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4th of July BBQ

We will be celebrating the 4th of July with our homeless guests and community members in need. Our parking lot will be converted into a festive BBQ with fun and games for all. The Women’s Auxiliary has provided raffle items for guests to win useful prizes.

Road Trip to the Bayou


October 1, 2022, Two O’Clock in the Afternoon

The 21st Annual Benefit for the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

Featuring Santa Barbara’s Best Silent Auction

An Outdoor Dinner Presented by Lorraine Lim Catering

We will honor Karl Willig with the Leni Fe Bland Award

Summer Graduation

Our Summer Graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 5 PM. South Coast Church, located at 5814 Cathedral Oaks Road, Goleta, will host the event and reception.

First Grads of 2022

We celebrated 12 men and women graduating from our 12-month Residential Recovery Program on Saturday, March 5. What a difference a year makes! Our grads are ready to face the future with joy and a complete toolbox to get through the challenges of life with all the support they will ever need to succeed. We are grateful to Santa Barbara Community Church for hosting our event and blessing the grads with Bibles. If you missed the event, you can watch the video by clicking on this link:

Easter Feast

We will be holding our annual Easter Feast on Thursday, April 14, from 4 to 6 PM. We are looking forward to keeping this tradition and celebrating the holiday with our homeless guests and community members in need. We will wait until closer to the time to decide if we can include volunteers.

Spring Graduation 2022

We will hold the first graduation ceremony of 2022 on Saturday, March 5, at 1 PM. Santa Barbara Community Church, located at 1002 Cieneguitas Road, Santa Barbara, will host this event for us. We will live stream for those who prefer to participate from home by clicking here on our YouTube page.

A Very Merry Christmas

A Merry Christmas was had by all of our homeless guests at the Christmas Feast and Giveaway. We celebrated with a traditional turkey dinner served restaurant-style in our dining hall. We maintained social distancing and used the men in our 12-month Residential Recovery Program and a small handful of volunteers to serve our guests.

We received so many brand new items for our Christmas gift giveaway that every guest received a new jacket, backpack, socks, and hygiene products. Last year, we could not have the feast due to COVID, so we were thrilled to be able to celebrate together again. We are thankful to all the donors and our Women’s Auxiliary who made this celebration possible.

Thanks Given

We celebrated our annual Thanksgiving Feast for our homeless guests in our new untraditional way. With our ongoing COVID precautions, we maintained social distancing in the dining hall and used a small handful of volunteers who served our guests restaurant-style.

Yet, there was still a spirit of togetherness, and our homeless guests are the most grateful people you will ever meet. We are thankful for all the donors who made this feast possible.

Christmas Feast and Giveaway

We will be holding our Christmas Feast and Giveaway on Wednesday, December 22, from 2 to 4 PM. Our Women’s Auxiliary will be hosting the gift giveaway for our homeless guests. If you would like to serve dinner at the feast, you may sign up to serve dinner.

Last Graduation Ceremony of 2021

On Saturday, November 13, we celebrated the final eight graduates of 2021! We were able to come together under the shade of Anthem Chapel’s tent to join with the families and friends of our grads to congratulate and rejoice in the walking miracles they have become.

At every graduation, we feature two main speakers from the men’s and women’s recovery programs. Please click on this link to watch Nicole and Rob share their stories of recovery: Graduation Speakers Video.

Turkey Drive

We are accepting turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations in preparation for our annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 24. We are waiting until we are closer to the date to decide whether to include volunteers due to COVID-19 guidelines. The turkeys are prepared and cooked in advance. The Thanksgiving 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 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the 535 East Yanonali Street office.

Thanksgiving Feast

Our Thanksgiving Feast will be on Wednesday, November 24. We are not accepting volunteers until we are closer to the date as community guidelines allow.

Fall Graduation Ceremony

We will hold our Fall Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, November 13 at 1 PM in the afternoon. Anthem Chapel will host this event under their spacious tent located at 6595 Covington Way, Goleta. We will live stream the ceremony on Anthem Chapel’s YouTube channel:

Camp Out on the Bayou Blessings

We held our 20th annual Bayou event on October 2 and returned to Rancho Dos Pueblos for a joyous reunion with our partners in the work of rebuilding broken lives. Camp Out on the Bayou was a hybrid event with campers at the ranch, and our cyber campers celebrated at home by virtual means.

