Archive for December, 2012

Year-End Gifts

The IRS requires that gifts by check can be tax-deductible in 2012, as long as they are postmarked on or before December 31.  Credit card gifts mailed to SBRM must be receipted in the tax year received regardless of postmarks and the Mission is open on Monday from 8:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Credit card gifts made online until 9:59 p.m. on December 31 will be deductible in 2012.  Thank you for giving generously.

A Last Minute Gift Idea

Give the gift of life this Christmas!  This is the perfect present for the person who has everything.  We’ll fill in the blanks and send this card to the individual, couple, or family that you would like to honor.  Please be sure to contact me by Friday ( or 966-1316) to give this gift of eternal value.

Merry Christmas!

Rebecca Weber

Ask and You Shall Receive

We are so grateful for the first responders to our request for coats.  We’re preparing for our annual Christmas Feast this Friday and realized we had a shortage of warm coats to give away.  This is our most needful item for the gift distribution to our community members in need.  A big thanks to Unander Construction, Providence Hall, and One Warm Coat for providing warmth to the men and women who need it most.

Nancy Receives a Home for Christmas

Perhaps you have seen a woman pushing a large shopping cart of recyclables around the streets of downtown Santa Barbara.  Her name is Nancy Thompson, and all of us who know her or have seen her can rejoice that she is now housed after being homeless for 23 years.

As a woman living outdoors who also has health problems, Nancy was identified as one of the top 100 most vulnerable individuals in Santa Barbara County during the 2010 Vulnerability Index survey. When I saw her name on that list, I knew I needed to advocate for this remarkable, self-sufficient woman who regularly showers and eats at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

Now, thanks to the Santa Barbara City Housing Authority, the wonderful women at the Doctors Without Walls/Santa Barbara Street Medicine Women’s Clinic, and all the rest of us who encouraged and supported her, Nancy has the keys to her own apartment. The Pathpoint support staff is going to help Nancy explore other means of earning her living after she settles in. Although she can pull hundreds of pounds of recyclables at age 57, she knows that a less strenuous and stressful job will be welcome as she ages.

Congratulations, Nancy, you have earned this!

Jill Wallertstedt
Homeless Guest Services Director

Christmas Feast

We will be holding our annual Christmas Feast on Friday, December 21 in our dining hall located at 535 E. Yanonali Street from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Our staff and a team of volunteers will serve meals to men, women and children.  We’re able to serve up to 400 people in need through charitable donations of food items and gifts 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.

Volunteers are still needed to help serve! Please contact Lizzy MacRae at 966-1316 ext. 107.

Creative Holiday Giving

From left, Rolf Geyling, Mari Mender, and Sable Layman.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are joyful times here at the Rescue Mission thanks to the regular stream of friends who make special efforts to care for the homeless and addicted.  Today we were grateful for a visit from our dear friend Mari Mender of Prudential California Realty who initiated a community drive for pillows and blankets.  We are in constant need of these items, and we’re so glad that our guests will feel the love when the put their heads down on a brand-new pillow.

Many thanks to Mari, Sable Layman, Mission Linen, K-Mart, and everyone else who took part!  If your family, friends, office or church would like to join in the fun, please contact Rebecca Weber at