Santa Tim for dropping by to greet everyone!  Be sure to put this "national giving day" on your calendar for next year!

Wreath For TLR  TLR Giving Tuesday 2014 Group Wreath For TLR 

November 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m.  THANK YOU to First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, for hosting a free concert performed by Trio Céleste.  The exciting program featured works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Trio Céleste is one of the best young chamber groups around today. Violinist Iryna Krechkovsky, cellist Ross Gasworth, and pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks combined to form an exciting, dynamic and intelligent ensemble. It was a wonderful evening.  Thank you to everyone who attended and made a donation to The Living Room.

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October 19, 2014 - THE 2ND ANNUAL PASTA PARTY FOR THE LIVING ROOM WAS held, and it was very successful!  A big THANK YOU to all the volunteers and guests who made it so much fun!  We're grateful to our generous supporters for helping The Living Room raise funds to continue its mission assisting homeless women and children overcome adversity.
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Photos donated by Melinda Hughes-Berland

August 21, 2
014 - We are so blessed to have the donation of 100 gift cards for new  shoes from the Soles for Souls program at the Center for Spiritual Living. New shoes that fit and look great are quite a treat for The Living Room kids. Take a look at the great selections made by Scarlet and Chloe!)
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August 19, 2014 - A big THANK YOU to Threads for Teens! TLR nominated two young women to be able to shop for free at the Threads for Teens boutique and they had a fabulous experience. You can learn more about their program at  
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August 8, 2014 - So many happy faces at our back pack give away! Thanks to the Clausen family for all of their hard work gathering materials and setting up the backpack event. These kids are ready for class!
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July 27, 2014 - Our 2014 annual summer fundraiser, "An Afternoon Affair," was a huge success!   About 150 guests and volunteers gathered on the enchanting grounds of Pythian House to enjoy fine local wines, delicious hors d'oeuvres, live music and an exceptional silent auction. Proceeds from this event make it possible for The Living Room to continue helping and guiding the growing population of women and children we serve who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in our community.  A special thank you to Ame Van Dyke (E.R. Sawyer Jewelers) for generously volunteering her time and energy creating and managing the silent auction, and for donating the beautiful diamond pendant raffled at the event. Speakers included Penni (one of our participants) who was brave enough to share her story, Congressman Mike Thompson, and Supervisor Shirlee Zane who continually advocates for The Living Room and for homeless services throughout the County. Also, many thanks to Laura and John Benward who kindly donated their beautiful grounds at Pythian House in Santa Rosa (Kenwood) to hold the event. Laura, an accomplished vocalist, also peformed with musicians Stephanie Ozer on piano and Peter Barshay on the bass. This event could not have been possible without the generosity of our underwriters, sponsors, auction donors, and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this event successful and memorable.  We thank everyone for their support!

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May 10, 2014
-  A good time was had by all who walked or ran in the 2014 Annual Human Race sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County!  Hundreds of people visited our booth and signed up for a free drawing for an ice cream Party Pack donated by Cold Stone Creamery.  Thank you to everyone who supported The Living Room and generously made donations to support homeless women and children.
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May 4 and 5, 2014 - Great Italian food was enjoyed by all who dined at Roberto's Trattoria Lupo Bar & Restaurant.  Thank you to owner Roberto Catania for being our restaurant sponsor for for the 2014 Annual Human Race -  third year in a row!  A portion of his proceeds on May 4 and 5 were donated to the Living Room!

April 26, 2014 - Sonoma Showcase of Bands, a benefit for The Living Room and two other nonprofits, was held at the Vererans Memorial Building.  Six live bands in one building, in three rooms!  There was dancing and listening to great music 7pm-12:30am. The Living Room is grateful to the community for holding supporter events to help us continue our work helping the homeless women and children we serve.

April 26, 2014 - Thank you to G&G Market for supporting The Living Room!  Donation canisters were at check stands providing us with donations.  TLR Executive Director, Cheryl Parkinson, and volunteers set up a booth and spoke to shoppers about the services TLR provides to homeless women and childre.  We appreciate G&G Market's support and for dedicating their talents, energy and resources to building a healthy, prosperous community where all can thrive. 

December 31, 2013Community First Credit Union held their annual stroller drive through the end of the month.  They collected 46 strollers from the employees and CFCU customers for the mothers at The Living Room, and donated $849!  TLR is very thankful!

