Sonoma County Acts of Kindness - Community Hero

Sonoma County Acts of Kindness


Community Hero

Nominated by

Janal Reyes, Steven Gomez, and Michael Titone

Presented by

Grace Villafuerte, Merit Awards Committee


Sonoma County Acts of Kindness is a nonprofit that addresses and meets the needs of our unsheltered community with efficiency, compassion, non-judgment, and advocacy.

What started in 2019, as a the desire of a few women to make life a little easier for the community of more than 350 unhoused people on the Joe Rodota Trail, evolved into a community of housed and unhoused neighbors working together to provide advocacy and resources to our unsheltered community. They are now an all-volunteer 501(c)3 organization with over 2,000 members, supporting our unsheltered community, performing daily outreach until they obtain shelter, reasonable accommodations, or wraparound services.

As Heather Jackson states, “It is so much more than handing out a meal; it is building relationships. Many of our volunteers, including myself, have lived experiences including homelessness, mental health conditions, childhood trauma, and past substance abuse, which gives us a unique perspective that allows us to empathize and have deep compassion for those we serve. Through the bonds, trust, and relationships that we build, people become comfortable sharing their stories with us, and we can share ours with them. Through these conversations, we can guide, mentor, encourage, and support them even through the toughest times. Our advocacy work also includes supporting and assisting our unsheltered neighbors before and during camp clearings. We submit requests on their behalf for shelter or reasonable accommodations to Catholic Charities, the City of Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County Homeless Services teams. We attend meetings with them and these teams to support them through the process of seeking shelter. We have connected and helped people walk through fear and anxiety to get the services that they need, seek treatment, get medical care and mental health services.”

Sonoma County Acts of Kindness is a Community Hero to the unsheltered residents in Santa Rosa.

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