Archive for December, 2016
She descended into addiction while her mom prayed she wouldn’t die. If Megan hadn’t come here, she could have died. “It wasn’t IF I would die,” she says, tears springing into her eyes. “It was WHEN.”
Then Megan was arrested and she realized she finally had to make a decision—“I knew the rest of my life was going to be addiction and jail . . . or I could decide to do something to change that. So I made the choice to try the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. There are so many people here who genuinely love you,” she says. “People who genuinely care.”
“My life was on the line,” she admits. “I was ready to die . . . and almost didn’t care what came next,” she sighs. “There was no hope.” But when God guided Megan into our proven 12-month recovery program, she discovered the Christ-centered love necessary to break the cycle of addiction and turn her life around. “A lot of times I felt like I didn’t deserve it,” she admits, “and I’m still not sure why, but God gave me this chance!”
We will 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can purchase a holiday meal for $1.51 and feed our neighbors in need at Christmastime.