Noma Cares Central

Welcome to Noma Cares Central. Noma Cares is a one-stop shop that provides support for Sonoma State students and employees in crisis and/or acute crisis response. Though its components  - Basic Need Initiative, Care Team, Confidential Advocacy, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and their various components - issues or concerns ranging from elevated personal concerns to acute critical incidents (emergencies) are addressed with compassion and privacy.

Basic Needs

Critical to student success at Sonoma State University, the Basic Needs Initiative Program provides students who may be experiencing:

  • food insecurity
  • housing insecurity or are homeless
  • an emergency and/or a crisis 

with resources and services that remove barriers and empower students to persist and thrive in their educational journey toward academic success.


CalFresh is a nutrition program that provides eligible households and individuals with a monthly allowance for groceries. Eligible students may be able to receive food expenses of $150 or more.

Care Team

Charged by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Care Team's purpose is to ease or mitigate the complex and compounding obstacles our students face which adversely impact academic success and progress during their enrollment at Sonoma State. The Care Team devises an individual plan, combining on and off campus resources, to support each student in the Care Team queue who is experiencing hardship.

Confidential Advocate

Confidential Advocacy is SSU's primary confidential resource for addressing sexual assault, intimate partner violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and harassment.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Our purpose is to support student mental health and wellbeing. We offer short-term individual and group counseling, workshops, crisis intervention services, consultation, referral, training, and outreach to accomplish this. All currently enrolled students who pay the mental health fee (a mandatory campus fee paid at registration) are eligible for our services. There are no additional charges for our services.

Contact Noma Cares Central at or (707) 664.3000.