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Easter Feast Success

Homeless Guests were served in our chapel, in shifts, ensuring they have the required six feet of separation from one another.

The Easter Feast had special touches thanks to plastic table cloths, donated flowers from Trader Joe’s, and placemats that donors signed and colored.

All our Easter Feast meals were served in compostable to-go boxes, but that didn’t stop us from pulling out all the stops and serving ham, mac and cheese, Wes’ Famous Carrots, salad and an option of carrot or chocolate cake for dessert. 

60 Minutes at the Mission

We will not be holding our monthly tours in light of the COVID-19 precautions that we are taking to protect our guest, residents, and community.

The Bayou Derby


SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, October 3, 2020

We will hold our 19th annual fundraiser at the historic Rancho Dos Pueblos.

This year we will honor Chief of Police Lori Luhnow with ouf Leni Fe Bland award.

There will be more details to come so please mark your calendars!

Easter Feast


We will be holding our annual Easter Feast on Thursday, April 9, 2020, in our remodeled chapel. In order to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus we will not be able to have volunteer help which is a necessary break from tradition.  It will be served in shifts to be able to create safe social distancing for all who attend. Our staff will serve meals to men, women and children.  Through charitable donations of food items and gifts from the Santa Barbara community we are able to serve up to 300 people in need.

The holidays can be a joyful time, but a lonely time for those that are struggling with poverty, homelessness and addiction.  We offer hope and a new beginning, so many of the graduates of our 12-month residential recovery program started here with a simple holiday meal.

We are accepting hams in preparation for the feast!

Grateful for the first graduates of 2020

We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the first graduation ceremony of 2020. Santa Barbara Community Church hosted the celebration and reception! We had eight men and four women who participated in the ceremony. We are proud of these courageous individuals who have been able to stay the course and meet the demands of our 12-month recovery program. 

 

Graduation Ceremony 2020

We will be holding the first graduation ceremony of 2020 on Saturday, March 7, at 5 p.m. Santa Barbara Community Church, located at 1002 Cieneguitas Road, will host the event. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this celebration, so please come and join us. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please contact us at 805-966-1316.

Christmas Feast and Giveaway Success

This year’s annual Christmas Feast was a great success, thanks to donors and volunteers. Sheriff Bill Brown took the time to wait on our guests and offer encouragement to them during the holidays. Our Women’s Auxiliary orchestrated a fantastic giveaway with gifts for every guest who attended.

Christmas Feast

We will be holding our annual Christmas Feast on Friday, December 20 from 12:00 to 2 p.m. We are reserving all of our volunteer positions for the newcomers who have never served at one of our holiday feasts. These occasions are the ideal opportunity to be introduced to our homeless guests and learn about interacting and serving them. We will begin taking sign-ups on December 1. We encourage those of you who have served before and are well experienced to serve at another time during nightly dinner service throughout the holiday season. If you are interested, please email volunteer@sbrm.org. Our Women’s Auxiliary will be holding a gift distribution of new items so everyone who attends will receive a Christmas gift. We are accepting new backpacks, shoes, warm jackets, casual clothing, (jeans, sweat pants, sweatshirts) sweaters, and monetary donations. Turkeys and other items can be dropped off at 535 East Yanonali Street Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our remodeled dining hall is now open, and it will be a wonderful experience this year for all of us, whether it’s during the feast or in the evenings during our regular meal service.

Annual Turkey Drive

We are accepting turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations in preparation for our annual Christmas Feast on Friday, December 20, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Our staff and a team of volunteers are planning to serve over 300 meals to community members in need.

The turkeys are prepared and cooked in advance. The Christmas dinner will include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pie…and all the trimmings. Approximately 300 turkeys are needed for all of the meals that will be served throughout the holiday season.

Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Yanonali Street office.

Fall Graduation Ceremony

We will be holding our last graduation for 2019 on Saturday, November 2, at 5 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, located at 736 West Islay Street in Santa Barbara, will host the ceremony and reception. The public is welcome to come and celebrate the accomplishments of our men and women graduation from the 12-month Residential Recovery Program.

Thanksgiving Feast

We will be holding our annual feast on Wednesday, November 27 from 12:00 to 2 p.m. We have all of the volunteers we need for this feast but you may consider signing up for the Christmas Feast. We are reserving all of our volunteer positions for the newcomers who have never served at one of our holiday feasts. These occasions are the ideal opportunity to be introduced to our homeless guests and learn about interacting and serving them. We encourage those of you who have served before and are well experienced to serve at another time during nightly dinner service throughout the holiday season. If you are interested, please email volunteer@sbrm.org. We are accepting turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations. Turkeys can be dropped off at 535 East Yanonali Street Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our remodeled dining hall is now open, and it will be a wonderful experience this year for all of us, whether it’s during the feast or in the evenings during our regular meal service.

The Bayou 500

The Women’s Auxiliary is hosting our 18th annual Back to the Bayou fundraising event at Rancho Dos Pueblos on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 2:00 PM. We will honor Janet Garufis, Chairwoman and CEO of Montecito Bank & Trust, with the Léni Fé Bland award. We will have Santa Barbara’s finest Silent Auction Boutique, dinner on the infield presented by Lorraine Lim Catering, and music by the Idiomatiques. For more information, please contact Rebecca Weber at 805.966.1316 ext. 105 or rweber@sbrm.org. Tickets are available now: sbrm.org/bayou.

Successful Summer Graduation

On Saturday evening, July 20, 2019, we celebrated the success of nine men and women who have successfully completed our 12-month recovery program. Montecito Covenant Church hosted our ceremony and blessed each graduate with a Bible. It was an extraordinary event filled with stories of God’s grace and power to redeem broken lives. These graduates join over 800 individuals since 1997 who have completed the year-long program.

