PathPoint, a California-based nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive services and programs for people with disabilities and disadvantages, held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new South Santa Barbara facility on 902 Laguna cor. Canon Perdido Sts., in downtown Santa Barbara on Thursday, October 3.

In partnership with Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce & the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, PathPoint formally opened its Santa Barbara facility at 5PM with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayors Helene Schneider (Santa Barbara), Roger S. Aceves (Goleta), and Second District Supervisor Janet Wolf.

Other attendees included City Council member Randy Rowse, PathPoint President and CEO Cindy Burton, and Santa Barbara’s business and community leaders.

“It is remarkable to celebrate our new building and program headquarters with our Santa Barbara community, business sponsors and partners, family and friends,” says PathPoint Vice President and Santa Barbara County Director Alana Walczak. “With an expanded and improved facility, we aim to provide more community programs and services, as well as opportunities for employment and housing for our community members with disabilities and disadvantages.”

As part of the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization’s First Thursday’s series, the event had live music performed by local soul/funk band Sidewalk Affair. It also highlights an art gallery, where guests can purchase PathPoint’s participants’ paintings, as well as succulent arrangements. The event kicks off the month-long celebration of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Food and beverages served during the event were sponsored by Relais de Paris, Arlington Tavern, Aldo’s Italian Ristorante, Killer Shrimp Santa Barbara, Brasil Arts Café, McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams, Valley Sweets, Vons, Albertsons, Trader Joe’s, Firestone Winery and Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, and Figueroa Mountain Brewery.

Major sponsors for the event included Skyeline Construction, Hayes Commercial Group, Tolman & Wiker, and Yardi Systems.

For more information, photos, video clips of the event or to set-up an interview with PathPoint VP & Director Alana Walczak, please contact Rajan De Los Santos of ChristieCommunications at (805) 969-3744 or email

About PathPoint

PathPoint has been supporting individuals with developmental disabilities in reaching their fullest potential in the communities of Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta since 1964. PathPoint’s central mission is to provide comprehensive training and support services that empower people with disabilities or disadvantages to live and work as valued members of our communities. PathPoint is recognized and accredited in the highest standing by CARF (Committee on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), named “Best Managed Non-Profit of the Year” by the San Fernando Valley Business Times in 2010, named Nonprofit of the Year by the Goleta Valley Chamber in 2011, and honored by Non-Profit Support Center for Leadership in Action with the Community Collaboration Award, among other esteemed non-profit designations. PathPoint collaborates with over 300 employment partners, corporate contributors, public funders for program services, and foundation and grant gifts to facilitate its services. For extended history and service information, visit


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