About SBRM


The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is a ministry of Christian people bringing physical, emotional, educational and spiritual resources to all who struggle with homelessness and addiction.

Group of volunteers sharing a meal at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.


We envision people who are:


We aspire to be people who are:

Faithful and Truthful

Faithful to our evangelical commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Truthful about ourselves and our mission.

Strong and Gentle

Strong in our ability to confront. Gentle in our desire to comfort.

Relational and Professional

Relational in our concern for individuals. Professional in our pursuit of excellence in all aspects of our work.

Board of Directors

A Message from Our President

Dear Friend, Thank you for visiting our website. I hope that the time you spend here gives you a taste of the life-changing work God is doing at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. Since our founding in 1965, we have grown into an organization that provides immediate help-in the form of food and shelter 365 nights a year to those with no place else to go–and lasting hope–in our 12-month residential recovery program for men and women desiring to break free from cycles of addiction, poverty, homelessness and crime.

This care is given by an exceptional staff, most of whom have been there and bear witness to the fact that God’s love can rebuild lives and transform even the most desperate circumstances. If need or despair brought you to our website, let me direct you to the pages marked Treatment Programs. If you are in our area and need a place to stay or feel ready to enter a recovery program that has helped hundreds with their addictions, please take a look at what we do and let us know if we can help. 

We are able to carry on in this work only because of the team of committed donors and volunteers who give of their time and resources. As you are led and your means allow, we would love to have you join our team. You’ll find information on ways you can be involved in the pages marked Volunteer.

Whether you are a new acquaintance or a long-time friend, I am glad you stopped by and hope you will continue to do so in order to keep up on the exciting happenings here at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

God bless you!

Rolf Geyling

Rolf Geyling, president of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.
In accordance with Federal Fair Housing Law, the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

Women's Auxiliary

The purpose of the Auxiliary shall be to support the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission through prayer, fund-raising for its programs, and outreach to the community concerning the work and services of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

Cindy Anderson – President, Pamela Albert, Janet Allen, Jean Archer, Cynthy Ardell, Betty Bagdasarian, Cheryl Barbaria, Kymberly Barlow, Ruth Bartz, Sabrina Beane, Marguerite Berti, Alice Birch, Maureen Bowis, Carol Bridgeman, Cathy Calabro, Alice Campbell, Anita Carbajal, Becky Casselman, Marna Coday, Sara Coleman, Zoe Copus, Brenda Crosby, Sharon Davie, Dianne Davis, Marianne Day, Martha Fisher, Terry Foil, Kathy Forse, Loretta Franzblau, Juanita Freel, Pamela Gilbert, Norris Goss, Annie Gupta, Mary Hanson, Lorette Harnsberger, Pamela Dillman Haskell, Jeanne Heckman, Rose Hodge, Susan Hughes, Pat Johnson, Gerd Jordano, Lynette Jordano, Kitty Larsen, Susan Laughlin, Diana Lippert, Carol-Anne Lonson, Mary Lopez, Janay Marshall, Nancy Melekian, Kim Mullen, Christa Myers, Katie Pointer, Andrea Preiser, Marcia Reed, Verlinda Richardson, Elaine Rottman, Suzi Ryan, Carolyn Savage, Kim Schuck, Victoria Sjollema, Pam Sneddon, Judy Sturgeon, Stefani Taliaferro, Sydney Tredick, Cheryl Trosky, Jenny Welch, Joy Van Wickle, Kirsten Walters, Diane Waterloo, Patty Watts, Rebecca Weber, Susan Wennerstrom, Annie Williams, Julie Willig, Sharon Wilson, Joan Wimberly, Helene Winter, Jenny Zinke

Financial Information

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission does not rent, sell or exchange any donor information.

Please review our 990 form: FY21 Form 990 Public Disclosure Copy

Please review our audited financial information: FY23 Audited Financials 

Fiscal Year 2023 Total Expenses $4,379,181.

The Rescue Mission receives no government funding.