Homelessness continues to be a problem in Sonoma County. According to the 2019 Sonoma County Homeless Census, almost 22,000 people are at risk of homelessness on any given night. With high housing costs, loss of employment due to the pandemic and fires of recent years, it doesn’t look to get better any time soon. Our community isn’t exempt from the problem. The city recognized this when in late 2019 they established the Homelessness Roundtable.
In November 2010, Andy Durkee wrote a letter to the Rohnert Park City Manager. He requested the city consider adopting a Military Banner Program. The purpose for this program was to allow the community to honor and recognize individuals on active duty in the military. These members either resided, or have immediate family members who reside or work, in the City of Rohnert Park. Also, military members who have attended school in our local system are eligible for a banner.
Hunger is a year-round issue. Sonoma County included. Thankfully, the Redwood Empire Food Bank has been intrepidly meeting the need since 1987. Serving Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake and Del Norte Counties the mission of the Redwood Empire Food bank is simple, “To end hunger in our community.” It’s a daunting task in a normal year. This year, the impacts of the ongoing pandemic and associated aftershocks have been seismic. Despite these challenges, the team at REFB is staying positive and continuing with their efforts to ensure their mission is completed this winter and beyond.
COVID-19 has affected the lives of everyone; young, middle-aged and old. People have to change their routines, kids are learning online instead of in the classroom, wearing masks outside and can’t get as much exercise as they are used to. This is why Coach/Organizer Erik Tucker and President Dylan McReynolds decided to start a non-profit called Rohnert Park Baseball Club.