Archive for February, 2017
We will be holding our annual Easter Feast on Thursday, April 13 in our dining hall located at 535 East 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 Trinity Schwartz at 966-1316 ext. 107 or tschwartz @sbrm.org.
The hope we find in Christ’s resurrection is an inspiration to each of us—even when you’ve lived through heartache, abuse, and addiction, like Joselle . . .
Both her parents were alcoholics, and after being taken away from her mother, the trauma and violence Joselle experienced at the “iron fists” of her stepmother scarred her deeply. Then, as a vulnerable 13-year-old, she was sent to live with her grandmother. But what could have been an opportunity to escape the damage she’d received became the exact opposite: “I immediately fell in with the wrong crowd”—and into addiction, Joselle admits sadly.
“From that moment on, my life would no longer be my own for many, many years . . .” Until one cold, black December night when she was pulled over for drunk driving. “I knew at that moment it was an intervention from God,” she says with tears at the memory. “And I spent 33 days in jail before coming to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.”
“You’ve provided me with a safe, loving, calm, and disciplined sanctuary to put myself and my life back together,” she smiles. “God had a plan for me,” Joselle says with assurance she’s rarely felt before. “He saved my life. Let me tell you how grateful I am to be a part of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.”