A Christmas Meal is Just the Beginning
Each $2.21 you give now provides a delicious holiday meal for someone in need right here in Santa Barbara.
But your gift is more than just a plate of food. For many, it can be the catalyst for a new life – especially on a holiday like Christmas.
A Failed Suicide That Led to a New Life
Gabe wasn’t supposed to wake up. The loss of his son was too much. His life had become such a wreck that his girlfriend had taken the boy and left. He grabbed a bottle of muscle relaxers and swallowed them before lying next to the abandoned crib.
But against all odds, Gabe did wake up. His life and heart were as shattered as could be. It wasn’t long before he ended up on the streets, selling drugs to get a little food and feed his addiction.
“Thankfully, when things seemed most hopeless, I heard about the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission,” Gabe says.
Gabe graduated from our 12-month Residential Recovery Program three years ago. He’s been on staff here two years.
“Coming here was the best decision of my entire life,” he says.
By God’s grace, he now gets to see and talk to his son. Their reconciliation is something Gabe couldn’t imagine when he swallowed that bottle of pills.
Gabe wouldn’t be living a new life – he might not even be alive – if it weren’t for God and the generosity of people like you.
About the Mission
Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is the only place between Ventura and Santa Maria that is open 365 nights a year.
For many people, we are their last stop.
Their last chance.
Their last hope.
We run entirely on the funds we receive from foundations, corporations and generous people like you.
Rolf Geyling | President
You know it. I know it. There’s just no way around it.
Because of the pandemic, this Christmas is going to be really different. Even our meals will be different. We’re serving them all in to-go boxes. But that doesn’t make them any less important.
In fact, for many people, this Christmas may be the most important one ever. It could be the Christmas their life changes.
Let’s work together to make it happen!
Only One Rescue Mission
“I strongly support all the programs at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission because they result in giving hope to those struggling to find hope, and in doing so prevent crime and support public safety. Although there is a tremendous need for residential treatment programs in Santa Barbara County there is only one Rescue Mission.”
- Joyce Dudley, Santa Barbara District Attorney