We were thrilled to honor Gerd Jordano with the Leni Fe Bland Award for playing a significant role as our first emcee and Bayou patron campaign co-chair. Together with our Women’s Auxiliary, she helped build this fundraiser into a successful benefit for the Rescue Mission. We are grateful to all those who contributed to raising over $579,000.

If you weren’t able to join us, please watch our program video by clicking here: Bayou Program Video

Celebrating Our Summer Graduates

We held our Summer Graduation ceremony on Saturday, July 24, for nine men and two women completing our 12-month Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program. These men and women endured all of the COVID-19 requirements and hardships with us. We are pleased to see how well they have succeeded in a virtual setting without many of the social outlets we’re accustomed to offering our residents.

South Coast Church hosted us in their new sanctuary and treated everyone to a tri-tip dinner on their stunning patio. It was a tremendous celebration and the final return to a traditional format that we have not been able to have in 16 months.

4th of July Festivities

We held our fourteenth annual 4th of July celebration for our homeless guests on the holiday. The men in the Mission’s 12-month Residential Recovery Program were present to cook, lend a helping hand, and celebrate with guests. This was an opportunity to build relationships, and the men and women who attended were able to learn more about the services the Mission can offer them.

This year we were able to bring back fun games to play, including a dunking machine. Our homeless guests were able to dunk their favorite staff members! Our Women’s Auxiliary provided fun and useful raffle prizes for the lucky winners.

Camp Out on the Bayou

OCTOBER 2, 2021, AT 2:00 P.M.

20th Annual Benefit for the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission at the historic Rancho Dos Pueblos and virtually as well

Honoring Gerd Jordano with the Léni Fé Bland Award

Santa Barbara’s most popular Silent Auction with gifts and getaways

Tunes by The Idiomatiques

Campsite Dinner by Lorraine Lim Catering

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Summer Graduation

Our Summer Graduation ceremony will be hosted by South Coast Church located at 5814 Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta. Please join us on Saturday, July 24 at 5 PM for the ceremony and reception. There will be indoor and outdoor seating provided with a big screen to watch the ceremony outside on the patio, or you can catch the live stream on

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. We are thankful for our donors who make it possible to create a safe place for our men and women to come and celebrate this important holiday.

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. In the absence of volunteers, we had the support of a fleet of Westmont College interns who have braved COVID with us and cared for our guests throughout this dark season.

Spring Graduation Success

On Saturday, March 13, Santa Barbara Community Church hosted the first graduation ceremony of 2021! Last year we were confined to celebrating in our parking lot due to COVID-19 guidelines, so we were grateful for the opportunity to have it in this beautiful setting. We are proud of these eight men and women who not only endured the demands of our recovery program but all of the challenges of a worldwide pandemic.

We were thankful that Santa Barbara Community Church could live-stream our event on YouTube, and if you missed it, you can watch the recording by clicking here: Spring Graduation 2021 Video!

A Tribute to Volunteer, Jane Blair

The SBRM community was grieved to learn of the passing of our most dedicated volunteer. A retired teacher, Jane Blair, tutored hundreds of men and women through our Learning Center. She was a patient and caring teacher who took great joy in seeing her students develop confidence, attempt the GED—with many of them passing, and go from there to employment and further schooling. As men and women came through the recovery process, Jane helped them develop practical skills. Many graduates credit her investment leading them on to lives they never imagined possible. We are so grateful for her dedication, generosity and friendship.

Easter Feast

This year’s Easter Feast will look very similar to last year’s feast due to the absence of volunteers and social distancing. We served 300 meals at our dinner the previous year, and we will be well prepared to serve even more. Our hurting and hungry neighbors are ready for a fresh start, and that’s what these meals communicate to our guests. We will be holding this celebration on Thursday, April 1, from 4 – 6 PM.

Our First Graduation Ceremony for 2021

Santa Barbara Community Church will be hosting our first graduation ceremony of the new year. The celebration will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021, at 1 PM. We will live stream the event on our SBRM YouTube channel.

Christmas Traditions

We kept our annual Christmas traditions with some modifications due to the pandemic. Our men in the recovery program enjoyed a BBQ lunch prepared by staff members in place of volunteers and gift cards were provided by our Women’s Auxiliary.

The Auxiliary also gifted the ladies at Bethel House with a special catered dinner and presents to open. The community came together with donations of new items for our homeless guests to receive as Christmas gifts. Everyone under our roof was remembered and blessed at Christmastime.