PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Project Healthy Neighbors

The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission will host Project Healthy Neighbors to prepare community members in need for winter. The Rescue Mission in collaboration with Parish Nursing, County of Santa Barbara Public Health Department, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, Worth Street Reach, and Common Ground will offer free TB tests, flu shots, Hepatitis C and HIV screenings, as well as provide education and medical, dental and vision referrals. Other agencies such as CARES, PATH, New Beginnings, Salvation Army, and Freedom Warming Centers will also be present to offer information on their services.

This two day effort will begin on Monday, November 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission’s main facility located at 535 East Yanonali Street. Incentives are being offered such as backpacks and gift cards to all those who participate in the benefits of these health giving services. This twofold project will conclude on Wednesday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in time for the participants to attend the Rescue Mission’s annual Thanksgiving Feast.

“I am so grateful for this collaboration of professionals and volunteers who are joining together to help homeless men and women prepare for winter. It is very rewarding to be able to offer our guests and others free medical services,” said Jill Wallerstedt, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission’s homeless guest services director.

About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
This 501(c)(3) organization has served the county and city of Santa Barbara for 50 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 2014, the Mission provided 145,669 meals and 56,538 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.

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