40 Days of Celebration for 40 Years of Service

People’s Self-Help Housing invites public to Taste of Hope Event October 3

Celebrity Co-Chairs Rona Barrett and Steve Ford invite the public to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of People’s Self-Help Housing at “Central Coast Taste of Hope” event to be held this Fall, Sunday, October 3 at 3 p.m. at the historic Rubin home and gardens near the Santa Barbara Mission.

Enjoy fine wine-tasting, savor gourmet food and hors d’oeuvres from Santa Barbara’s finest caterers and restaurants in this 1903 American Colonial Revival home. Live music, silent auction, and short awards ceremony honoring Michael Towbes, Donor of the Year; David Boyd and Jeanice Lugo, Volunteers of the Year; Santa Barbara Foundation, Foundation of the Year; and Devlev Peikert, Professional of the Year. Limited to 100 guests, so reserve early.

On Saturday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. another celebration will be held at the Edwards Barn in Nipomo and another on Saturday, November 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Niner Winery in Paso Robles.

“We are extremely proud of the difference Peoples’ Self-Help Housing has made in the 25 communities we serve in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties,” said PSHH Executive Director, Jeanette Duncan. “For four decades we’ve been making it possible for low-income families, seniors, and special need groups to a have an affordable place to live. A stable home life positively affects every other aspect of their lives. Households are able to devote more of their income to education, nutritious food, and medical care. Seeing those thousands of faces happy families moving into their first home, tenants getting the key to their affordable apartment, and a homeless person moving from the street or a shelter has made this a rewarding experience.”

Duncan expressed particular appreciation for the three unique and beautiful venues selected for the more-than-month-long celebration. “Whether you’ve supported us in the past or are just getting to know us, we hope you’ll come and enjoy the gorgeous settings, wonderful food and music, plus exciting auctions that will be a part of each event.”

Rona Barrett is one of the best known pioneers and innovators in entertainment reporting and publishing. Over three decades of Hollywood journalism, her vast career included a stint on Good Morning America, publishing a series of Hollywood magazines including Rona Barrett’s Hollywood, and in-depth interviews with top Hollywood entertainers. In 1991, she retired full time to her Santa Ynez ranch. She founded the Rona Barrett Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to seniors in need, through extensive advocacy work on behalf of seniors; fundraising and charitable events; and through her work to create more (and better) affordable housing for seniors. She now stars in a touring One Woman Show, Rona Barrett: Nothing But the Truth that supports the Foundation.

Honorary Chair Steven Ford has enjoyed a successful acting career in movies and television for 25 years. Before acting, Ford worked on the professional rodeo circuit as a team roper. He owns a ranch in San Luis Obispo. He is sought after nationally as a motivational speaker for corporate events relating his inspiring experiences during his family’s stay in the White House and his years in Hollywood. He is the third son of former President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford.

Peoples’ progress during the last 40 years has been impressive. The non-profit organization has helped over 1,100 low-incomes households own their first home with a sweat-equity investment. Peoples’ developed and now manages over 1,300 rental units in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties with currently over 5,500 residents. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing continues to be committed to developing vibrant neighborhoods, building safe, attractive, high-quality housing and to provide innovative supportive services so that their residents develop greater self-sufficiency and better quality of life. Peoples’ continues to strengthen its reputation and leadership position as the premiere affordable housing and community developer in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

The mission of People’s Self-Help Housing is to provide affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California’s Central Coast. Visit People’s Self-Help Housing for details or call (805) 781-3088 or (805) 962-5152.


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