The Living Room, since 1993 a safe place in central Santa Rosa for homeless women and children to drop in for support and resources and something to eat, is now providing low-cost housing.

A loan from a supporter allowed the nonprofit to purchase a small home near the Living Room day center on Cleveland Avenue, north of College Avenue.

Karen FitzGerald, who leads the nonprofit’s board of directors, said two women with children are sharing the house and paying rent. Soon, she said, a second house, this one located within the Living Room complex, will be made available to women.

Also on the grounds are a commercial kitchen, showers and laundry facilities, classrooms and space for a parenting program, mental health counseling and other activities and services.

FitzGerald said women who live in the house near the center or who found housing with the help of The Living Room staffers are set to speak at an anniversary luncheon on Feb. 13 at the Friedman Event Center.

The public is invited to come at 11:30 a.m., dine and hear about what The Living Room has achieved in its first 25 years, including its new role as a provider of affordable rentals.

People who’d like to attend are asked to RSVP by email as soon as possible to or by calling the Living Room office at 707-579-0138.

Though there is no charge for the lunch, donations to the program will be accepted.

You can reach Staff Writer Chris Smith at 707-521-5211 and

Anniversary events

What: Afternoon of Recognition hosted by Amaturo Sonoma Media Group

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 30

Where: Old Courthouse Square, Santa ROsa

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What: Wildfire Anniversary Event: Community Healing Together. All-ages event to with art activities, musical performances, guided hikes, and food.

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6

Where: Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, 5750 Faught Road

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What: Museums of Sonoma County opening reception for “From the Fire: A Community Reflects and Rebuilds,” which runs through Jan. 27

When: 3-6 p.m. Oct. 6

Where: 505 B St., Santa Rosa

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*The event is the first in a larger series through the month of October, including an Oct. 25 event from 7-8:30 p.m. at 505 B St. featuring Press Democrat journalists discussing the fire coverage that earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize.


What: Together in Hope, a prayer gathering in solidarity to honor and remember the resiliency and recovery from the North Bay Fires.

When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7

Where: Cardinal Newman High School Field, 50 Ursuline Road.

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What: County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa’s ceremony, featuring chalk for artistic expression on sidewalks around Courthouse Square.

When: 4 – 8 p.m. Oct. 8, with a ceremony with a reading by Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla, and a firefighter memorial bell ringing begins at 6 p.m. Chalk will be available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa


What: La Luz Center’s appreciation of community resiliency, featuring food, art activities, resources and a listening session in Spanish conducted by Sustainable Sonoma.

When: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 8

Where: La Luz Center, 17560 Greger St. Sonoma



What: Honoring Loss, Rising in Hope – an evening of singing, prayer and reflection.

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: First United Methodist Church, 1151 Montgomery Drive

More details: Contact Pastor Lindsey Bell-Kerr at


What: One-year remembrance gathering hosted by Coffey Strong

When: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 9

Where: Near the intersection of Hopper Avenue and Coffey Lane

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