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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, July 18, 2016

Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Graduation


SANTA BARBARA, CA - On Saturday, July 23 at 5:00 p.m. the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission will honor the accomplishments of 18 men and women graduating from their life-changing 12-month, state-certified residential drug and alcohol treatment program. These men and women will be joining 679 graduates since 1997. Rolf Geyling, president of the Rescue Mission shared, “God is using our compassionate care and clinical expertise to change and save lives each and every day at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, helping make Santa Barbara better for all!”

The Rescue Mission is certified by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, the highest level of distinction given to non-medical treatment facilities. In contrast to national statistics that show only 21% of those who complete addiction recovery programs remain dependency free within five years, more than 51% of the Mission’s graduates maintain recovery over this same time period.

The public is invited to come and hear the men and women share their testimonies of recovery. The ceremony and reception will be hosted by El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road, Montecito.

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 2015, the Mission provided 145,078 meals and 54,239 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.

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