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Transportation 

Volunteer Wheels (Sonoma County Paratransit) – (707) 573-3377

MV Transportation (Santa Rosa) – (707) 863-8980

Vine Go Paratransit Service (Napa Valley) – (707) 252-2600

Mendocino Transit Authority – Passengers with disabilities who are unable to use standard lift-equiped vehicles may be eligible for door to door paratransit services. For more information call: 707.462.5765 ext.443.

Whistlestop Wheels - Serving Marin’s older adults and people with disabilities. (415) 456-9062 

Council On Aging – Caryl Weis Transportation Program (707) 525-0143

Petaluma Paratransit – (707) 765-8493

Sonoma Access (Public, Private, and Non-Profit Transportation Options) - Call 211 or Click on Sonoma Access website

VA Shuttle Transportation - Roundtrip Transportation from Santa Rosa to Ukiah. Shuttle leaves from the Santa Rosa CBOC on Brickway Blvd. Times leaving Santa Rosa to Ukiah: 8am and 12PM. Times leaving Ukiah to Santa Rosa: 10:30AM and 2PM.

Utilities/Misc 

California Telephone Access Program – (800) 806-1191. Provides specialized phones, speed dialing and 411 services at no cost.

The Job Accommodation Network – (800)526-7234 (Voice)  (877)781-9403 (TTY). The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

PG&E - (800) 743-5000. Will install tactile labels on furnaces, stoves, etc. at no charge.

National Braille Press – (800) 548-7323 

Registrar of Voters - (707) 565-6800. Call to request audio tapes be sent to your home in place of paper ballot.

Petaluma People Service—(707) 765-8488

Many banks will provide guideline checks and registers at no or very low cost.

Guide Dogs Of America - (818) 833-6428

Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to its mission to provide guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada so that they may continue to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.

Advocacy Organizations for the Blind and Visually Impaired 

VisionServe Alliance – Representing the non-profit sector to those who are blind or visually impaired. (314) 961-8235.

Housing for Seniors - One Stop Advisor for Available Senior Housing. (888) 643-4364.

Earle Baum Center of the Blind is YOUR local resource. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information or referrals at (707) 523-3222.

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Additional Information 

How Seniors are Designing Social Support Networks

What is the best way to support your aging parents' desire for independence and your desire for their health and safety?

The Benefits of Emotional Support Animals

An Emotional Support Animal is a dog or other common domestic animal that provides therapeutic support to a disabled or elderly owner through companionship, non-judgmental positive regard, affection, and a focus in life.

Guide to Addiction Prevention for Seniors

When discussing substance abuse and addiction, most people think about teenagers and young adults.

Finding a Family: Discovering Your Queer Community When You're 65

For LGBTQ seniors, the need for community is particularly acute. The population is twice as likely to live alone, twice as likely to be single and almost 75% less likely to have children.

Recognizing and Treating Depression: A Guide for the Elderly & Their Caregivers

Depression greatly diminishes a person's quality of life, personal joy and productivity.

Rehab and Medicare: The Ultimate Guide to Addiction Treatment for Seniors

Senior citizens are especially susceptible to alcohol and drug abuse. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine, 1 in 5 people 65 or older have one or more mental health or substance abuse conditions.