PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 9, 2015

Rescue Mission Announces “Tribute to Recovery” Graduation Ceremony

SANTA BARBARA, CA - On Saturday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m., the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission will honor the accomplishments of 14 men and women graduating from their landmark 12-month, state-certified drug and alcohol treatment program. Rolf Geyling, president of the Rescue Mission shared, “Our passion to bring lasting hope is manifest in our recovery program, which has seen over 640 graduates since 1997. Our graduates are reunited with their families and become contributing members of our community.”

In contrast to national statistics that show only 21% of those who complete addiction recovery programs remain dependency free within five years, more than 55% of the Mission’s graduates maintain recovery over this same time period.

The public is invited to come and hear the graduating class share their personal stories of recovery. These special stories of help, healing, and hope are tributes to the recovery, renewal, and rebirth the graduates have found at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.

The ceremony will be hosted by Community Covenant Church, 5070 Cathedral Oaks Road, Goleta.

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. The Mission receives no government funding.
Rebecca Weber 966-1316 ext. 105 and


535 E. Yanonali Street - Santa Barbara, CA 93103 - (805) 966-1316 - (805) 966-7495 fax

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