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Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Begins Remodel of Facility

SANTA BARBARA, CA – Santa Barbara Rescue Mission has broken ground on the 40,000 square foot remodel of its facility located at 535 East Yanonali Street.

This project represents three years of planning, permitting, and initial fundraising to recreate a facility which will better serve as an anchor for services to the homeless and addicted in the community.

It all was possible because of our gracious donors.

In our history, 3 million meals and 1.6 million stays have been provided since 1986. After continuous use, every night, the Yanonali Street buildings were in desperate need of repair. Addressing significant social challenges of those struggling with homelessness and addiction, our team knew that the facility in its existing shape was inadequate to serve homeless guests and residents in 12-month recovery over the next 20 years.

The impact this facility will make for our mission:

  • The shelter capacity will double
  • Gender-specific bathroom and shower facilities will be provided to guests
  • The remodel will still allow our programs to continue during the extensive remodel of each structural element of the facility

The Mission of Hope continues to be impacted by donors across the Santa Barbara region. 

Donate to the Mission of Hope Today

Thanksgiving Feast

Our annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Wednesday, November 22 from noon to 2:00 p.m.

We are preparing to serve more than 300 meals to community members in need. This festive celebration will be held in our dining hall located at 535 East Yanonali Street. Signups for volunteers will begin in November.

The homeless, hurting and hungry in our community feel forgotten––especially during the holidays.  Every plate offered is an opportunity to share Christ’s love and grace. We are the only emergency shelter that is open 365 nights of the year from Santa Maria to Ventura.

60 Minutes at the Mission

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Spend an hour with us, meet our leader, and tour our facilities. Hear how our team is being used to rebuild broken lives through our homeless guest services and recovery programs.

The next event will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Please RSVP to Rebecca 966-1316 ext. 105 or rweber@sbrm.org.

Summer Graduation


We will honor the women and men graduating from our 12-month Residential Treatment Program on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at Emanuel Lutheran Church located at 3721 Modoc Road, Santa Barbara. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please contact us at 805-966-1316.

4th of July Carnival

We are holding our tenth annual 4th of July Carnival and barbecue dinner for homeless guests on Tuesday, July 4 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  The carnival will take place in our converted parking lot located at 535 East Yanonali Street.  It is one of the summer’s highlights and we are preparing to serve approximately 300 homeless men, women and children.

Through the efforts of our very own Women’s Auxiliary, there will be music to entertain guests, raffle prizes to win, and a carnival of games such as a pie throwing contest!  The men and women in the Mission’s 12-month Residential Recovery Program will also be present to lend a helping hand and celebrate with the guests in patriotic style.

Rolf Geyling, our president, said, “Life on the streets is never easy.  That is why the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission works so hard to create a warm, welcoming, homelike atmosphere—especially during the holidays.”

 

In Memory of Silvio Di Loreto

The Rescue Mission family mourns the recent passing of our good friend, Silvio Di Loreto. In the mid 80’s, we were a 20-year-old organization that had outgrown its first two rented homes and was in need of a permanent facility. The search for the right location became challenging and reached an impasse until Silvio, owner of Sunset Realty, proposed that the City make a lot on Yanonali Street and facilitated the purchase transaction that gave us the home we’ve been in since.

I wonder whether Silvio and those involved actually envisioned what a special place they had a hand in creating. In the last 30 years, we have provided 3 million meals and 1.7 million nights of shelter for people who would otherwise have gone without. In recent years, over 700 people have found hope in the struggle against addiction by graduating from our treatment program.

For his instrumental role in providing our community with such a place of hope and recovery, we were pleased to rightly honor Silvio with the Leni Fe Bland Award at our annual Bayou benefit this past fall. We continue to be grateful to him and extend our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Rolf Geyling
President

Annual Easter Feast

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.

Graduation 2017


We will honor the women and men graduating from our 12-month Residential Treatment Program on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at Calvary Baptist Church located at 736 West Islay Street, Santa Barbara. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please contact us at 805-966-1316.

Christmas Feast

christmas-feast-2015-018We wchristmas-feast-2015-029ill 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 rweber@sbrm.org.

Holiday Newsletter

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The holiday newsletter gives us a chance to show you lives changed, neighbors helped, the holidays celebrated, and hope for a bright new year.  Please open this fall/winter issue of Milestonesholiday-newsletter-2016

Thanksgiving Feast

600_3120Our annual Thanksgiving Feast will be held on Wednesday, November 23 from noon to 2:00 p.m.

We are preparing to serve more than 300 meals to community members in need. This festive celebration will be held in our dining hall located at 535 East Yanonali Street.

The homeless, hurting and hungry in our community feel forgotten––especially during the holidays.  Every plate offered is an opportunity to share Christ’s love and grace.  We are the only emergency shelter that is open 365 nights of the year from Santa Maria to Ventura.600_3059

Turkey Drive

600_4971We are in need of turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations in preparation for our annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 23 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  Our volunteers are planning to serve over 300 meals to community members in need.  The festive celebration will be held in our dining hall located at 535 East Yanonali Street.

