West Marin Senior Services provides in-home supportive services that foster independence and active participation in the West Marin Community.  Whatever the need — care coordination, case management, food, transportation, or companionship — West Marin Senior Services is available to support seniors who wish to age in place at home.  If living at home is no longer an option, West Marin Senior Services offers assisted living accommodations, for up to eight seniors, at Stockstill House, our state licensed residential care home.

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Meal Programs
Transportation
Care Management
Home Care Referrals
Friendly Visiting
Family Respite Care
Stockstill House
Other Community Services
Volunteer Opportunities
News & Announcements
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About Us

About Us

West Marin Senior Services has dedicated over 37 years to ensuring that seniors and people with disabilities enjoy successful lives by staying in their homes, among the nestling arms of our community, friends and family, and within the familiar, rural lifestyle of West Marin.

Our work at West Marin Senior Services, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, provides in-home support, assisted living, and community services that foster independence and participation in our community. So often we have witnessed our comprehensive home care prevent premature or unnecessary institutionalization. With our assistance, frail, disabled and even gravely ill people have lived in their own homes at a fraction of the cost of institutional care as we bring the warmth, comfort and personal attention we all want for our family members and for ourselves.

If living at home is no longer possible, we have a smooth and compassionate transition for seniors to a higher level of assistance at Stockstill House. This assisted living home is owned and operated by West Marin Senior Services for up to eight seniors and provides the warmth and nurturing qualities that you or your loved one would enjoy at home.

Our Mission

To help seniors live safely and with dignity in our community.

We value:

  • Compassion
  • Understanding the reality of the aging process
  • Patience—willingness to listen and ability to hear
  • Accountability for our actions and our resources
  • Personal integrity and confidentiality
  • Openness to change
  • Respect for self and others
  • Team spirit and trust throughout the organization

Our Services

We have designed a comprehensive array of services and programs that recognize the different needs that adults have as they age. These services cover a spectrum of needs. They address the highly practical, day-to-day needs, like transportation, food delivery, and shopping, for adults that are still fairly self-sufficient. As a higher level of care becomes necessary, we offer programs that focus on family respite care and home care referrals. And when it is no longer possible for a client to remain safely in their homes, we have Stockstill House, a wonderful licensed residential care facility in Point Reyes Station, staffed by well-trained and qualified professionals.


Our Staff

At West Marin Senior Services we provide aging adults with the peace of mind that there is someone there for them. Our local, professional staff is highly trained and they have years of experience in caring for the community of older adults. They also are some of the most compassionate and thoughtful people you’ll meet.

Our clients are in very good hands.

Maurice “Skip” Schwartz
Executive Director
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x109
Email: skip@wmss.org

Pam Osborn, R.N.
Associate Director
Administrator, Stockstill House
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x101
Email: pam@wmss.org

Natalia Meyerson
Onsite Administrator, Stockstill House
Phone: 415-663-0722
Email: natalia@wmss.org

Cynthia Hammond
Executive Assistant
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x108
Email: cynthia@wmss.org

Mark Solomons
Bilingual Administrative Assistant
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x116
Email: mark@wmss.org

Cathy Bleeker
Nutrition Program Manager
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x104
Email: cathy@wmss.org

Connie Mart
Controller
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x106
Email: connie@wmss.org

Care Managers

Susan Deixler
Care Manager
West: Pt. Reyes Station, Inverness
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x105
Email: susan@wmss.org

Beth Carusillo
Care Manager
South: Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Muir Beach
Phone: (415)-663-8148 x110
Email: beth@wmss.org

Laura Sherman, C.M.C.
Care Manager
East: San Geronimo Valley, Nicasio, Olema
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x102
Email: laura@wmss.org

Terri Sylvain
Care Manager
North: Tomales, Marshall, Dillon Beach
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x111
Email: terri@wmss.org