4th of July Barbecue

We are holding our eleventh annual fourth of July barbecue dinner for homeless guests on Thursday, July 4 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The parking lot will be transformed into a festive space for homeless guests to celebrate the holiday. It is a summertime highlight, and we are preparing to serve backyard BBQ style meals to over 300 homeless men, women, and children.

Through the efforts of our Women’s Auxiliary, there will be special music to entertain guests and raffle prizes to be won. The men in our 12-month Residential Recovery Program will also be present to cook, lend a helping hand, and celebrate with guests in patriotic style. This is an opportunity for relationships to be built and the guests who attend learn more about the services the Mission can offer them.

 

 

Summer Graduation Ceremony

We will be holding a summer graduation ceremony on Saturday, July 20 at 5 p.m. Montecito Covenant Church located at 671 Cold Spring Road in Montecito will host the event. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this celebration so please come and join us. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please contact us at 805-966-1316.

Change is Possible

Stephanie struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for decades. Her family dissolved and she ended up in and out of jail. Her life had become so destructive she was ready to go to prison for the long haul. But then, while she was in jail, her daughter sent her a small black and white photo. The details were fuzzy, but the image was unmistakable. Her daughter was pregnant. Stephanie was going to be a grandma! “That’s what made me decide, ‘Okay, I need to do everything that I need to do and be a grandma,’” she says. “So I went back to court and asked them if I could do a program and they allowed me to come here.”

Stephanie had heard about a higher power before, even in other programs that she had tried, but it wasn’t until she was here that it finally made sense. “I remember sitting in devotions and the light bulb coming on. I was like, ‘I get this now.’ I still read my Bible every morning.” Not only does Stephanie spend time in God’s Word every day, she spends time helping others who are working through their addictions, too. We hired her eight years ago, and she now works as the House Manager at Bethel House, where our Women’s Recovery Program is. Her favorite part about her job is seeing other women experience God’s grace for the first time. “I like to see it when they come here and all of a sudden their light bulb goes on,” she says.

Now Stephanie is the grandma she dreamed of being when she first saw that ultrasound picture. Her two grandkids don’t know her as an addict. They know her as “Grandma Stephanie.”

Easter Repast

 

Thanks to our donors and volunteers we were able to meet our homeless, hungry, and addicted neighbors right where they are and show them that they are not alone. Many colored, signed and included a note of encouragement on special Easter placemats which added even more of a personal connection to our celebration.

As you know, meals are important because they are what brings many of our guests to our doors. Once they are here, they get to experience the warmth, generosity, and kindness of our volunteers and staff, which points them to Jesus and gives them a chance to start a whole new life.

Spring Graduation Success

 

On Saturday evening, we celebrated the accomplishments of the 16 men and women who are graduating from our 12-month drug and alcohol treatment program. Over 350 friends, family, volunteers, and donors came to cheer them on and congratulate them on their remarkable success. We are grateful to God for His transforming power and the Santa Barbara Community Church for hosting this important celebration.

Easter Feast

We will be holding our annual Easter Feast on Thursday, April 18, 2019, in our chapel, while our dining hall remains under construction, located at 535 East Yanonali Street from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Our staff and a team of volunteers will serve meals to men, women and children.  Through charitable donations of food items and gifts from the Santa Barbara community we are able to serve up to 300 people in need.

The holidays can be a joyful time, but a lonely time for those that are struggling with poverty, homelessness and addiction.  We offer hope and a new beginning, so many of the graduates of our 12-month residential recovery program started here with a simple holiday meal.

Volunteers are still needed to help serve! Please contact Leticia Nicholson at 966-1316 ext. 100 or volunteer@sbrm.org

CRAFTERNOONS

The women staying in our homeless shelter are participating in arts and crafts on Monday afternoons. Hannah, our new volunteer creates fun things for the ladies to make and enjoy rich therapeutic conversations as they craft. If you have arts and craft supplies you would like to donate, please contact Alana Chessmar at achessmar@sbrm.org.

Graduation 2019

We will be holding the first graduation ceremony of 2019 on Saturday, March 16 at 5 p.m. Santa Barbara Community Church located at 1002 Cieneguitas Road in Santa Barbara will host the event. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this celebration so please come and join us. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please contact us at 805-966-1316.

Christmas Feast

We are holding our annual restaurant-style Christmas Feast in our chapel this year while our dining hall is under construction. The feast will take place on Thursday, December 20 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The Women’s Auxiliary is organizing a Christmas gift distribution for all of the guests who will attend. The Auxiliary members will give gift bags to everyone; without this event many would not have any Christmas presents this year. We are collecting the following brand-new items: Backpacks, Shoes (all types and sizes, especially work boots) Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, Winter Coats, and Hats to give to our guests. If you are interested in volunteering to serve, please click here.

Thanksgiving Feast

We will be holding our annual feast on Wednesday, November 21 from 12:00 to 2 p.m. We received a great response and have all of the volunteers we will need for that day. If you are interested in serving at another time, please click here. We are accepting turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations. Turkeys can be dropped off at 535 East Yanonali Street Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our dining hall is under construction so it will be a different experience this year for all of us. It will take a lot of coordination, but we are up for the challenge.

The Bayou Open Breaks a Record

Our 17th annual Bayou event broke a record this year by raising over $525,000 dollars. We are so grateful for our Women’s Auxiliary who make the event possible every year. We were pleased to honor Dave and Anna Grotenhuis for their partnership with us to ensure the Rescue Mission will have a renewed facility to serve the homeless and addicted in our community for decades to come.

Fall Graduation 2018

We will honor the 15 women and men graduating from our 12-month Residential Treatment Program on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this celebration.

The ceremony will be held at Community Covenant Church located at 5070 Cathedral Oaks Road, Goleta. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please contact us at 805-966-1316.