In 1993, in response to the ever-increasing number of women and children without homes, The Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa founded The Living Room to provide a safe place for women and children without homes to go during daytime hours, hours when overnight shelters are usually closed. The program started small but grew over the years, to meet an increasing need. In September 2003, The Living Room became a separate, 501(c)(3) organization. Today, The Living Room operates two programs, the drop-in center for adult women and the Mother and Child Program for mothers and their children.
The original program served an average of five women per day, three days per week and included coffee, beverages and instant soups. In just one short year, visits from women coming to the Church increased to nearly 1,500 annually. By 1996, participant visits during the year had tripled, to 4,400, with the hours of operation increased to a five-day schedule.
In 2012, The Living Room tallied over 19,000 participant visits, served over 25,000 meals, provided services to more than 800 women and their children and was privileged to use 11,000 volunteer hours.