Robyn Torres, R.N.
Phone: (415) 663-8148 x112
Email: robyn@wmss.org

Board of Directors

Jim O’Hara, M.D.
Board President
Inverness
Retired Orthopedic Surgeon

Ann Walsh
Vice President
Stinson Beach
Retired Public Affairs

Winston Black, CPA
Treasurer
Inverness
CEO, President BSCA

Madeleine Ballard
Pt. Reyes Station
Retired Event Producer

Cia Donahue
Woodacre
Retired Business Owner, Community Service Volunteer

James Gault
Inverness
Retired Attorney

June McCrory
Inverness
Community Organizer, Project Manager

Mary Morgan

Lourdes Romo
Pt. Reyes Station
Family Advocate, West Marin School

Gary Whitten
Pt. Reyes Station
Retired Chemical Engineer

Mary Ann Petro

Advisory Council

Chuck Gompertz

Colin Hamblin, MD
Advisory Counsel
Inverness
Physician, West Marin Medical Center

James Monson
Advisory Counsel
Pt. Reyes Station
Professor Emeritus

Gloria Young

Job Openings

Meal Programs

Meals from Friends

We operate Meals from Friends (formerly called Meals on Wheels) in West Marin County, providing home-delivered meals directly to seniors 60 years and older who are nutritionally at risk or homebound. Federal funding from the Older American’s Act provides support for this program.

Fresh meals are prepared by Sonoma Council on Aging and delivered to West Marin Senior Services. We then coordinate volunteers to deliver these fresh meals directly to the homes of those needing them.

You may be in need of meals for a short-term due to an illness or the absence of a caregiver or in need of the home-delivered meals on an on-going basis.

To sign up, simply call 415-663-8148 x104.

Meal recipients or their families are asked to make a small suggested contribution of $3.50/meal to help off-set the costs of providing the service. For those able to make a larger, tax-deductible donation to help support the program, please consider a donation.


The Point Reyes Community Lunch

The Point Reyes Community Lunch has been an ongoing tradition for over 25 years. West Marin Senior Services has recently assumed responsibility for this vibrant lunch, which occurs every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. at the Dance Palace. Come enjoy great food, an upbeat ambience, entertainment, and good connections. You may also shop (for free) at our food pantry, which consists of mostly organic fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, soups, and eggs. We encourage you to bring your own bags.

Make your reservation by calling WMSS at 663-8148 x104 by Tuesday before the luncheon.

Transportation Assistance

Living in rural and isolated West Marin, seniors have identified transportation as their biggest challenge. Our staff helps seniors find rides, including shuttle service to the Stage Coach, and volunteer and paid drivers for medical appointments, shopping, errands, and other activities, both locally and “over-the-hill”.

West Marin TRIPtrans is a simple, convenient volunteer driver program where seniors find their own drivers and we reimburse the mileage expenses. Arrangements for travel are made between the seniors and their own volunteer drivers. Records of travel are sent to us each month to validate the completed travel, and checks are sent to the seniors for them to pay their own drivers, up to a maximum of 300 miles per month.

To join this program, riders and drivers complete a simple application.

If you need assistance finding a driver, please call our office at 415-663-8148 x114. People with disabilities under 60 years of age, may contact Kathleen Roach at Health and Human Services (415-663-8231) to see if they may qualify for this program.

TRIPtrans is sponsored by Marin Transit & funded by Measure B Vehicle Registration Tax and administered by West Marin Senior Services.

Care Management

Care managers work with seniors and their families to develop care plans for those at risk, to assure they have food, medication, a safe home, and emotional support. We provide case management services for about 300 seniors each year, including home assessments, care plans, assistance with contracts and ongoing care monitoring. We connect those in need to food programs, financial assistance, health insurance options, housing programs, home health agencies and many other services.

Home Care Referrals

Care Managers screen and refer qualified caregivers to provide seniors and their families assistance for short intervals or for continuous care.

