SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is holding its ninth annual 4th of July Carnival and barbecue dinner for their homeless guests on Monday, July 4 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. The carnival will take place in the Rescue Mission’s converted parking lot located at 535 East Yanonali Street. It is one of the summer’s highlights and the Mission is preparing to serve approximately 300 homeless men, women and children.
Through the efforts of the organization’s very own Women’s Auxiliary, there will be music to entertain guests, raffle prizes to win, and a carnival of games such as a pie throwing contest! The men and women in the Mission’s 12-month Residential Recovery Program will also be present to lend a helping hand and celebrate with the guests in patriotic style.
Rolf Geyling, president of the Rescue Mission, stated, “Life on the streets is never easy. That is why the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission works so hard to create a warm, welcoming, homelike atmosphere—especially during the holidays.”
The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is the only local agency providing summer overnight shelter to the homeless, along with other emergency services and life-changing recovery programs. In 2015, The Rescue Mission provided 145,078 meals and 54,239 safe nights of shelter for individuals with no place else to turn.
About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
Established in 1965, this 501(c)(3) organization brings physical, emotional, educational and spiritual resources to those in need. It is the only organization between Oxnard and Santa Maria that provides hot meals and accommodations to homeless guests 365 days of the year. It operates the longest and largest drug and alcohol treatment program on California’s Central Coast. The Mission offers men’s and women’s 12-month residential recovery, outpatient treatment, family support, relapse prevention, men’s sober living, academic instruction, job skills training. Its residential drug and alcohol program has won regional and national recognition for its extraordinary effectiveness. The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission receives no government funding.