Hillside House, the non-profit residential facility for people with developmental disabilities, is currently having a shoe drive until October 31. Hillside House will earn money based on the quantity of pairs collected, which will be used to fund the daily operations of the facility.
Hillside House is “seeking boots, wing tips, running shoes, sandals, and even high heels,” according to a press release. The shoes can be gently worn, used, or new.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Nicole Ramirez, the center’s director of development. “Most people have extra shoes in their closets, so we’re asking them to take a look, tell their friends and family to do the same, and donate those spares to us. It will help those in need to become self-sufficient, both here at Hillside House and abroad. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Although the funds earned from the shoe-drive will go toward daily operation costs, Hillside House is always looking for more donations, as the organization has goals to update their facility.
Angela Biancone, an executive assistant at Hillside House, said that a plan to redevelop the facility and build a new residential complex has been in play for 13 years. Hillside House is working to implement their community plan, which will create affordable housing for families that will be integrated with the housing for Hillside House residents.
“Hillside House desperately needs to create new housing for our residents,” states the plan. “Our existing institutional facility is outdated and deteriorating.”
Shoe donations can be dropped off at several locations including:
1235 Veronica Springs Road in Santa Barbara
Superior Fitness Training and Wellness Center
1331 San Andras Street on Santa Barbara’s Westside
Lazy Acres Market, Inc
302 Meigs Road off Cliff Drive