We match clients with live-in and part-time caregivers, nurses’ aides, housekeepers, cooks, drivers, gardeners, companions, repairmen, and others. We counsel clients on how to select a caregiver, develop appropriate employment agreements, and maintain regular follow-up to ensure quality care.

Friendly Visiting

Dedicated, caring volunteers develop ongoing relationships with seniors by visiting, calling, sharing a hobby, preparing meals, helping with correspondence, gardening, providing transportation to medical appointments or enjoying a trip outdoors. Our staff provides volunteer training and matches friendly visitors with seniors who would benefit from a trusted companion visiting on a regular basis.

Family Respite Care

Family members provide the major proportion of care to those in need. With a little professional support and occasional paid respite care, family caregivers can be more effective getting a break from the on- going challenges of caring for a loved one. Welcome to the Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP), which is funded by the Older American’s Act and administered by the Marin County Division of Aging. These funds offer short-term support to family caregivers who need assistance with daily care-giving.

Stockstill House

Located less than a mile from the main crossroads of the picturesque and historic town of Point Reyes Station, Stockstill House offers high quality, 24-hour personalized care for eight residents, in a warm and spacious home. Owned and operated by West Marin Senior Services, Stockstill House is a licensed residential care facility, staffed by trained and qualified professionals. For eight residents, Stockstill House means safety, comfort and professional supervision that provides families with peace of mind knowing their loved one’s physical, emotional and social needs are being met in a personal, attentive and caring way.

We offer the following accommodations and services:

  • Lodging with country views in semi-private rooms.
  • Open and inviting dining room, kitchen, and living room areas with a fireplace and decks.
  • Experienced, competent caregivers on duty 24 hours a day.
  • Daily assistance with bathing, dressing, medications, and personal grooming needs.
  • A variety of activities to stimulate learning and physical enhancement, entertainment by local musical groups and poets, and outings to local events such as our weekly Community Lunch.
  • Freshly prepared meals that meet the specific dietary needs of each resident.
  • Transportation for medical and dental appointments available.
  • Arrangements for onsite dental hygiene services and podiatry care.
  • Collaboration with local home health and community hospice providers, whenever necessary.
  • Housekeeping and laundry service.

Stockstill House is managed by a team of dedicated senior care professionals: Natalia Myerson, Onsite Administrator; Robyn Torres, R.N. Administrator; and Pam Osborn, R.N., Associate Director of West Marin Senior Services. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for people who need 24 hour care and supervision by creating an atmosphere close to what you or your loved one would enjoy at home:

  • We treat each resident with dignity and respect.
  • We foster independence and individuality.
  • We involve family, friends and community volunteers in the daily life of our residents.

Come for a visit

Monthly Tea Time at Stockstill House is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2pm-3:30p.m. Please come for a visit and experience our warm hospitality while getting to know our residents and staff.

Respite

WMSS has funds for paid (full or partial) respite care, available to family caregivers needing a break from continuous care. Call ahead to inquire about the availability of short stay respite care.

More Information

For more information or to schedule a tour of Stockstill House, please contact, Robyn Torres, R.N. at 415-663-8148 x112 or by email at robyn@wmss.org.

Other Community Services

Equipment Loans

We lend a broad range of medical and homecare equipment, including hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, shower chairs and commodes for use by clients. All of this equipment is loaned free of charge to those who need assistance.

Community Education and Wellness

We sponsor workshops, exercise classes, support groups, activities, and educational programs for seniors, their families and caregivers to promote healthy lifestyles.

Employment Services

We provide employment opportunities for people interested in securing live-in and part-time home care jobs in West Marin. Occasionally we have job opportunities with our agency, which will be posted on the website.

Home Safety Repairs

Throughout the year, we assist our clients in identifying people who can provide small home repairs or accommodations, such as grab bars and handrails, to help prevent falls and make it safer to live at home.

Information, Advocacy, and Referral

We assist seniors in completing forms for housing, social security, and help them access many other services.

