The Mission’s staff and a team of volunteers will serve meals to men, women and children in need.
Gift bags will be distributed to everyone who comes; without this event many would not have any Christmas presents this year. Tables will be set up in the parking lot with a selection of gift items so guests will be able to take what they need most.
“The holidays can be a joyful time, but a lonely time for those that are struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. We offer hope and a new beginning, so many of the graduates of our 12-month residential recovery program started here with a simple holiday meal,” said Rolf Geyling, president of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission.
The media is invited to come and cover the even. The first hour is usually the busiest and cameras are welcome.
About Santa Barbara Rescue Mission
This 501(c)(3) organization has served the county and city of Santa Barbara for 47 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 2011, the Mission provided 164,615 meals and 61,576 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.