The Social Action Committee at CBA presents June 2nd First Friday Shabbat Dinner and Presentation: Homelessness and the Caritas Village Project
Service 6:00
Dinner 6:45
Presenters 7:30
Today, almost 3,000 people in Sonoma County are experiencing homelessness. Successive disasters, out-of-control housing costs, and a host of systemic problems have put tens of thousands of our neighbors at risk of financial collapse. With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, their situation is more uncertain than ever.
Caritas Village, an ambitious vision from Santa Rosa Nonprofit Leaders Catholic Charities and Burbank Housing, will consist of two unique yet complementary facilities, Caritas Center and Caritas Homes. Through Catholic Charities’ evidence-based housing-focused service model, Caritas Center’s 48,000 square feet includes a family shelter, childcare center, drop-in center, and recuperation shelter, as well as a new health clinic partnership with Santa Rosa Community Health. Caritas Homes aims to create 128 apartments of affordable permanent housing, built and managed by Burbank Housing. It will be home to people who represent a cross-section of our community including working singles, vulnerable seniors, veterans, and families whose income can’t keep up with the current rental market.

Caryn Shapiro Stone was raised in Santa Rosa, during which time Congregation Beth Ami played a significant role in her life. For the last 20 + years Caryn has worked in the service of others as a fundraising professional. As the Volunteer Coordinator at Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, Caryn enjoys connecting community members with their values and passion through volunteer efforts. Caryn and her husband Eric are grateful to be raising their two teenage daughters in Sonoma.

Margie Pettibone has been with Catholic Charities as the Director of Community Engagement for 9 years. She tasted retirement for several years before deciding to lend her expertise to addressing social issues in Northern CA through Catholic Charities. She spent her first career in multiple Marketing, Project Management and Strategic Planning roles at AT&T. She and her husband and their 4 children feel equally comfortable on the east and west coasts. She is an avid runner who loves to travel and eat homemade cookies.

Please make your dinner reservation by the preceding Wednesday at 5 pm. Adults $18 , children 5 to 13 $9, children under 5 free. Some scholarships available. Register online or call 707-360-3000 or email