Program hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
The Living Room welcomes homeless and at-risk women and their children into a safe and comfortable environment during the day when shelters are closed. Information on temporary supportive social services are made available to them and their children, and they are offered a place to learn new skills and move toward independence and self-sufficiency.
The Living Room's two core programs are the Women’s Program and the Mother and Child Program (MAC) offered by a caring staff and hundreds of volunteers, and utilizing an ever expanding network of Community Partners working together.
Currently, the two programs serve over 1,200 individual participants annually who visit regularly or multiple times. An average of 70-80 participants receive services every day Monday-Friday. This includes approximately 20-30 children and their mothers who attend the Mother and Child Program. A nourishing breakfast and a hot lunch is prepared and served by our volunteers - about 2,000 meals are served per month. .
The Women's Program provides referrals and linkages to community resources and use of a telephone and computers with Internet access to help with job and housing searches. We offer mental health counseling and classes, including art therapy and knitting. We have a message board, newspapers, writing supplies, and stamps. Participants can use a post office box maintained by The Living Room to receive their mail. Women can pick up essential items such as blankets, sleeping bags and foul weather gear.
The Mother and Child Program (MAC) is a parenting program that provides a safe, child-friendly environment for mothers and their children. Mothers receive vital support from staff, including Triple P Parenting support, as well as basic necessities such as bottles, diapers, baby clothing, and strollers. The Living Room staff provides mothers with resources and referrals for health care, education, child care, parenting support and counseling, while their children engage with toys and activities carefully chosen to enhance curiosity and support early learning.
Community Partners - The Living Room partners with many organizations in the community to provide education and access to health and other services, including the California Parenting Institute, Catholic Charities/Housing, Drug Abuse Alternatives Center, Sutter Family Practice and Residency Program, and Community Intervention Program of the Sonoma County Department of Mental Health. For a more complete referral list of community partners, click here.