Research shows that the expectations of children and young adults have a strong impact on whether or not they attend college. Saving for college helps children see themselves as someone who is college-bound. Children from low-income households with college savings from $1-$499 are 3x more likely to attend college. It is with this meaningful research in mind that the Healdsburg Kinder2College Fund was formed.
The Healdsburg Kinder2College Fund (K2C) is a college savings initiative launched by members of the Healdsburg Community in partnership with Corazón Healdsburg. This innovative investment in the children of Northern Sonoma County provides every Kindergartner with a College Savings Account (CSA) with $100 in their name. For families that are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, an additional $50 will be deposited into the student’s CSA. In 2019, this program was expanded to include Geyserville, Alexander Valley and West Side Elementary Schools.
The Living Room uses a Strengths-Based Approach when working with participants to accomplish their goals. This approach emphasizes that everyone, regardless of their past or current circumstances, has strengths and capabilities to be celebrated, nurtured and utilized.
The Living Room’s approach to services is also grounded in a Trauma Informed Care Perspective, which acknowledges the profound and lasting effects of trauma on an individual’s physical and mental health. 90% of TLR participants report having experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.
The women and children who come to The Living Room are diverse in experience, age, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, education and socioeconomic background. TLR participants may have varying degrees of physical and mental health challenges, may struggle with substance abuse and may have complex trauma histories.
Our aim is to create a welcoming safe environment where participants can rest, rejuvenate and work towards stability. Our staff and volunteers are deeply dedicated to treating every woman and child who comes to The Living Room with kindness, dignity and compassion