“A year ago, I was drunk in a bottle. I didn’t have a job, and my wife was about ready to leave me. A year later, I have a job–as of today! I haven’t lost my family, and my in-laws aren’t upset with me anymore.” –Jay
On July 23, we honored the 18 men and women who graduated from our state-certified drug and alcohol treatment program. These graduates shared stories of addiction, and how they were able to rebuild their broken lives at the Rescue Mission. The majority are employed or they are planning to continue their education. We have maintained a 93 percent employment rate among those completing our year-long treatment program. We are so thankful to El Montecito Presbyterian Church for hosting the ceremony and blessing each grad with a Bible. We couldn’t do this without our donors and volunteers who help to make this miraculous work possible.
Please see this “Tribute to Life Change” issue
of Milestones: Summer Newsletter 2016
We will honor the 18 women and men graduating from our 12-month Residential Treatment Program on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.
The ceremony will be held at El Montecito Presbyterian Church located at 1455 East Valley Road, Montecito. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please call (805) 966-1316.
We are holding our ninth annual 4th of July Carnival and barbecue dinner for homeless guests on Monday, July 4 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The carnival will take place in our converted parking lot located at 535 East Yanonali Street. It is one of the summer’s highlights and we are preparing to serve approximately 300 homeless men, women and children.
Through the efforts of our very own Women’s Auxiliary, there will be music to entertain guests, raffle prizes to win, and a carnival of games such as a pie throwing contest! The men and women in the Mission’s 12-month Residential Recovery Program will also be present to lend a helping hand and celebrate with the guests in patriotic style.
Rolf Geyling, our president, said, “Life on the streets is never easy. That is why the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission works so hard to create a warm, welcoming, homelike atmosphere—especially during the holidays.”
Nate Callanan decided to do some fundraising in his own neighborhood. He made fresh-squeezed lemonade and opened up for business. Nate, a six-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist, raised $65.72 to feed our homeless guests. After his success, he came down to personally present his gift to our president, Rolf Geyling. Donors, like Nate, make it possible to provide meals and shelter to our homeless guests 365 days a year.
Spend an hour with us, meet our leader, and tour our facilities. Hear how our team is being used to rebuild broken lives through our homeless guest services and recovery programs. The next event will be held on Wednesday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. Please RSVP to Rebecca 966-1316 ext. 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our annual Easter Feast was made possible through the generosity of our compassionate donors. The volunteers made sure that each guest was waited on with gentleness and loving-kindness. The residents in our 12-month Residential Recovery Program cooked all day to prepare delicious holiday fare. It was a joyful time of great comfort for our homeless guests and community members in need.
On Saturday night, we honored nine women and seven men who graduated from our 12-month Residential Recovery Program. When they arrived at the Mission they were broken and in need of renewal. Each one described their desperation, transformation and gratitude. We are so proud of their accomplishments.
We will be holding our annual Easter Feast on Thursday, March 24 in our dining hall located at 535 E. Yanonali Street from 4:30 to 6:30 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’re 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 Lizzy MacRae at 966-1316 ext. 107 or email@example.com.
We will honor the women and men graduating from our 12-month residential treatment program on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Calvary Chapel located at 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez #21, Santa Barbara.
There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please call 966-1316.
Our Women’s Auxiliary hosts an annual Christmas Bethel House Tea party for all of the ladies in our 12-month Residential Recovery Program. Last week, the Auxiliary organized their traditional program complete with carols and delicious holiday fare. It was a sweet time of fellowship and remembering whom we are celebrating in this season of great joy.
A highlight of our annual Thanksgiving Feast was notes of hope from donors that were used as Thanksgiving table cards. Each one of our guests received a personal message from a caring donor. One such donor is Suzanne who wrote this note of hope: “Do not give up! The future is filled with good experiences for all. God be with you.” A guest at our feast named Sienna was so moved by her words that she wrote a note of response: “Suzanne, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart…you touched my heart with the message I received when I sat down.” Sienna shared that she was in a place where she really needed this encouragement, reminder and blessing. We are so grateful for the donors who not only give financially but also share their hearts.
There’s hope for the hopeless during the holidays and so much more. Please stop and read our holiday issue of Milestones and discover the hope that’s experienced by our residents in recovery and homeless guests: Holiday Newsletter 2015
We will be holding our annual Christmas Feast on Wednesday, December 23 in our dining hall located at 535 East Yanonali Street from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Our staff and volunteers will serve meals to men, women and children. Our Women’s Auxiliary will provide a gift distribution in our parking lot for all of the guests who attend the feast. We’re able to serve up to 400 people in need through charitable donations of food and gift items from the Santa Barbara community.
