Who We Are

Our Story

Originally a refuge for abused women, children and runaways, Wallace House has since evolved into a fully functioning outreach shelter program. Wallace House has been a haven of hope, healing, rest and warmth for our most desperate and downtrodden.   Staffed by an executive director, volunteer program graduates, a volunteer Board of Directors and volunteers from the community, we provide help to 50 – 100 clients a week; up to 5,200 clients a year.

Since opening in 1982, we have helped over 170,000 people!   Yet, we know there is so much more we can do with your support behind us.

Contributions from our caring community have funded critical programs for those in need.  Here are just some of the things we do:

Wallace House Emergency Shelter is our primary gateway service.  This is where the magic begins.  Clients may stay for up to six months at Wallace House.  During this time they receive wrap-around transformative case management services. This critical time allows our clients to obtain the traction necessary to change their lives.

The ultimate goal for our clients – permanent income and housing.

 Programs & Services

  •  Day Center: Showers; food; sleeping bags; tents; transportation vouchers; case management and referrals are provided to clients 5 days a week.  We work very closely with Sonoma County Mental Health and health care providers to provide local access  to wellness and mental health care services.  We also facilitate recovery to clients struggling with addiction and coordinate treatment.
  •  Transitional Housing enables clients to save money while working (or going to school) to improve their lives and become self-sufficient. Each client agrees to strive toward pre-established goals with the help of a case manager; during the two years they are given to complete the program.  Once again, the goal here is increased income and a move into permanent housing.
  •  Supportive Housing Program at Cherry Creek Village: This program is designed to reach chronically homeless clients with mental and/or physical disabilities, many of whom are disabled Veteran’s. Our aim is to come along side these clients to help them acquire necessary life skills, social traction and the emotional support needed to maintain permanent housing.  A common feeling shared by our clients is a sense of being included.  Our goal is to create and maintain a healthy family environment, where they feel safe and secure.  Most of our clients have experienced trauma as the result of domestic violence and abuse.  This feeling of security is extremely important for their continued stability.
  •  Homeless prevention services for the working poor. We provide financial assistance to the working poor to help prevent more people from becoming homeless. The homelessness prevention and referrals to Rapid Re-Housing Program, provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance. The funds will provide for a variety of assistance, including: short-term rental assistance, housing relocation and stabilization services, including referrals to organizations providing mediation and credit counseling.  The majority of the funds help with one-time payment of past due rents, security or utility deposits and utility payments.



Board of Directors

President: Jim Nameny
Board member since 2014
Retired corporate executive
United Church of Cloverdale

Vice President: Fr Ed Howell
Board Member since 2009
Pastor, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd;
Former NCCS/ECS Member

Secretary: Michael Shanahan
Board Member since 2012
Owner Low Knob Press
City of Cloverdale, Planning Commission

Treasurer: Robert Bauer
Board Member since 2012
State of California- State Compensation Insurance Fund/Retired
St. Peter’s Church Office Secretary
Business Owner – Cloverdale Tax Services
St. Peter’s Church

Director/Fundraising Committee Chair: Kate Flanagan
Board member since 2014
Interior Designer and retired corporate executive

Director: Virginia Greenwald
Board Member since 2005
Roseville Transitional Housing Board

Director: Nancy Harris Dalwin
Board member since 2013
President – Fusion Consultants/Retired
BoD, Cloverdale Arts AllianceBoD, The Ruckus SocietyBoD, Angelica Foundation

Director: Pamela Dawson
Board member since 2015
Psychiatric Nurse

Director: Tim McDonald
Board Member since 2012
Board of Directors, AVRMC
Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club

Director: Louise Monahan
Board member since 2015