Thank you and Happy New Year from SOS!

challenged residents, indicate it’s not a problem that will be solved overnight.”

 

With this in mind our board member and treasurer Jack Ding, wrote a heartfelt holiday letter in respond to the recent events: "Haven or Heaven?

 

"English is my second language and I really didn't know. I had been confused and thought "Haven" was the same as "Heaven" until last year when someone corrected me; then I said to myself, wait a minute, maybe it is right. For those who are homeless, the Haven must be Heaven. In my mind, I will always think of the Haven house in this beautiful and meaningful way!

I want to thank Janis Mara, Index Tribune staff writer for reporting about the Watmaugh neighbors seeking to close the Emergency Winter Shelter at Sonoma Alliance Church. Many comments have been made about this issue on social media that have enhanced the awareness of the

On this last day of the year I want to thank you all for your generosity. SOS has faced a lot of challenges this year and we continue to carry out our mission. This year SOS made the “Above the Fold: Stories that intrigued Sonoma in 2018”

 

Sonoma Index Tribune staff writer Christian Kallen points out in this end of year peace that: “Homelessness has become an immediate concern in Sonoma as it is throughout much of the county, and how communities deal with it is a measure of policy, resources and heart.

 

Sonoma Overnight Support managed to wrangle another year of financial support from the county for its winter shelter program in July, after initially being denied a needed grant.

 

But as the year draws to a close, some neighbors of the winter shelter location at the Sonoma Alliance Church on Watmaugh Road have threatened to file suit against the church over its apparent lack of a permit and proper zoning. Response to the suit, and the continuing problem of finding a roof for an increasing number of occupancy-

By Kathy King, Director

Sonoma Overnight Support

We want the county to update the PRMD code to meet the ever-changing needs of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley.

 

We don't want to see people misuse the law as a tool to rationalize their position. With compassion, the law should be used as an instrument for social justice and in the service of all of our citizens!

Many thanks to all of the people who support the work we do at Sonoma Overnight Support. Your donations and creative ideas on the homelessness crisis in our community are greatly appreciated.

My hope is that during this holiday season we never forget that the staircase to Haven—Heaven, is right there in all of our hearts.

 

SOS would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! May compassion reign in all of our hearts in 2019.

homelessness and housing crisis in Sonoma Valley.

 

Cindy Vrooman has just resigned from her position as SOS president due to serious illness.

However, Cindy never forgets about those most in need and her compassion is now stronger than ever and tells people '...I am dying, and in this phase of my life, I would love to see people embrace love and not anger towards our local homeless neighbors...'.

Kathy King, SOS's Executive Director, is working closely with Rev. Rob Goerzen from Sonoma Alliance Church, Supervisor Gorin, Sonoma County, and the City of Sonoma in an effort to pursue a resolution to the zoning and permit use involving the location of the Sonoma Alliance Church, where the Emergency Winter Shelter has successfully taken place for the past three years.

 

The Winter Shelter typically serves around 10 people during cold and rainy winter nights. As a non-profit organization, SOS is rapidly responding to address the concerns of local citizens.

Last year, Sonoma County was designated as a Federal Disaster area.

Sonoma Overnight Support: 707-939-6777

151 1st St. W., Sonoma, CA 95476

The Brown Baggers volunteers prepare & distribute burritos

 or sandwich lunches at The Haven and other Sonoma locations. 

 

We offer resident- and non-resident clients counseling, referrals to other agencies, computer use, laundry services, showers and hot meals. 

The Haven is a 10-bed home

that serves low-income adult

men, women and families who

lack stable housing.