Change Starts With a Meal
Every $1.51 you give provides a complete Thanksgiving 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.
Wes came to the Mission straight from jail. He’d been living on the streets and was addicted to drugs and alcohol. In short, his life was a mess.
God knew it. He knew it. We knew it.
But the meals and the Recovery Program he entered here changed all that. They changed his life – from the inside out.
“If it weren’t for the Mission, I’d definitely be dead,” he says.
Today, Wes is clean and sober. He has reunited with his wife and kids and works at the Mission as our Kitchen Supervisor. Wes knows how important every meal you provide is.
“The donors are everything to this place,” Wes says. “It’s so great that God works in their lives and that they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves and be a part of the community.”
Because every meal can become a turning point, we can’t let anyone go hungry – especially not on Thanksgiving.
“Human kindness goes a long way. It’s amazing how far that can go for somebody who doesn't get that all the time, how much they appreciate it.”
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