April 1, 2020
It is hard to believe it has been 3 weeks since we last saw many of you.  Since our doors closed to the public on Tuesday, March 10, some staff are working from home making Care Calls. Others are at Vintage House answering phones, taking grocery orders, and coordinating our Care Couriers who shop for and deliver groceries to those who need to remain home. Monday through Friday, staff are also handing out a minimum of 100 free meals every day. (Thanks to Ramekins!)  On Friday, in addition to the Ramekins meals, we will also have hot soup to go!  We are busy working on behalf of Sonoma Valley seniors, and part of that work is for staff to work on remaining a strong team.
How are we remaining connected while working in different locations? Well, we meet each morning using a tool call Zoom. It allows us to see and hear each other!  We have great brainstorming sessions, but we also have a lot of laughs. When a furry cat crosses the screen, or a curious toddler's smiling face suddenly appears, we share a lovely moment of connection. We have also been sharing our go-to resources for coping with so much uncertainty. We decided that during this shelter in place, we would like to share our "picks" with you, and we hope you will do the same by sharing with us at

Staff Corner

Jade's Picks

Hi from home. I am the Operations Manager at Vintage House. Some of my duties include making sure all the daily programs run smoothly and sending out the weekly e-blasts. Currently, I have lots of reasons to count my blessings. I get to work from home and help my two boys navigate distance learning. I have a Sophomore in High School and a 4th grader. All I have to say about that is, teachers need to get paid a lot more!
I’m not sure about you all, but I’m going stir crazy. I miss seeing all the Vintage House Yogis, Meditators, Soupers, Dancers, Card Gamers, and the rest of you. What I miss most is my routine. If I miss my routine, you must as well. Here is a list of some of the things I fill my day with, in the hopes that it may help you.
Cooking, because we all got to eat. I start my day with a healthy breakfast. We can’t control what is going on, but we can control what we put in our bodies. One of my go-to recipes is overnight oats because it is so diverse. Click here for a simple recipe. I make overnight oats with coconut milk, frozen berries, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and chia seeds. Another go-to recipe for me is Sweet Potato Hash, which I make for breakfast and dinner. Click here for the recipe.

Move! I find exercising 30 minutes a day helps reduce my stress, boosts my mood, and gives me energy. There are lots of free options on youtube. A couple of local gyms are pumping out terrific videos. Such as Sonoma Fit, and Parkpoint. I find that in our current state I’m a little more stressed out, so check out this 10-minute yoga video that concentrates on neck, shoulder, and upper back from Yoga with Adriene.

When I’m feeling like I need to see my friends and family, I ZOOM. ZOOM is a software for your computer that allows you to have a face-to-face visit with friends and family. How is this different than your phone? You can see and talk to multiple people, share your computer screen, and be hands-free. Vintage House has a tutorial I am more than happy to help you! Please email me at
I hope all of you are staying healthy. See you soon!

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Join Vintage House for a Zoom TED Talk.
Vintage House Staff will facilitate.

How to be Your Best Self during a Crisis. 

Friday, April 3 1:00 to 2:00

Please click on the zoom link to join.
"Life's beauty is inseparable from its fragility," says psychologist Susan David. In a special virtual conversation, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage, and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Responding to listeners' questions from across the globe, she offers ways to talk to your children about their emotions, keep focus during the crisis and help those working on the front lines. (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded March 23, 2020)
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