Santa Barbara Rescue Mission and its capital
campaign cabinet and advisors announce a groundbreaking celebration on
September 12 at 11:00 a.m. for the 40,000 square foot remodel of their
facility located at 535 East Yanonali Street.
This project represents three years of planning, permitting, and
initial fundraising to recreate a facility which will better serve as
an anchor for services to the homeless and addicted in the community.
Donors have contributed almost eight million toward the 10 million
needed for construction expenses.
District Attorney Joyce Dudley shared, “I strongly support all the
programs at the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission because they result in
giving hope to those struggling to find hope, and in so doing prevent
crime and support public safety. Although there is a tremendous need
for residential treatment programs in Santa Barbara County, there is
only one Rescue Mission.”
The Rescue Mission estimates that over 3 million meals and 1.6 million
stays were provided since 1986. After continuous use, every night, the
Yanonali Street buildings are in desperate need of repair. Addressing
significant social challenges of those struggling with homelessness
and addiction, the Rescue Mission recognizes that the facility in its
current form is inadequate to serve homeless guests and residents in
12-month recovery over the next 20 years.
The remodeled facility will nearly double the number of homeless women
who can be sheltered, improve bathroom facilities by creating
dedicated, gender-specific bathroom and shower facilities for homeless
guests, reinforcing structures with extensive structural and seismic
upgrades to meet current building codes while allowing continuation of
critical programs during the extensive remodel.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Tuesday, September 12
at 11:00 a.m. and speakers will include: District Attorney, Joyce
Dudley; Mayor Pro Tempore, Jason Dominguez, and Sheriff Bill Brown.