HEALTH MINDED . . .
RAISING FUNDS FOR REAL NEED AT SANTA BARBARA RESCUE MISSION
by Bonnie Carroll
Rolf Geyling, President Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
Each year an army of caring volunteers show up to assist with the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Thanksgiving and Christmas Feast, holiday sit down dinners served to over 300 men, women and children in need. This year is a vitally important year of fund-raising for the SBRM to insure funds to cover the cost of a sorely needed renovation and remodel of the existing mission. These funds will provide more beds, prayer space, and separate bath facilities for a large number of homeless women between 55-75 who are coming to the SBRM for help. The Rescue Mission is currently in the middle of their 40,000 square foot remodel, but their contractors broke long enough to assist in serving attendees at this year's holiday feasts.
Board Members & Supporters Serve the Feasts
Rolf Geyling, president of The Rescue Mission lovingly gives a special blessing to the large group in attendance to start the feasts each year. According to Geyling “As the holiday season approaches, the need to serve the homeless is great. So many men, women, and children in need turn to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission every day. This year, we plan to serve more than 10,000 meals between now and the end of the year.”
SBRM Expanded Shower Facilities
The remodel to enhance and expand The Rescue Mission will provide an updated woman’s dorm that will double the number of beds for women at the facility, as well as provide a private woman's shower/bathroom area. According Geyling there is a rising number of homeless women from 55 to 75 coming to the mission for help, and these improvements are not only needed but necessary. Additional Improvements to the first and second floor, renovation to enlarge the chapel, men's recovery program areas (including an ADA bathroom) and the kitchen facility that prepares over 90,000 meals annually are all included in this vitally needed remodel.
Santa Barbara Sheriff Bill Brown believes the Rescue Mission is what every community needs desperately – a place where broken lives can be rebuilt, and Joyce Dudley, Santa Barbara District Attorney believes the programs at the Rescue Mission result in giving hope to those struggling to find hope, prevents crime and supports public safety. 85% of The Rescue Mission resources are used to provide outpatient and residential recovery programs.
SBRM Program Members Prepare the Feasts
The 501(c)(3) organization has served the country and city of Santa Barbara for 50 years, providing emergency services and long-term recovery for the homeless ad addicted. It is the only emergency shelter that is open 365 nights of the year from 'Santa Maria to Ventura. In 2016, the Mission provided 143,051 meals and 51,627 safe nights of shelter for individuals with no place else to turn. The Mission's 12-month residential recovery program aims to bring individuals from decades of addiction, institutionalization, and homelessness back to sobriety, health and wholeness. Certification through the California Department of Alcohol and 'Drug Programs ensures that participants receive the highest standard of treatment in a non-medical facility. The mission receives no government funding.
Those wishing to support 'The Mission of Hope' remodel and expansion campaign please contact: Rolf Geyling, President A Mission of Hope at firstname.lastname@example.org.