The birds are prepared and cooked in advance.  The Thanksgiving dinner will include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pie…and all the trimmings.  Approximately 500 turkeys are needed for all of the meals that will be served throughout the holiday season.

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

Upcoming Fall Graduation

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We will honor the women and men graduating from our 12-month Residential Treatment Program on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at Santa Barbara Community Church located at 1002 Cieneguitas Road, Santa Barbara. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please call (805) 966-1316.

Blues on the Bayou Success

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              Our Women’s Auxiliary created the perfect themed event with many shades of beautiful blue. Saxophonist, Ron McCarley jazzed it up with the rhythm of the blues as guests swayed to his tunes. Ian Bond graduated from our 12-month residential recovery program five years ago, and he shared his story of courage strength and hope.

9        Silvio Di Loreto was honored with the prestigious Leni Fe Bland award for his service to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and the community. We are grateful to our Auxiliary and donors who have made this a successful event for the past 15 years.

The Class of July 2016

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A year ago, I was drunk in a bottle. I didn’t have a job, and my wife was about ready to leave me. A year later, I have a job–as of today! I haven’t lost my family, and my in-laws aren’t upset with me anymore.” –Jay

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On July 23, we honored the 18 men and women who graduated from our state-certified drug and alcohol treatment program. These graduates shared stories of addiction, and how they were able to rebuild their broken lives at the Rescue Mission. The majority are employed or they are planning to continue their education. We have maintained a 93 percent employment rate among those completing our year-long treatment program. We are so thankful to El Montecito Presbyterian Church for hosting the ceremony and blessing each grad with a Bible. We couldn’t do this without our donors and volunteers who help to make this miraculous work possible.

Summer Newsletter

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Please see this “Tribute to Life Change” issue
of Milestones: Summer Newsletter 2016

Upcoming Summer Graduation

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We will honor the 18 women and men graduating from our 12-month Residential Treatment Program on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be held at El Montecito Presbyterian Church located at 1455 East Valley Road, Montecito. There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please call (805) 966-1316.

4th of July Carnival

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We are holding our ninth annual 4th of July Carnival and barbecue dinner for homeless guests on Monday, July 4 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  The carnival will take place in our converted parking lot located at 535 East Yanonali Street.  It is one of the summer’s highlights and we are preparing to serve approximately 300 homeless men, women and children.

Through the efforts of our very own Women’s Auxiliary, there will be music to entertain guests, raffle prizes to win, and a carnival of games such as a pie throwing contest!  The men and women in the Mission’s 12-month Residential Recovery Program will also be present to lend a helping hand and celebrate with the guests in patriotic style.

Rolf Geyling, our president, said, “Life on the streets is never easy.  That is why the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission works so hard to create a warm, welcoming, homelike atmosphere—especially during the holidays.”

Philanthropist of the Year!

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Nate Callanan decided to do some fundraising in his own neighborhood.  He made fresh-squeezed lemonade and opened up for business.  Nate, a six-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist, raised $65.72 to feed our homeless guests.  After his success, he came down to personally present his gift to our president, Rolf Geyling.  Donors, like Nate, make it possible to provide meals and shelter to our homeless guests 365 days a year.

60 Minutes at the Mission

Spend an hour with us, meet our leader, and tour our facilities. Hear how our team is being used to rebuild broken lives through our homeless guest services and recovery programs. The next event will be held on Wednesday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. Please RSVP to Rebecca 966-1316 ext. 105 or rweber@sbrm.org.

Easter Feast

600_4960Our annual Easter Feast was made possible through the generosity of our compassionate donors. The volunteers made sure that each guest was waited on with gentleness and loving-kindness. The residents in our 12-month Residential Recovery Program cooked all day to prepare delicious 600_5037holiday fare. It was a joyful time of great comfort for our homeless guests and community members in need.

Grateful Graduates

600_4110On Saturday night, we honored nine women and seven men who graduated from our 12-month Residential Recovery Program. When they arrived at the Mission they were broken and in need of renewal. Each one described their desperation, transformation and gratitude. We are so proud of their 600_4889accomplishments.

Annual Easter Feast

600_5237 SBRM Feast PhotoWe will be holding our annual Easter Feast on Thursday, March 24 in our dining hall located at 535 E. 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 Lizzy MacRae at 966-1316 ext. 107 or lmacrae@sbrm.org.

Graduation Ceremony 2016

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We will honor the women and men graduating from our 12-month residential treatment program on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 5:00 p.m.  The ceremony will be held at Calvary Chapel located at 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez #21, Santa Barbara.

There will be a reception immediately following. For more information, please call 966-1316.

Women’s Auxiliary Bethel House Tea

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Our Women’s Auxiliary hosts an annual Christmas Bethel House Tea party for all of the ladies in our 12-month Residential Recovery Program. Last week, the Auxiliary organized their traditional program complete with carols and delicious holiday fare. It was a sweet time of fellowship and remembering whom we are celebrating in this season of great joy.