Archive for March, 2018
“Ever since I can remember, my life was about being severely abused. Six months after being born, Child Protective Services took me away from my mom. After that, my life was a downhill spiral.
“Over the years, I tried every drug possible. Before long I was 150+ pounds overweight. I started living in my car, and I was drinking to the point of blacking out every day, never knowing what I had done the night before.”
“I started getting arrested frequently, and that’s when I broke down and cried out to God — if He was really there. I asked for Him to help me get clean and stay clean, no matter what it took. It was only then I admitted I needed help… and that’s when I waited for an interview at the Mission’s Bethel House.”
Little by little, Bianca no longer felt like she was a bad person for being a drug addict…
“Slowly, the guilt from my childhood started to subside. The pain lessened. I started to see things for what they really were, not what was ingrained in me as a child. And now a dream has come true: I was offered a job working with animals, and today I am employed as a grooming apprentice and loving what I do.
“My unsure belief in something out there bigger than I has transformed into a strong faith in the God I have come to know and love. Thank you for doing your part to help me know what real life is like – a life God intended for me to live.”
David and Anna Grotenhuis have given $1,000,000 through their charitable trust to help fund our much-needed remodel of our Santa Barbara Rescue Yanonali Street facility. In recognition for a leadership-level gift within our Mission of Hope campaign, the new entry courtyard will be named in their honor.
“We are so grateful for David and Anna and their generous leadership in making sure there will be a place in our community where people confronting homelessness and addiction can turn for decades to come,” said campaign chair, Karl Willig. “As important as it is to sustain our ongoing work, it is now equally urgent that we address critical issues within a facility that has served over 3 million meals and provided 1.7 million nights of shelter since 1986. As Santa Barbara depends on us to be there for community members in crisis, we hope that others will follow the Grotenhuis’ example to see that this will be in place for years to come.”
As long-time Santa Barbara residents, David and Anna Grotenhuis have been actively involved in the non-profit community, including Westmont College, the Westmont Foundation, The Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, Cottage Hospital and the Grotenhuis Pediatric Clinic. David co-founded Santa Barbara Capital, a real estate investment firm, in 1972.
We receive no public funding and consistently demonstrate that an effort funded almost entirely by private philanthropy can be far more effective than typical programs. With a treatment completion rate of 37% (vs. 20% nationally) and 53% of graduates maintaining long-term recovery (vs 21% nationally) it provides an essential response to homelessness, cyclical institutionalization and the staggering cost of untreated addiction to our community.
The Mission of Hope campaign aims to address urgent facility and code concerns at the Yanonali site the Rescue Mission has used since 1986. This extensive 40,000 square foot remodel is anticipated to cost $10M, will address accumulated wear, replace all major building systems, provide adequate sleeping and bathroom spaces for guests in crisis and meet current seismic, structural and accessibility codes. Successful completion of this project will ensure that critical services for Santa Barbara’s neediest residents can continue for decades to come.
On March 24, Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara hosted our first graduation ceremony for 2018. We celebrated the 20 men and women who have completed the 12-month residential recovery program. We are thankful for the courageous accomplishments of these brave individuals.