County of Marin
415-457-INFO (4636)
457info@marincounty.org

West Marin Community Services
www.westmarincommunityservices.org

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in preparing or delivering meals to seniors in need, wish to work in our office learning new skills, driving a senior to a medical appointment or helping at one of our fund raising events, we have a need for you! Fill out a volunteer application and mail back to West Marin Senior Services.

Recreation

Swimming at Heart's Desire Beach

Volunteer Opportunities

We depend on YOU to provide direct services. Whatever you choose, know your service is much appreciated.

  • Deliver a meal to a home bound senior.
  • Drive seniors to doctor’s appointments, on errands and to socialize. (Reimbursement available through our Trip Trans program). 
  • Help us deliver a top notch dining and social experience once a week at Community Lunch at the Dance Palace. 
  • Provide companionship and a listening ear to homebound elderly residents who lack the support of family and friends. 
  • Become a Friendly Visitor! Visit Stockstill House to share your talent or interests with resident seniors. 
  • Contribute to organizing the monthly tea at Stockstill House. 
  • Volunteer in the office.
  • Help with mailings.

Fill out a volunteer application and mail back to West Marin Senior Services.

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We all want our older folks in West Marin to have long, healthy, vibrant lives. And we hope that when we’re older, we’ll be well-cared for too.

West Marin Senior Services is the organization that allows our community of West Marin to age with dignity, feel safe, and be happy.

We’re invested in our people and our mission. But in order for us to keep doing the work that we’re doing, we need for you to invest in us. We need for you to believe that what we’re doing is one of the most important things in the world.

Because it is.

Invest in the resources we provide, the programs we operate, and the people who work tirelessly. But most importantly, invest in the people we all love and who are a wonderful part of our amazing community.

Through your donations, we’re able to respond to the needs of seniors in our community quickly and effectively. Whatever the needs may be, our staff are available to provide resources, compassion and respect to help seniors stay at home.

Make a tax-deductible gift today to support the work of West Marin Senior Services. We are a 501 (c) organization and our tax identification number is: 51-0192320.

For gifts of $500 or more you may have a brick engraved with a name of your choice which will be installed in our Donor Recognition patio at Stockstill House.

For gift planning assistance, please contact Executive Director, Skip Schwartz at (415) 663-8148 or skip@wmss.org.

Types of Support

Cash or Check

Cash gifts begin working for West Marin Senior Services immediately. Please make your check payable to “West Marin Senior Services”

Endowment Funds

In addition to its annual operating needs, West Marin Senior Services seeks support for its endowment. An endowment is a pool of money invested for long-term growth and income. Earnings from the endowment support the general operating budget or designated specific programs. The principal in an endowment is permanently restricted and generates annual income for the organization in perpetuity. West Marin Senior Services has one general endowment fund which is managed by the Marin Community Foundation. Just let us know if you would like your gift to support our Endowment Fund.

Bequest

It’s easy to provide unrestricted and designated gifts for West Marin Senior Services in your Will through a bequest. You can choose to leave a dollar amount or a percentage of your estate to West Marin Senior Services.

Memorial Gifts and Gifts in Honor

To remember someone special in your life, please consider a gift in memory of or in honor of.

Life Insurance

Perhaps you own a life insurance policy and really don’t need the benefits anymore. You can name West Marin Senior Services as the beneficiary of your insurance policy and receive an immediate tax deduction free of estate taxes.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A Charitable Gift Annuity is a simple agreement which provides you with a fixed, guaranteed, life-time stream of income in exchange for a gift of cash or securities. You would also receive an immediate income tax deduction. By meeting some of a donor’s financial needs, gift annuities make it possible for some people to make larger gifts to West Marin Senior Services than they otherwise could.

Gifts of Securities

Stocks and Bonds

Stock may be transferred to West Marin Senior Services by your broker. Gifts of stock often generate tax savings and the avoidance of capital gains. You may transfer stocks, bonds, and mutual funds directly in to our account number at Charles Schwab: 9331-4750.

