Our community outreach activities:
Transition House is dedicated to the solution of family homelessness in the Santa Barbara community. Capable and motivated families with children are offered respectful, non-sectarian residential services and the life skills needed to alleviate their poverty, and to restore self-sufficiency and dignity.
In 1984, Transition House was created by volunteers from the Santa Barbara area who stepped forward to give food and shelter to their homeless neighbors. Transition House’s program is based on the understanding that the root cause of family homelessness is poverty. There may be other and varied contributing factors to homelessness, but underlying it is always poverty.
The first Monday of each month FPCSB serves at Transition House
Casa Esperanza Homeless Center
Our mission is to assist homeless individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency, by helping as many as possible access the services they need to transition to stable employment and housing.
Casa Esperanza is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Offering a wide array of services for the homeless, with an emphasis on both emotional and physical health, 12 different program partners collaborate to bring recovery to the homeless — all under one roof.
Each Friday a team from FPCSB serves at Community Kitchen.
Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
Mission Statement: The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is a ministry of Christian people bringing physical, emotional, educational and spiritual resources to men, women and children in need, particularly those struggling with addictions.
The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission has served the city and county of Santa Barbara for 46 years, providing emergency services and long-term recovery for the homeless and addicted. With 80 beds for men and 20 for women and children, they are the only emergency shelter from Santa Maria to Ventura that is open 365 nights of the year. In 2010, they provided 159,140 meals and 61,025 safe nights of shelter for individuals with no other place to turn. The mission offers homeless guest services, 12-month residential recovery, outpatient services, family support, and men’s sober living. Components of the recovery program include counseling and group processing, covering topics such as anger- management, alcohol and drug awareness, HIV and Hepatitis awareness, self-esteem, parenting, and relapse prevention. Their Learning Center provides academic and career assessments, literacy assistance, GED preparation, computer skills training, and career development. Services are available to all men and women 18 years and older without discrimination on the basis of religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, criminal history, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. Over eighty percent of the clients are residents of Santa Barbara County.
Sonshine at Central Coast Nursing Center
“Sonshine Ministry” is an organized program coming from State of Washington: Christ-centered care for rest home residents. Brought to our mission Team by Anabel Miller (Esther Hur’s mother) about 2002 and approved by us, taken on by us. She recognized that the facility on Via Lucero (then known as Beverly La Cumbre) could use God’s love. Name has recently changed to “Central Coast Nursing Center”
The ministry: Worship Service, Sunday afternoon at 2:00, one Sunday a month on second Sunday
Who: Betty Rupp and Yvonne Bazinet; sometimes Dave Bazinet
Due to the alarming increase in vehicle dwellers in south Santa Barbara County, coupled with the crackdown on overnight parking enacted by the City of Santa Barbara, New Beginnings currently operates a program to provide safe overnight parking for individuals and families who find themselves living in their vehicles. The program is a cooperative between New Beginnings, area churches and non-profits whereby participating institutions provide parking places for vehicle dwellers registered with the New Beginnings program. The program currently includes various dispersed locations in the county. The purpose of the program is to provide a level of stability needed for vehicle dwellers to effectively make positive changes in their lives. A safe place to park, together with the social services and case management provided by New Beginnings case workers, are the tools used to achieve this end. Interested parties should direct their calls to a case worker at (805) 284-3463 for Nancy or (805) 637-6242 for Roslyn.
FPCSB hosts five vehicles each night for the Safe Parking Program.
Rev. Ivan Vorster for the past eight years has been Sheriff’s Chaplain at Santa Barbara County Jail. He is also the pastor on a part time basis of Goleta Valley Church and has been such for five years. He finds both ministries rewarding and pleasing. He has been a pioneer pastor and missionary for the past forty years, having established churches and trained disciples.
Ted Baehr and Dave Bazinet serve at the Santa Barbara Jail in IRC400 leading inmates in a bible study. They also are able to show videos to the inmates to further discussion and inspiration.
A new development of the Jail Ministry is “Angel Mail,” a letter writing ministry to inmates.
Santa Barbara has always been known for its gorgeous weather. Here, we rarely see extreme changes in the climate, although temperatures can still drop significantly during the winter months. Most of us can simply put on extra layers of clothing or stay in the comforts of our homes to stay warm. For the homeless, it is more of a challenge to get through the cold months when they are at a higher risk of exposure and illnesses such as the flu and pneumonia.
The warming shelters are a collaboration of various groups to assist the homeless through the cold winter season. Various churches host these shelters when temperatures are predicted to drop below 40 degrees or when there is a 50 percent chance of rain from November to March. In the shelters, volunteers provide guests with their own bedding, a hot meal, and a sack lunch.
The A-OK! Program (After school Opportunities for Kids) at Adams, Cleveland, Franklin, Harding, and McKinley elementary schools and the After School Program at La Cumbre Junior High operate every school day until 6 p.m. These excellent programs receive major funding from the California Department of Education through a statewide After School Education and Safety (ASES) grant program. Each site is supervised by well-trained staff and offers a structured, engaging array of academic and enrichment activities. Major partners include the Santa Barbara Unified School District, the site schools, City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department, Police Activities League, and Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara. Each year, various other partners bring special program curricula. As the lead agency, the Santa Barbara Unified School District administers the program.