Welcome to Human Services!
I’m an effort to reach as much of our community members as possible the Human Services coalition is made up of five programs. Each program is meant to target different groups in our community that, at times, can be forgotten. For this reason we ask volunteers to commit to volunteer for the duration of the semester. So if you volunteer on Mondays from 2-4pm, we ask that you return to the site every Monday until the semester is over. Carpool is available for those that do not have transportation. Read below to gain more information about our programs and how you can get involved.
Lobo's Pantry: our on-campus food pantry that is open to ALL SSU students. The pantry offers non-perishable food items, hygiene products, child diapers and binders. There are also resources regarding CalFresh and other pantries available. Volunteers will get the opportunity to work closely with our Lobo's Pantry coordinator to help make the pantry run smoothly. Volunteers will help restock the pantry, check students out, answer questions regarding the pantry, and help create a welcoming environment for students.
The Living Room: a day shelter open to women and their children that may be experiencing homelessness or are at risk. The shelter has a wide variety of resources for women. Volunteers will get a chance to work directly with the women in the shelter, with the children, and with staff to help enrich the women and children's experiences.
The Family Support Center Cafe: a multi-service shelter in Santa Rosa that provides support for families that may be experiencing homelessness. Volunteers will get the chance to work with the chef in the kitchen and help create warm meals for the residents. Volunteers will also get the chance to serve dinner to the children and parents present.
The Respite Center: a day center for adults with early onset Alzheimer's. The Respite Center is meant to provide temporary relief for the primary caregivers of the participants. Volunteers will help enrich the experience of the participants by holding meaningful conversations with them and facilitating interactive activities for them. Some of those activities may include dancing, doing arts and crafts or playing games with the program participants.
Sam Jones Dining Hall: a shelter that provides temporary housing for adults that are experiencing homelessness. This is also a multi-service shelter that provides services for residents that range from access to laundry facilities to economic guidance. Volunteers have the opportunity to help in the kitchen and serve dinner to the residents.
Other Human Services Events
Pop-Up Pantries: Lobo's Pop-Up Pantries are held every other week in various locations across campus. The pop-up pantries provide students with fresh produce and other perishable food items to make a meal and quick snacks.
H&H Week: consists of programs, events and volunteer opportunities for SSU students to further engage in discussions of hunger and homelessness. During this week we discuss how these issues affect us at a local and global scale. Resources on housing and food services in Sonoma County are also made available for students during this week.
If you are interested in learning more about Human Services or have questions, please email the Human Services Director, Claudia Deglado, at firstname.lastname@example.org.