December 20, 2013 - The annual Holiday luncheon was held at Church of the Incarnation.  175 women and children were served a special Holiday lunch planned, prepared and served by TLR volunteers and staff.  Toys and Xmas stockings were distributed to the kids and lots of photos were taken with Santa Tim (thanks to Santa Tim Nonprofit Charity / Tim Oxford Construction, Inc.).  Also, a special thanks to Ame Van Dyke (E.R. Sawyer Jewelers) for helping sponsor the event held exclusively for our participants.

November 10, 2013 - The Living Room celebrated their 20th anniversary by hosting a Pasta Party held at the Church of the Incarnation's Farlander Hall.  This event was a huge success!  150 guests enjoyed pasta from the PASTA KING, a silent auction and live music  Thank you to our sponsors: Pasta King, Smith Dollar PC, Dr. David Noorthoek, Murphy-Goode Wines, Mike's Hard Lemonade Co, and to the many local businesses and indivudals who donated items for our silent auction.

October 25, 2013 - The Living Room was honored by receiving the Bob Tunks Peace Award at the Day of Non-Violence luncheon hosted by MOVES.

February 8, 2013 - Our annual Volunteer Appreciation event is an opportunity to thank those who give so much to our program. Everyone had a great time at this year's celebration.  More than 50 volunteers shared good food, wine, and the opportunity to win raffle prizes. We were also privileged to hear a touching presentation by Anne Scott, about the women who participate in her meditation/empowerment class at The Living Room.

December 2012 - A big thank you to Community First Credit Union for sponsoring their 4th Annual Stroller Drive to help women and their children at The Living Room. During this effort, we received the largest number of strollers ever! Baby strollers are the single most critical and consistent need for the mothers that we serve.

November 10, 2012 - Artist Jennifer Mulder is committed to creating “soulful” art that will uplift the spirit and encourage positive thoughts. Her Fall open studio, at her Jendala metal art studio in Healdsburg, featured a silent auction and raffle, with items donated by local artists. 100% of the proceeds were donated to The Living Room. She also donated 10% of studio sales.Thanks also to The Spyralites, who provided live music, and to Dogwood Winery, La Crema Winery, and Lagunitas Brewing Company, who provided wine and beer for the event.

June 10, 2012 - Almost $24,000 was raised in ticket sales, a silent auction, and a raffle at our annual Garden Party, held at the McDonald Mansion. It was a beautiful event, underwritten by the Codding Foundation, Exchange Bank, Dr. David Noorthoek, North Coast Tile & Stone, Warner Custom Homes, and the Webley Foundation. Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket, donated a silent auction item, and provided services to make this our most successful fundraiser of the year!

May 5, 2012 - A thank you to everyone who walked, donated, pledged, dined at our sponsor restaurant, and/or visited our booth at the 2012 HUMAN RACE. We reached our goal of $15,000!

April 29, 2012 - Thank you to Roberto Catania, owner of  Roberto's Trattoria Lupo for being our restaurant sponsor for the 2012 annual Human Race, sponsored by Volunteer Center of Sonoma County.  Many of  our volunteers and supporters enjoyed fine dining on April 29 to support The Living Room.  A portion of the evening's proceeds were donated to The Living Room.

December 2011 - The Third Annual Stroller Drive to help mothers of The Living Room was a terrific success! A HUGE thanks to Community First for partnering with us for this event. Strollers are the single most critical and consistent need of the women and children who are helped at The Living Room.

November 19, 2011 - Thank you to all of our supporters for joining us at the screening of A Christmas Story at the 6th Street Playhouse. Great fun was had by all, and much-needed funds were raised for The Living Room programs.

September 18, 2011 - The Living Room would like to express our deep gratitude to all of our friends and supporters who came out to our event at Fieldstone Winery on a delightful Sunday in the Alexander Valley. Eveyone enjoyed the delicious food, fine wines, and pleasant company. Special thanks to Sylvia Strong and Patsy Daniels as co-chairs of the event, and to Caroline Banuelos as key staff support. Also thanks to our underwriters, our winery donors, and food donors: we are very grateful for your generosity.

Summer 2011 - The Living Room extends its heartfelt appreciation to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and to the North Coast Bank (now the American River Bank), each of which supported our mission through $10,000 grants for program services for the women and children who are homeless or precariously housed in Sonoma County.