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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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 email@example.com. Tickets are available now: sbrm.org/bayou.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We will be honoring David and Anna Grotenhuis with the Léni Fé Bland award. You’ll also have the opportunity to impact the community in a significant way by joining us in the largest single fundraising event of the year, promoting changed and saved lives.
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In the spirit of Rosie the Riveter, an extraordinary women’s fundraising event was held on May 17 in our construction zone to fund our women’s homeless shelter. There were 110 women in attendance and our president, Rolf. The ladies flexed their power by raising over $125,000 to ensure homeless women in our community will have safe shelter for decades to come. All made possible by our board chair, Joyce McCullough, and Women’s Auxiliary president, Julie Willig.
We were delighted to be among the recipients of a gift of $100,000 from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara. This collective donor group, which enables women to combine their charitable giving into significant grants, made a meaningful gift to help with the essential improvements to our homeless women’s shelter. Campaign gifts such as this enable us to remain on schedule despite recent construction delays caused by fire and debris flows and the resulting closure of Highway 101.
“We are proud supporters of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission,” said Shelley Hurst, Steering Chair of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara. “The work they do is critically important for our community. Through a recent grant from the Women’s Fund, we are excited to help the Rescue Mission increase their capacity to serve homeless women in need of emergency shelter.”
We will honor the women and men graduating from our 12-month Residential Treatment Program on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in this celebration.
The ceremony will be held at Montecito Covenant Church located at 671 Cold Spring Road, Santa Barbara. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please contact us at 805-966-1316.
David and Anna Grotenhuis have given $1,000,000 through their charitable trust to help fund our much-needed remodel of our Santa Barbara Rescue Yanonali Street facility. In recognition for a leadership-level gift within our Mission of Hope campaign, the new entry courtyard will be named in their honor.
“We are so grateful for David and Anna and their generous leadership in making sure there will be a place in our community where people confronting homelessness and addiction can turn for decades to come,” said campaign chair, Karl Willig. “As important as it is to sustain our ongoing work, it is now equally urgent that we address critical issues within a facility that has served over 3 million meals and provided 1.7 million nights of shelter since 1986. As Santa Barbara depends on us to be there for community members in crisis, we hope that others will follow the Grotenhuis’ example to see that this will be in place for years to come.”
As long-time Santa Barbara residents, David and Anna Grotenhuis have been actively involved in the non-profit community, including Westmont College, the Westmont Foundation, The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, Cottage Hospital and the Grotenhuis Pediatric Clinic. David co-founded Santa Barbara Capital, a real estate investment firm, in 1972.
We receive no public funding and consistently demonstrate that an effort funded almost entirely by private philanthropy can be far more effective than typical programs. With a treatment completion rate of 37% (vs. 20% nationally) and 53% of graduates maintaining long-term recovery (vs 21% nationally) it provides an essential response to homelessness, cyclical institutionalization and the staggering cost of untreated addiction to our community.
The Mission of Hope campaign aims to address urgent facility and code concerns at the Yanonali site the Rescue Mission has used since 1986. This extensive 40,000 square foot remodel is anticipated to cost $10M, will address accumulated wear, replace all major building systems, provide adequate sleeping and bathroom spaces for guests in crisis and meet current seismic, structural and accessibility codes. Successful completion of this project will ensure that critical services for Santa Barbara’s neediest residents can continue for decades to come.