In the late 1990s, a group of concerned Sonoma volunteers belonging to various churches began answering the call to shelter the homeless.
Sonoma Overnight Support was formed in 2003 as a nonprofit. Through their efforts, famlies as well as individuals were housed overnight in several locations – from churches to motels. Eventually, it became apparent that a permanent facility was needed.
In 2007, with a grant from the State of California and support from the City of Sonoma, SOS purchased a four-bedroom modular home. We called it The Haven.
The Back Story:
for the Future:
There's a growing need for emergency housing for women with children. We've started on path to provide that. Won't you join us? Click on the picture if you'd like to help.
The SOS Team:
Executive Director Kathy King is a native San Franciscan who moved to Sonoma in 2012. For the past three years, she has been a fund and organizational development consultant to SOS. King holds a master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from the University of San Francisco. She has served as executive director of the Seton Health Services Foundation and the Agape Foundation and as development director for Catholic Charities of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of the East Bay. She is currently a member of Soroptimist International of Sonoma Valley and Impact 100 of Sonoma.
Robert Tannenbaum, Treasurer
The Board of Directors:
Mary Pat Manning
Whole Foods Market
The City of Sonoma
The Carl Gellert & Celia Berta Gellert Foundation
Friends in Sonoma Helping
Hanna Boys Center
Sonoma Wine Country
Community Development Commission
The Soroptomists of Sonoma