A Parent’s Struggle Inspires

Mary Stompe’s high job satisfaction is rooted in a truly personal situation; her mother experienced what far too many seniors do. Mary explains, “My own mother, who had lived a middle class life in Marin, began a rapid downward spiral when my father died unexpectedly. She lost his pension, health and dental insurance, their house, […]

A Family’s Legacy

Brothers, ages 11 and 9, are put on a train alone to escape a growing threat to Jews as war looms. Their parents stay behind in Germany, hoping to join them after taking care of family affairs. They will never see each other again.  Hans (“Hank”) Cohn and younger brother Bert lived briefly in France […]

Find Your Holiday Light

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen   We find ourselves in a season of contrasts of darkness and light. Today is the shortest and darkest day of the year. We reflect on the year coming to a close and chronicle our personal and collective losses and disappointments. We see the ways […]

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Grant Workshops

We are excited to share that on December 2nd, 2016 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend will be launching the 2016-17 Community Grants Program, a broadly accessible, responsive grants program designed to address the most pressing needs in our communities. To learn more about the Community Grants Program funding priorities and criteria, you are encouraged (but not […]

Saving Families

Expecting their first child, saving for a first home and working as a preschool teacher, all seemed well with a young family until their daughter’s birth had complications. The couple, having no health insurance, used all their savings on medical bills. Then, after her husband lost his job and eventually walked out, never to return, […]

Hounded by the Political Season?

Visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum! If pundits and politicos have left you spinning in recent weeks, re-adjust your wheels and head towards the Schulz Museum for a truly heart-warming and patriotic affair. Prepare to “oooh”, “ahhhh”, and wax nostalgic over the amazing factoids and memorabilia on display at the Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington […]

Clayton Fire Response

Our thoughts and well wishes are with the residents and firefighters effected by the devastating Clayton fire that broke out August 13th. The fire is still active and borders the areas destroyed by last year’s Valley fire, but is fortunetly being contained. If you wish to provide assistance, we have compiled a list of organizations actively involved. American […]

#ReasonForHope

Every American generation must face defining moments. We are facing one now. The recent killings of people and police officers in communities across the country have stirred feelings of discord and despair, and left Americans wondering how we’ll find a way forward. Yet America has faced many such moments before, and found a path towards […]

Child Parent Institute

“I’m at the end of my rope. Where do I turn?” A mother of four tries to improve herself through college studies while raising her kids with no help from their father. Child Parent Institute’s (CPI’s) in-home parent counseling services provides positive solutions resulting in a better home life. Sometimes parents need a time-out. A positive parenting […]

Impact (100) Grant

Impact 100 Redwood Circle has awarded its first $100,000 grant to VOICES, an innovative nonprofit that provides youth with the resources they need to make the leap from foster care to successful, independent adulthood. More than 100 members of this nascent women’s giving circle gathered on Saturday, May 21 to hear presentations from three nonprofit grant […]