By Maggie Bedord
Last week I ran into an old friend, Julie, who was going through a difficult time and was on the verge of being homeless. When I suggested that she contact Sonoma Overnight Support, she wasn’t sure what to expect and was fearful. I explained that I do volunteer work for them and that the shelter is a pleasant, clean and safe environment, and that the staff is very warm and knowledgeable and they might be able to find her the help she needs.
After spending a cold night in her car, she decided to go to the shelter and see what it was all about. They talked with her and put her up in a temporary, emergency bed. After working with the case manager, they were able to connect her with her family on the East Coast. She just contacted me to let me know that she was very grateful for the help she received. Julie is now home with family and out of the cold.
For anyone going through a hard time, Sonoma Overnight Support offers three programs: The Haven Emergency Shelter, a Community Drop-in Resource and Information Center and the Brown Baggers Food Program.