Real Estate and Property

You can give land, personal property, a vacation home, or rental property to West Marin Senior Services. These types of gifts require careful planning and we would be delighted to assist you with these special types of gifts. You may donate your home but retain the right to live in it and receive numerous benefits. You may also donate revenue from a business but retain the ownership. These gifts often generate tremendous tax savings and the avoidance of capital gains.

Matching Gifts

Corporations sometimes match the donations of their employees. Check with yours and request an employee matching gift form. This doubles each gift you make!

Legacy Gifts

Our Legacy of Care program honors those who have included West Marin Senior Services in their estate plans. Please feel free to call our Executive Director, Skip Schwartz, directly at (415) 663-8148 or skip@wmss.org to get information or advice on writing or revising your estate plan, making a planned gift to West Marin Senior Services, or establishing a gift that pays you. You can also download this PDF which provides an overview on all of the options for creating a legacy.

News & Announcements

A Generator for Stockstill HouseApril 21, 2016

Thanks to all who gave to Go Fund Me, the WMSS board, Steve Kinsey and the County, and many other donors - The generator is installed, operational and on auto-start in the event of a power failure. We received the final inspection and the job is complete. Bravo… Read more.

Alzheimer's Association presents Effective Communication Strategies Thu May 19th, 2016April 8, 2016

Read more.

Advance Health Care Directives Workshops at SGVCC in April and May, 2016April 8, 2016

Read more.

Friday April 15 - Celebrate Your Service - National Volunteer WeekApril 8, 2016

Dear Volunteers and Board Members: As participants dedicated to West Marin Senior Services mission: “to help seniors live safely and with dignity in our community,” you are devoted to taking action and solving problems in your community. Just so happens that this idea is the theme of National Volunteer Week, and… Read more.

Caregiver Appreciation CelebrationMarch 25, 2016

West Marin Senior Services hosted a Caregiver Appreciation Celebration on February 12th in San Geronimo. WMSS East Region Care Manager, Laura Sherman, initiated the event to recognize the many caregivers who have served San Geronimo and Nicasio clients over the past ten years.  As guest speaker, Rita Widergren, recently retired… Read more.

Job Opening: Caregiver at Stockstill House, Entry LevelFebruary 1, 2016

West Marin Senior Services has been helping at-home seniors live safely and with dignity in our community for over 35 years.  We also own and operate Stockstill House, a licensed assisted living facility that provides a warm, home-like setting for eight (8) seniors who need 24 hour care and supervision. We… Read more.

Job Opening: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)January 11, 2016

Title: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for licensed Assisted Living Residence, Stockstill House, in beautiful Pt. Reyes Station. Do you want to work in a loving, intimate home for elders, with a great team of caregivers and for an organization with heart? Stockstill House is an eight (8) bed, Assisted Living Residential… Read more.

2015 Fiscal Year UpdateJanuary 1, 2016

West Marin Senior Services experienced many great things this past fiscal year.Our programs and services have expanded to better assist the ever growing needs of seniors in rural West Marin. Here are our most significant accomplishments:    Home Delivered Meals (HDM) and Congregate Meals have greatly benefited nutritionally at-risk seniors. WMSS… Read more.

Contact Us

Contact Us

West Marin Senior Services
The Creamery Building Annex
11435 State Route One
P.O. Box 791
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Phone: 415.663.8148
Fax: 415.663.1268
Email: cynthia@wmss.org
Stockstill House
12051 State Route One
P.O. Box 1031
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
License # 216801977
Phone: 415.663.0722
Email: pam@wmss.org

Directions

The West Marin Senior Services offices are located in the Old Creamery Building, in Point Reyes Station, Marin County.

Stockstill House, our assisted living facillity, is 1 mile north on Highway One in Point Reyes Station.

Point Reyes Station is on State Highway One, 35 minutes from the East Marin corridor (Novato, Petaluma and San Rafael) and north of San Francisco.