Change Starts With a Meal
Every $1.51 you give provides a complete Christmas meal (with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing — the works) for someone in need right here in Santa Barbara. Even better, it can open the door to our comprehensive Recovery Program and become the start of a whole new life.
A Life-Changing Christmas
Robyn came to the Mission straight from jail. And it was the best thing that could have happened to her.
“I feel a peace I have never felt before,” she says. “At the Mission I truly got to know and understand Jesus and the power in prayer. I saw the humility and suffering He endured to save me. The Mission has shown me a simple but powerful path.”
Robyn has also found a family here — something that was stolen from her when she was 15 and her mother died of cancer.
“I think I got more Christmas presents and more love and affection than I had in the prior 10 years, that’s for sure,” says Robyn.
“There are just no words to express how grateful I am to the donors. They’ve given me a life. They’ve given not only to me but to my kids, my family members, and anybody that I’m going to be coming in contact with. They’ve started a big snowball effect.”
Lasting change like Robyn’s can start with just one meal — which is why every single meal friends like you give matters.
Rolf Geyling | President
There’s an irony to living in Santa Barbara. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth, but we cannot escape people in need.
For almost everyone who comes to the Mission, the most unifying theme I hear is trauma. People have experienced something. Sometimes it’s self-inflicted, but a lot of times it’s just circumstances. If you sit there at the table and hear their story, you think, “Okay, if that happened to me, I could see my life becoming unhinged.”
About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
Santa Barbara Rescue Mission has provided life-changing recovery services and emergency care to the homeless and hungry since 1965. We are the only place between Ventura and Santa Maria that is open 365 nights a year. For many people, we are their last stop. Their last chance. Their last hope.
We run entirely on the funds we receive from foundations, corporations and generous people like you.
Only One Rescue Mission
“I strongly support all the programs at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission because they result in giving hope to those struggling to find hope, and in doing so prevent crime and support public safety. Although there is a tremendous need for residential treatment programs in Santa Barbara County there is only one Rescue Mission.”
- Joyce Dudley, Santa Barbara District Attorney