We are holding our annual Easter Feast on Thursday, April 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The celebration will occur in the Rescue Mission’s dining hall. Our staff, along with the help of 40 volunteers, will serve meals to men, women and children in need. Through charitable donations of food items and gifts from the Santa Barbara community, we are prepared to serve up to 300 people.
Joan, one of the Mission’s guests, refused to panhandle. She’d lost her job and her home –– but not her dignity. She kept on searching for work, praying an employer would look at her skills instead of the fact she was sleeping on the streets. If she was careful, she could afford to eat one small meal a day…anxiety is what Joan felt as she calculated how long she could afford even that. Without the Mission’s immediate help, through good meals and a safe place to sleep, she says “Worst case scenario, I would be on the streets and relapsing, which is my worst fear after having seven and a half years clean.” Instead, “I’m going strong. I don’t know where the Lord is leading me, but He’s going to lead me somewhere.” The Mission will put a lot of people, like Joan, on the path to a better life this Easter season.