Stay Informed, Be Inspired
April 21, 2020

Staff Corner

Katie DeJongh - Smiling Eyes

Hi, I am Katie DeJongh. I have been teaching meditation classes at Vintage House for almost a year. From the beginning, I was taken by this wonderful community and the good work Vintage House is doing. I started to volunteer, then joined the staff to help coordinate the food program.
One of the things I love about my job is bringing people together and building community through the medium of food. Just about everyone loves food, and people want to feel connected to each other . . . so we put the two together! Those of you who have joined us for our Friday Soup’s On! and Wednesday Supper’s On! programs have enjoyed not only delicious meals prepared by local chefs, but also good company and engaging conversation.
In March we had to close our doors because of the pandemic. No more meals together, no more gatherings! How do you build community when you have to “shelter in place”? Yes, we closed the doors leading into the building . . . yet many new doors have opened. Our dynamic and flexible team has stepped out of the box to rise to the challenge, with the help of our members, the board, and the greater Sonoma community.
The food program plays an important role in our response. Perhaps you have seen
the cars lined up outside our parking lot. Every day, Monday through Friday, we serve around 500 meals to seniors and families, thanks to donations and collaboration with other nonprofits, businesses, and individuals in the Valley.
People come to us looking for assistance, connection, or an opportunity to serve the greater good. Each person is a reflection of the resilience of the human spirit and a reminder that we are all interconnected. I have grown to truly appreciate the way a smile comes through from behind a mask. No mask can cover up the way a real smile shines from the heart and reveals itself in the eyes, radiating out and touching others. Many consider the eyes to be mirrors of the soul. Paramahansa Yogananda puts it so beautifully when he says, “Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.”
Let’s face it: Masks are uncomfortable, hot, smelly; they muffle our speech and fog up our glasses; it’s hard to recognize each other, and they make us feel isolated. Yet people are having fun with it and getting really creative. Every morning at Vintage House we look forward to seeing the parade of masks go by. And everyone who comes to us is like family. We greet them from six feet away, with open arms. The gratitude in their eyes is apparent, and in return, we feel grateful that we can be of service.
I often wonder, when this pandemic is over when the masks come off, will we recognize each other around town? In the end, it doesn’t really matter. Masked or unmasked, when all of us walking this earth recognize ourselves in the eyes of everyone we encounter—when we acknowledge each other as family, regardless of race, religion, class or politics—we will create heaven on earth, one person at a time.

Life After Sheltering in Place

What's Your Vision?

Intentional Creativity through Collage

Come join me for a 6-week ZOOM class. Let's have fun creating our dreams.
No creativity background needed, just an open mind. 

Week One:
- Creating a Sacred Space using the Red        Thread & Ritual
- Tools you will need for the class
- Introduction to your classmates
- Discussion as to your Intention
  for the class
Week Two:
- Setting the Intention
- Clearing your energy fields
- Going over the map for your Collage
- Open Conversation
- Fun

Week Three, Four & Five:
- Having fun doing our Collage together
- Guidance if needed
- Music, Movement
- More fun
Week Six:
- Closing Circle
- Showing our Collage Pieces
- Claiming our new future 
Bobbie Jonas is a Holistic Practitioner, Minister of her walking prayer, Red Thread Circle Guide, Somatic Bodyworker, Quantum healing Relationship Coach, Writer, Artist & Podcaster. 
She teaches and talks on subjects that give us the freedom to be all of who we are in a magical & creative way. Bobbie believes that Intentional Creativity leads us to our joy and passion by using & discovering all of our 6 senses.
Mondays April 27 through June 8 • 10:00 to 11:30
No Class Monday, May 29
Register here: Collage Class


Join Vintage House for a ZOOM TED Talk.
Facilitated by Jade Filippi

How Do Viruses Jump From Animals to Humans
Why COVID-19 is Hitting us Now and How to Prepare for the Next Outbreak

Friday, April 24 • 1:00 to 2:00
At a Maryland country fair in 2017, farmers reported feverish hogs with inflamed eyes and running snouts. While farmers worried about the pigs, the department of health was concerned about a group of sick fairgoers. Soon, 40 of these attendees would be diagnosed with swine flu. How can pathogens from one species infect another, and what makes this jump so dangerous? Ben Longdon explains.

Where did the new coronavirus originate, how did it spread so fast -- and what's next? Sharing insights from the outbreak, global health expert and TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh traces the spread of COVID-19, discusses why travel restrictions aren't effective and highlights the medical changes needed worldwide to prepare for the next pandemic. "We need to make sure that every country in the world has the capacity to identify new diseases and treat them," she says. (Recorded March 5, 2020. Update: the CDC is now calling for everyone to wear face coverings in public.)
Click here: ZOOM TED Talk

ZOOM French Conversation

Ready to speak French? Don't let the Shelter in Place delay your learning.
Join the conversation with Gerard via ZOOM.

Gerard Bassat, a native of France, Facilitates a group of fluent or mid-level speakers.

Mondays • 10:30 to 11:30
Register here: French Conversation

Shelter in Place with a Good Book!

Join Vintage House’s Virtual Book Group

Love to read but have trouble finding the time?  Now is your opportunity!

Vintage House’s first Virtual Book Group will be reading The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See and discussing via Zoom (computer or telephone accessible).  This New York Times Bestseller is available in paperback at Reader’s Books.  They have several copies in stock now and can order more.  The e-book is also available through the Sonoma County Library.

Please contact Denise Wilbanks at or (707) 485-9346 if you will be participating in the book group so that she can send you an invitation to join the ZOOM book discussion on May 1st.  The author, Lisa See, will be joining the ZOOM call as well. Happy reading!

Vintage House Care Calls

Feeling lonely or anxious during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Vintage House invites you to sign up to receive a daily call from a friendly trained volunteer at a time of day that works best for you.  What would you love to talk about?  What you are interested in?  A community volunteer will be a cheery voice that you can check in with, who will also have some topics to discuss and may be able to connect you to additional services and resources.

Please contact Vintage House to sign up or to volunteer: (707) 996-0311 or email

Food Security at Vintage House

Vintage House continues to distribute FREE Senior meals donated by Ramekins
and FREE Family Meals donated by Sonoma Family Meal
Monday through Friday at 11:30 until we run out.

We are also distributing FREE five day frozen meal packs donated by Council on Aging on Wednesdays at 11:30 until we run out.

If you are unable to pick up meals curbside, please call (707) 485-9346 for delivery. 

Census 2020

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape your community's future. 

Responding to the census is not only your civic duty; it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future, and your representation in government. Specifically, data from the 2020 Census are used to:
  • Ensure public services and funding for schools, hospitals, and fire departments.
  • Plan new homes and businesses and improve neighborhoods.
  • Determine how many seats your state is allocated in the House of Representatives
You can now fill out your census online, it will take 10 minutes to complete.  
Click Here: Take the Census 2020

Vintage House Cares. We're Here to Help.

During this time of crisis please consider a tax-deductible donation to support all that Vintage House is doing to address the needs of seniors in our community.
We need each other now more than ever before.
Thank You.
Click here to Donate Now
Click here for Vintage House Spring 2020 Activity Schedule
Click here to Become a Member

Vintage House is partially funded
by the City of Sonoma.

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264 First Street East
Sonoma, California 95476


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