La Luz

Strengthening community through family services, economic
advancement, and community engagement.

Make a Difference Across Sonoma Valley

The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival is proud to collaborate with La Luz, the Sonoma Valley-based non-profit organization whose family services program supports Sonoma Valley families from early childhood through adulthood via easily accessible family services, effective child-parent development programs, and culturally relevant mental health services.

The organization’s economic advancement initiative helps individuals and families to learn and gain new skills that translate to better jobs and higher salaries. Their community engagement team creates events that promote community-wide participation and provide opportunities for community service and leadership. They also promote communications and connections between the Latino and non-Latino community — an essential mission in the Sonoma Valley.

We couldn’t be more pleased to work together with La Luz to help fulfill this exemplary organization’s mission. 

In 2019, the Festival brought Jose Antonio Vargas, who at age 12 was sent here to the US to live with his grandparents. He didn’t realize he was “undocumented” until he applied for a driver’s license. He went on to become a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a filmmaker. He shared his life experience with La Luz attendees. His book, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was given free to all who participated.

In conjunction with the 2021 Authors Festival, we plan to have Dr. Ramon Resa share his life experience and his book Out of the Fields, My Journey from Farmworker Boy to Pediatrician. His vivid, moving story is one of rising from a three-year old relegated to picking cotton as one of fifteen children in his family’s world of poverty, neglect, and abuse, to finishing medical school and becoming a pediatrician. He now provides medical care for children that live in circumstances like his own when he was growing up.