SANTA BARBARA, CA – The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission is accepting turkeys, canned food, and monetary donations in preparation for its annual Thanksgiving Feast on Wednesday, November 23 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. The Rescue Mission’s staff and a team of volunteers are planning to serve over 300 meals to community members in need. This festive celebration will be held in the Mission’s well decorated dining hall located at 535 East Yanonali Street.
The turkeys are prepared and cooked in advance. The Thanksgiving dinner will include turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, pie…and all the trimmings. Approximately 500 turkeys are needed for all of the meals that will be served throughout the holiday season.
Rolf Geyling shared, “There are hundreds of hungry, hurting souls in Santa Barbara who have lost everything, can’t find a job, are enslaved by drugs or alcohol, or even find themselves homeless. For them, the holidays can be the hardest time of year, with no family of their own—or place to call home.”
Donations may be dropped off Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Yanonali Street office.
About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
This 501(c)(3) organization has served the county and city of Santa Barbara for 51 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.