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.
Donations are still needed for the gift distribution. Please contact Jill Wallerstedt at 966-1316 ext. 111.
Our annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Wednesday, November 25 from noon to 2:00 p.m.
We are preparing to serve more than 300 meals to community members in need. This festive celebration will be held in our dining hall located at 535 E. Yanonali St.
The homeless, hurting and hungry in our community feel forgotten –– especially during the holidays. Every plate offered is an opportunity to share Christ’s love and grace. We are the only emergency shelter that is open 365 nights of the year from Santa Maria to Ventura.
We are in need of turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations in preparation for our annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 25 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Our volunteers are planning to serve over 300 meals to community members in need. The festive celebration will be held in our dining hall located at 535 East Yanonali Street.
The birds are prepared and cooked in advance. The Thanksgiving dinner will include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pie…and all the trimmings. Approximately 800 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 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Yanonali Street office.
Make plans with your friends to bid on these hot items! What fun!
A Week on Martha’s Vineyard
Sanderling, a restored 1850’s Federal-style Farmhouse is located on Herring Creek Farm, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. A charming 4-bedroom, 2-bath home, it is in a private community providing access to Edgartown Great Pond and a private beach on the island’s south shore. Explore historic Edgartown village, numerous biking paths, walking trails, galleries, shops and restaurants. Available September through May. Value $3,000
Rancho la Trinidad
Rancho la Trinidad is on a private 8+ acre Rancho in beautiful Todos Santos, Baja California Sur. This spacious 3-bedroom, 2-bath palapa is bisected by the Tropic of Cancer with 200-year-old mango trees, palms, sunsets, and stunning second story ocean views. Located in the heart of Baja Pacific, La Trinidad is near world-class surf and has easy access to Los Cerritos, La Pastora and San Perdito. Todos Santos is also home to art galleries, organic produce and delicious restaurants. 4 Nights, 5 Days. Value $2,500
Go to the Big Island
Enjoy a one-week stay on the Big Island of Hawaii. Located on 18 acres overlooking beautiful Keauhou Bay, the condo complex offers on-site tennis courts and swimming pools and adjoins fairways of the Kona Country Club. The Big Island is known for its many ocean sports, as well as horseback riding. 2 Bedrooms. Available April 1 to December 1, subject to availability. Value $1,400
Relax in the Rockies
Experience the best of the Rocky Mountains during your one-week stay at Keystone Resort in Colorado. Three spectacular mountains offer activities for every season. Enjoy the many winter sports, or in the summer months experience horseback riding, rafting, hiking and golf. Your spacious 2-bedroom condo is located in the heart of Keystone’s Lake Village. Relax in the luxurious Keystone Spa after your day of adventure! Subject to availability; no holidays. Value $2,500
This spacious 4-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath cabin is located in the Sierra Foothills, nestled in the Big Trees of Calaveras County in Arnold, California. Nearby are many places to visit including Bear Valley Ski and Recreation Area, Lake Alpine, Stanislaus River, New Melones, Utica and Union Lakes, and Mercer and Moaning Caverns. The cabin is available for a one-week stay and sleeps 8 people. Available from April 2 to November 30, subject to availability.
June Lake Vacation
Swiss Alpine-flavored Interlaken is a limited, exclusive community that has been carefully designed to blend in with the magnificence of its Sierra Nevada setting. This nicely furnished 2-bedroom condo has an excellent view of the lake and the mountains. There are tennis courts and spas at Interlaken for your enjoyment while many other recreational opportunities are available in all seasons of the year. One-week stay is subject to availability. Value $1,500
Rock Around the Bayou
Please join us at the Bayou to bid on these fabulous Super Silent Auction items. All proceeds support the homeless guest services and 12-month drug and alcohol treatment programs of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. Please make your reservations today: BUY TICKETS
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Two O’ Clock in the Afternoon
Dos Pueblos Ranch
The Rescue Mission’s fourteenth annual fundraiser will be held at the Rancho Dos Pueblos estate on Saturday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m. This year the organization will celebrate 50 years of service to the Santa Barbara Community with their 1950’s themed event Rock Around the Bayou. Guests will select gifts from the souped-up Super Silent Auction, dine on an all-American cuisine presented by Lorraine Lim Catering, and enjoy the music of Elvis Presley performed by James Kruk http://www.kingkruk.com/.
