Archive for October, 2013


Peter’s Story

Two of our graduates share their personal stories at each graduation ceremony. This is Peter’s story of recovery.

Turkey Drive

We are accepting turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations in preparation for our annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 27 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  We’re planning to serve over 300 meals to community members in need.  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.

Rolf Geyling, president of the Rescue Mission, stated “We’re already expecting this to be one of our busiest Thanksgiving seasons ever.  We are seeing an increase in emergency meals with other local, emergency resources drying up due to cutbacks—our numbers will only continue to climb.”

Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Yanonali St. office.

Tribute to Recovery Ceremony

Please watch this condensed version of one of our graduation ceremonies!

Erika’s Escape from Addiction


Erika’s childhood was golden—full of love . . . laughter . . . and magic memories.  The family would gather from miles around. She would romp through the house with her cousins. All in all, it was the stuff of fairy tales.  But one day suddenly, the fairy tale ended. Erika’s parents divorced—and her world fell to pieces.

She went looking for love in all the wrong places.  She started using drugs. And then she lost control.  Family gatherings became a nightmare . . . Erika wasn’t welcome and she knew it—all she lived for was just one more fix.  And then one Christmas she landed in the hospital . . . her body so ravaged by drugs that she needed emergency help.  God in His mercy had a plan for Erika.  When hope seemed lost, He led her to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

“It was the only opportunity left,” Erika remembers, “but it was the best thing ever.  I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about this place.”  She’s a whole new woman today.  Just listen to her—“I’m not a thief anymore,” she says.  “I don’t have needles in my arms. I love my life today.  I wake up every day with a smile on my face.  I can be a good friend.  I have a whole new relationship with my family.”

Our History

This video best communicates the impact we have on individuals overcoming their addictions.