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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 12:29 p.m., February 26, 2014 Updated 12:29 p.m., February 26, 2014

Rescue Mission Announces “Tribute to Recovery” Graduation Ceremony

On Saturday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m., the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission will honor the accomplishments of 12 men and 4 women graduating from the 12-month residential drug and alcohol treatment program.


On Saturday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m., the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission will honor the accomplishments of 12 men and 4 women graduating from the 12-month residential drug and alcohol treatment program. These individuals are just the latest of more than 423 graduates since 2000 that have completed the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission’s program and become productive citizens of our community. In contrast to national statistics that show only 21% of those who complete addiction recovery programs not returning to dependency within five years, more than 59% of the Mission’s graduates maintain recovery over this same time period.

Rolf Geyling, President of the SB Rescue Mission said, “It’s working and continues to work long after our graduates leave and return to productive lives in Santa Barbara and beyond. We know — we keep up with them, and their success rate is more than double the national average.”

The public is invited to come and hear the men and women share their personal stories of recovery. The ceremony will be held at Calvary Baptist Church located at 736 W. Islay St., Santa Barbara.

About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

This 501(c)(3) organization has served the county and city of Santa Barbara for 48 years, providing emergency services and long-term recovery for the homeless and addicted. With 80 beds for men and 20 for women and children, it is the only emergency shelter that is open 365 nights of the year from Santa Maria to Ventura. In 2013, the Mission provided 135,599 meals and 64,804 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.