This year Ron Gallo, president and CEO of the Santa Barbara Foundation, will be honored with the Léni Fé Bland Award. Ron will be recognized for his concern and advocacy for those who struggle and the important role he often plays in ensuring that philanthropic resources are appropriately stewarded and invested for the maximum benefit to the Santa Barbara Community. His leadership furthers the work of vital organizations like the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.
The funds raised at this event make it possible for the Mission to offer a successful 12-month residential recovery program, as well as provide for homeless guests. Last year, the Bayou event raised over $400,000 to assist people seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. The Mission has helped over 630 people achieve recovery in the last 18 years.
Please purchase your tickets on our Donate page.
On Saturday, July 11, Santa Barbara Community Church hosted our graduation ceremony and honored 13 graduates. These men and women proudly graduated from our 12-month, state-certified drug and alcohol treatment program. At the event, they shared their stories of how God brought them out of suffering into a new life beyond their most hopeful dreams.
We are holding our eighth annual 4th of July Carnival for homeless guests on Saturday, July 4 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. This festive celebration will occur in our parking lot located at 535 East Yanonali Street. We are preparing to serve a BBQ dinner to feed approximately 300 homeless men, women and children.
Through the efforts of the Women’s Auxiliary there will be music to entertain guests, a carnival of games, and raffle prizes provided. The men and women in the Mission’s 12-month Residential Recovery Program will also be present to lend a helping hand. Our president, Rolf Geyling, stated, “Often forgotten during the holidays, our neighbors in need know they are loved at Santa Barbara Rescue Mission!”
The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission’s Board of Directors is proud to share with you the recent recognition of our president, Rolf Geyling.
Rolf was honored with the prestigious Westmont Medal on May 9 during the college’s commencement ceremony. He was selected for his strategic and effective leadership of the Rescue Mission. We are very pleased with his extraordinary work on behalf of the men and women we serve in our community.
Rolf joins previous Westmont Medal recipients Edward and Suzanne Birch, Chad and Ginni Dreier, Walter and Darlene Hansen, Harold and Annette Simmons, Gerd Jordano, and Michael Towbes.
We are grateful for the outstanding leader we have in Rolf Geyling.
Meeting needs together,
(Photos by M. Bradley Elliott)
The miracles and transformation we see at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission usually happen through God’s use of faithful people with a heart and willingness to serve. There is perhaps no one who personified the latter better than our dear friend John Watts, who passed into eternity on January 12, 2015.
Along with his wife Patty, John likely served thousands of men and women struggling with homelessness and addiction—without almost any of them knowing. His thoughtfulness, integrity and expertise helped guide many of our donors in their estate planning. John took particular joy and satisfaction in the knowledge that the gifts he helped facilitate would bring incredible hope to people for decades to come through the Rescue Mission and the other organizations and ministries he held dear.
More than this, anyone who had the pleasure of knowing John will simply miss him. He freely expressed warmth, concern, care and wry humor in good and appropriate measure. His deep love and affection for Patty, his family and those in his presence was unmistakable and our deepest condolences and prayers surround them.
January 10th would have been the 100th birthday of our recently departed friend, Baroness Leni Fe Bland. In addition to her patronage of the arts in our community, Leni was a tremendous friend to the men and women attempting recovery at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. Her involvement extended beyond just giving generously of her resources; her heart and concern were clearly evident in the effort she made to interact with our residents and hear their stories.
Despite her visibility in our community, Leni was a modest and private person. Perhaps nothing evinces this more than her specific instruction that no memorial services be held after her passing. As insistent as she may have been on not sharing personal information, a noticeable exception to this over the last year was the approach of her milestone birthday. She was very excited and made no secret of it. I’m not sure I can recall a recent conversation that did not include her mention of turning 100 on January 10th. While her passing on December 14th might be viewed with dismay over falling just a few weeks short, this is rightly overshadowed by the remarkable life she led and the thousands of lives she impacted as a compassionate philanthropist and concerned member of our community. Although she was not able to experience the celebration, she is still deserving of a birthday tribute.
Happy Birthday and rest in peace, Leni!
We will honor the women and men graduating from our 12-month residential treatment program on Saturday, March 14 at 5:00 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Montecito Covenant Church located at 671 Cold Spring Road, Montecito.
There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please call 966-1316.