New Beginnings – Program Provides Assistance to Veteran Families in Danger of Losing Housing

New Beginnings – Program Provides Assistance to Veteran Families in Danger of Losing Housing

Submitted by bill on Sun, 04/27/2014 In Santa BarbaraCA, New Beginnings Counseling Center’sSupportive Services for Veteran Families program is designed to help end homelessness among the Veteran population in Santa Barbara County. This housing first model aims to provide housing stability by providing cash assistance to those in danger of losing their housing and to rapidly transition into stable housing those who are homeless and scheduled to become residents of permanent housing within 90 days. Veterans who qualify for this program must have served in active military, naval, air service, Merchant Marines, or were activated by Presidential order and served in another state or country while in the National Guard or Reserves; received an other than dishonorable discharge, and have a gross household income at or below 30% of area median income for household size. For more information please contact the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program at (805) 963-7777 ext. 107, or [email protected] New Beginnings Counseling Center is a non-profit 501c3 that provides personal counseling and community outreach programs for those who need help and support. Their dedicated, experienced interns and outreach staff meet with people on a confidential basis. They work with people of all ages who are going through life’s transitions, relationship struggles and personal challenges helping them find direction and hope for themselves and their families. New Beginnings low-cost, sliding-scale counseling clinic offers individual, couples, family, and group counseling services. Appointments are available by calling the Center directly at (805) 963-7777. Under the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program (SSVF), VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or...
5K WALK FOR MENTAL WELLNESS KICKS OFF

5K WALK FOR MENTAL WELLNESS KICKS OFF

POSTED ON APR 27 BY SEASONS MAGAZINE Pictured left to right: Thea Vandervoort, Mental Wellness Center Development Associate; Annmarie Cameron, Mental Wellness Center CEO; George Kaufmann, Mental Wellness Center Supporter; Inge Gatz, Mental Wellness Center Supporter; Joe Cooper, Mental Wellness Center Board Chair; and Heather Ayer, Mental Wellness Center Supporter. Start your spring training out on the right food when  you join Santa Barbara Mental Wellness Center and Active Minds at UCSB for the Third Annual 5K Walk for Mental Wellness on May 17 at East Beach Bathhouse. The walk supports adults and families affected by mental illness. Members of Santa Barbara’s MWC recently celebrated a kickoff event at Arch Rock Fish. The MentalWellnessCenter is a private, nonprofit organization providing recovery, education and family services to adults and families affected by mental illness. Active Minds is dedicated to reducing the stigma attached to mental health disorders. East Beach Bathhouse is located at 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd. For more information, visit www.mentalwellnesscenter.org or call 805/884-8440. –Breanne Lewis   Read the full story...
Earth Day Festivities in Santa Barbara

Earth Day Festivities in Santa Barbara

POSTED: 05:00 PM PDT Apr 26, 2014 UPDATED: 09:34 PM PDT Apr 26, 2014 People from around the area converged on Alice Keck Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon to celebrate Earth Day...
Local Bites, Bikes Abound at Santa Barbara’s 44th Earth Day Festival

Local Bites, Bikes Abound at Santa Barbara’s 44th Earth Day Festival

Annual two-day Community Environmental Council-sponsored event continues Sunday at AlamedaPark not-yet-released electric BMW i3 was a popular attraction at the Santa Barbara Earth Day celebration’s green car show at AlamedaPark. (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo) By Gina Potthoff, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @ginapotthoff | Published on 04.26.2014 2:21 p.m. The number of orange stickers placed on a plastic-covered map of Santa Barbara steadily grew Saturday afternoon, as local bicyclists used dry-erase markers to map their routes — along with all-too prevalent problem areas. “The Mission (Street) is not good,” an avid cyclist said, providing input for an interactive effort in its first year at the annual Earth Day Festival in Alameda Park. The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition was collecting the information for bike master plans to be adopted by SouthCoast cities in coming months and years. Attendees then filled out postcards identifying issues and addressed them to appropriate municipal or Santa BarbaraCounty officials. The coalition also offered free valet bike parking, as well as bike tune-ups — services that will continue Sunday at the two-day event. A strengthening of the partnership between the bike coalition and theCommunity Environmental Council, which has organized the Santa Barbara Earth Day festival for more than 40 years, was a key component of this year’s event, said Sigrid Wright, festival director with the CEC. Hundreds of handpicked food and other vendor booths protected themselves against Saturday’s wind, many thankful that Friday night’s rain didn’t stick around. Wright was among the grateful, since this year’s festivities included a new pop-up farm-to-table dinner. Under the theme “Local Roots,” she said the dinner — with a sold-out guest list of 130 — would commence once...

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