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Graduation 2017


We will honor the women and men graduating from our 12-month Residential Treatment Program on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at Calvary Baptist Church located at 736 West Islay Street, Santa Barbara. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please contact us at 805-966-1316.

60 Minutes at the Mission

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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, March 1, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Please RSVP to Rebecca 966-1316 ext. 105 or rweber@sbrm.org.

Christmas Feast

christmas-feast-2015-018We wchristmas-feast-2015-029ill be holding our annual Christmas Feast on Friday, 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 our gift distribution, please contact Rebecca at 966-1316 ext. 105 or rweber@sbrm.org.

Holiday Newsletter

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The holiday newsletter gives us a chance to show you lives changed, neighbors helped, the holidays celebrated, and hope for a bright new year.  Please open this fall/winter issue of Milestonesholiday-newsletter-2016

Thanksgiving Feast

600_3120Our annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Wednesday, November 23 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 East Yanonali Street.

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.600_3059

Turkey Drive

600_4971We are in need of turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations in preparation for our annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 23 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 500 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.

Upcoming Fall Graduation

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We will honor the women and men graduating from our 12-month Residential Treatment Program on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at Santa Barbara Community Church located at 1002 Cieneguitas Road, Santa Barbara. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please call (805) 966-1316.

Blues on the Bayou Success

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              Our Women’s Auxiliary created the perfect themed event with many shades of beautiful blue. Saxophonist, Ron McCarley jazzed it up with the rhythm of the blues as guests swayed to his tunes. Ian Bond graduated from our 12-month residential recovery program five years ago, and he shared his story of courage strength and hope.

9        Silvio Di Loreto was honored with the prestigious Leni Fe Bland award for his service to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and the community. We are grateful to our Auxiliary and donors who have made this a successful event for the past 15 years.

The Class of July 2016

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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

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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.

Summer Newsletter

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Please see this “Tribute to Life Change” issue
of Milestones: Summer Newsletter 2016

Upcoming Summer Graduation

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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.

4th of July Carnival

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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.”

Philanthropist of the Year!

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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.

60 Minutes at the Mission

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 rweber@sbrm.org.

Easter Feast

600_4960Our 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 600_5037holiday fare. It was a joyful time of great comfort for our homeless guests and community members in need.

Grateful Graduates

600_4110On 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 600_4889accomplishments.

Annual Easter Feast

600_5237 SBRM Feast PhotoWe 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 lmacrae@sbrm.org.

Graduation Ceremony 2016

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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.

Women’s Auxiliary Bethel House Tea

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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 Message of Hope

600_3332A 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.

Holiday Newsletter

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

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Christmas Feast

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600_3399We 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 DSC_1974Wallerstedt at 966-1316 ext. 111.

Thanksgiving Feast

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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 365 600_3377nights of the year from Santa Maria to Ventura.

 

Turkey Drive

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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.

Bayou Super Silent Auction

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Make plans with your friends to bid on these hot items!  What fun!

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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

 

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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

 

Kona CondoGo 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

 

keystone-coloradoRelax 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

 

Calaveras Cabin IMG_2910Calaveras Cabin
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.
Value $1,400

 

 

June Lake photo (7)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

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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