Rebuilding Broken Lives. Success Stories

We were grateful to be the first recipient of the Michael Towbes Community Impact grant from Montecito Bank & Trust. Thanks to our president, Rolf Geyling, it was invested in our staff, the greatest resource we possess. Almost half of our team are graduates of the 12-month Recovery Program!

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4th of July BBQ Fun and Games

We are excited to hold our annual 4th of July BBQ for our homeless guests! We will have our traditional raffle with prizes for our winners, and we will bring back some of the carnival games we couldn't have last year.

Camp Out on the Bayou

SAVE THE DATE OCTOBER 2, 2021, AT 2:00 P.M. The 20th Annual Benefit for the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission at the historic Rancho Dos Pueblos. Honoring Gerd Jordano with the Léni Fé Bland Award.

Easter Feast 2021

Our annual Easter Feast was a happy and festive occasion. We had all of the special touches for our homeless guests, thanks to our donors' generosity and creativity.

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Graduates with Transformed Lives

140,000

Meals Served Annually

200

Men and Women Sheltered Nightly

About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission was founded in 1965 and has been helping the homeless and addicted in our community for over 50 years. The Rescue Mission will serve 140,000 meals, provide safe shelter to 200 men and women each night and graduate over 30 people from its 12-month Residential Recovery Program.

You can help the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission by Donating or Volunteering.

It was November 2020 that Rob almost died.

Like most who come to the Mission, Rob has deep trauma in his past. Sadly, his trauma was born out of his desire to serve others and make a difference in this world. “I spent a long time in the Marine Corps, and I was a combat veteran,” he says. After Rob got out, he built a good life for himself — he found a job, got married, and had a daughter. But there was this hurt inside from all he had experienced that he couldn’t shake. “I didn’t realize that I was suffering from PTSD at that time.”

Rob began drinking, then turned to drugs to try to silence the pain and emptiness he felt. “I was trying to fill that God-sized hole with something,” he says. Nothing but God can truly heal that kind of trauma, that kind of pain. He lost everything. His house. His family. His job. Very quickly, things escalated, and he ended up on the streets with nothing but a backpack.

“I basically became homeless, and very quickly,” Rob says. “On about the fifth day, I just had to get something to eat. I was basically dying out there, and so I came to the Rescue Mission. I stayed on the line for two nights. I got some good sleep. I got to eat good food. I heard about the program.” Rob quickly regained his strength. When he was given the opportunity to join our 12-month Residential Recovery Program, he jumped at the chance. “It has given me a shot at life again, without the use of drugs and alcohol,” he says. “This is the happiest I’ve been in 30 years. It’s really ironic, isn’t it? It takes a rescue mission to rescue me.”

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This was the last house on the block for me.


Heroin addiction had torn Mike’s entire life apart. He had lost his job. His home. His family.
Custody of his son. Everything. Relationships were so shattered he had no one to turn to for help.

“This was the last house on the block for me,” he says. “If it wasn’t for the Rescue Mission, I do not know where I’d be right now.”

Mike is living a new life—and it’s better than he imagined. He graduated from our 12-month Residential Recovery Program last summer and now works here at the Mission with our homeless guests and finds a great deal of joy and purpose in giving back and serving others.

“You guys helped me get my life back.”

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It was the best year of my life!

Addie was raped for the first time when she was only 12 years old. To cope with that immense pain, she turned to alcohol. By the time she got to high school, she was partying every chance she got.

Then she got into a bad snowboarding accident. “I was prescribed narcotic painkillers which was my first taste of being completely numb, and I loved it,” Addie says. “I’m not quite sure how but I managed to graduate from high school. I continued to party and continued to get arrested.” Her parents tried over and over to help her get off drugs, but she was still missing the biggest piece—a relationship with Jesus.

Addie bounced between abusive boyfriends, the streets, and jail. The years went on and her life got messier and darker. She became a young mom and things got so bad that her parents adopted her children just to keep them in the family. “I didn’t care about anything but getting high to numb the pain of my life. I hated who I was. I didn’t want to live anymore,” Addie remembers.

The last time Addie was arrested, she spent a year in jail. When she was released, she came straight to the Mission. “That was a year ago. The best year of my life. I participated in weekly Bible studies, attended church, and began a relationship with the Lord. I learned to turn my will over to Him. I learned anger management skills and tools to communicate in a healthy manner,” she says.

Today, Addie is clean and sober, healthy, happy, and has a restored relationship with her parents and children. She has a bright future ahead. “All of these blessings wouldn’t be possible without this program, and this program wouldn’t be possible without all of you donors out there,” Addie says.

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