Four Montecito Churches Donate Backpacks, School Supplies to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Students

Four Montecito Churches Donate Backpacks, School Supplies to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Students

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POSTED ON 08.13.2015 2:21 P.M.

Four Montecito Churches Donate Backpacks, School Supplies to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Students


With the new school year fast approaching, members of four Montecito (M4) churches recently came together to assemble 300 backpacks and school supplies that they collectively donated for low-income youth living inPeoples’ Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) affordable housing complexes at Dahlia Court I/II, Chapel Court and St. Vincent Gardens.

Montecito Covenant Church, El Montecito Presbyterian Church, All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church collected the funds and purchased the backpacks along with thousands of crucial school items, such as pencils, sharpeners, pens, glue sticks, highlighters, notebooks, geometry compasses, rulers and erasers.

In addition to stuffing the backpacks with the supplies, members of the four congregations wrote each student a heartening message.

“It’s been inspiring to watch these four congregations come together during the past six years to outfit these students with nearly everything they need to take on the school year,” said John Fowler, PSHH president and CEO. “These gifts are helping in the creation of an educational base that will be vital as these students advance and move onto their careers. We can’t thank everyone enough for pitching in!”

The backpacks with supplies will be distributed to the students before classes begin in the fall.

The backpacks will be going to students enrolled in PSHH’s after schoolYouth Education Enhancement Program, which helps children with student literacy, English and math skills. The program operates at 10 PSHH housing sites, with 14 after-school educators who help 344 students each day during the school year. The program continued operating over the summer months, reaching over 300 students.

About Peoples’ Self-Help Housing

Founded in 1970, PSHH is an award winning non-profit organization that develops affordable housing and community facilities for low-income households and homeownership opportunities for working families and special needs populations, such as seniors, veterans, the disabled and the formerly homeless.

With nearly 1,200 self-help homes completed and over 1,500 rental units developed, PSHH is the largest affordable housing developer on the Central Coast, with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, visit, email [email protected] or phone 805.781.3088.

—Angel Pacheco is a publicist representing the M4 community andPeoples’ Self-Help Housing.


Rona Barrett Foundation: David Crosby earns a new star

Rona Barrett Foundation: David Crosby earns a new star


                            David and Jan Crosby are the first Golden Star contributors to Golden Inn & Village.

August 13, 2015 12:10 pm  •  Mary Ann Norbom [email protected]


David Crosby is the first celebrity to become a “Golden Star” as part of the Rona Barrett Foundation’s new Golden Stars campaign for the Golden Inn & Village (GIV).

The Santa Ynez Valley resident — a founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, plus a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee — and his wife Jan, have chosen to honor the memory of her mother as the first Golden Star. They will have a permanent plaque naming one of the 60 affordable senior apartments at the GIV.

After spending three decades as a pioneering entertainment journalist interviewing Hollywood’s top celebrities, Barrett is now reaching out to the stars in a new way — to become Golden Stars and support the GIV.

“Having David and Jan on board is a very nice start to this campaign,” said Barrett. “It’s wonderful of them. I’ve known them both for a very long time, well before we all became neighbors here in the Valley.”

With the Valley becoming a magnet for celebrities, especially for those in the music industry, Barrett is hoping Crosby’s involvement with GIV will inspire others to also donate.

The GIV is now under construction in Santa Ynez. It will be the Valley’s first affordable residential senior housing facility. The goal of the Golden Stars campaign is to have each of the 60 affordable senior living apartments within the GIV sponsored by a Golden Star within the entertainment industry, which will then be named in their honor.

“I am thrilled that David and Jan have chosen to participate in my Golden Stars campaign and help our vulnerable seniors access housing that allows them to age in place,” said Barrett. “The campaign provides an exciting opportunity for people to really become involved in the future of the Golden Inn & Village.”

For more information about the Rona Barrett Foundation and GIV, visit




Ventura Family Y Will Hold Info Sessions for Upcoming Childcare Programs

Ventura Family Y Will Hold Info Sessions for Upcoming Childcare Programs


POSTED ON 08.12.2015 12:04 P.M.

Ventura Family Y Will Hold Info Sessions for Upcoming Childcare Programs



For children in grades K-5 and middle school, the Ventura Family YMCA offers before- and after-school care programs that help nurture our youth into positive, healthy, responsible and educated individuals.

Learn more by joining the Y for an open house on Monday, Aug. 17 from 5 to 7 your child’s school site.

K-5 programs are located at Elmhurst, Loma Vista and Poinsettia Elementary Schools, while the middle school program is located at the Ventura Y. During the same evening, the Y’ site supervisors will give away backpacks to children and families that have been identified as needing support.

These giveaways are made possible by a donation through United Way of Ventura County, who provided 45 backpacks with school supplies. Its Stuff the Bus campaign has enabled non-profits throughout Ventura County to help over 1,000 children. This amazing collaboration shows the significance and importance of collaborations that help strengthen our community.

During the open house, parents will learn about the Y’s homework club, HEPA (Healthy Eating Physical Activity) initiative, sports enrichment, class dojo (parent communication portal), program offerings and pricing.

Each program offers something specific to cater to the needs of the children and their parents. A regular daily schedule at a YMCA daycare program would begin with attendance and healthy snacks, then homework and quiet time, group activities, fitness and nutrition, then free play and choice time.

As the children spend their time at any of the YMCA childcare programs, the four core values of honesty, respect, responsibility and care will be instilled in them through the help of the trained Y staff, as well as with daily activities.

Along with discovering the value behind character, the children will also learn the importance of healthy living. Because of the HEPA standards that the Y follows, kids involved in any of the Y’s school programs will gain an understanding of what it looks like to eat healthy foods and to exercise on a regular basis.

The child care sites are filling up fast so make sure to register.

For more information about the YMCA before- and after-school programs, please contact Amy Bailey Jurewicz, the Ventura Family YMCA’s executive director at [email protected] or call 805.642.2131 x24.

You may also go to the following link for a copy of the Parent Handbook and Registration at, or simply drop stop by the Y at 3760 Telegraph Rd. Ventura, CA 93003.

The open house locations include the following: Elmhurst Elementary School, 6080 Elmhurst St. Ventura, CA 93003; Loma Vista Elementary School, 300 Lynn Dr. Ventura, CA 93001; Poinsettia Elementary School, 350 N. Victoria Ave. Ventura, CA 93003 and After the Bell (middle school program at the Ventura Y), 3760 Telegraph Rd. Ventura, CA 93003.


About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

The Ventura Family YMCA serves over 20,000 individuals annually through facility memberships, before- and after-school childcare, day and resident camps, youth sports, swim lessons, teen programs and many more healthy lifestyles and community enriching programs which nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Through its Open Doors program, the Y ensures that no one is ever turned away due to their inability to pay, and facility memberships without contracts or join fees makes the Y accessible to all.

The Ventura Family YMCA is located at 3760 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003.


—Alicia Cattoni represents Ventura Family YMCA.



Peoples’ Self-Help Housing: $18M Goleta Affordable Housing Rehabilitation Project Groundbreaking

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing: $18M Goleta Affordable Housing Rehabilitation Project Groundbreaking

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August 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

| Free

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing is inviting the community to the groundbreaking for the $18 million renovation project at the Villa la Esperanza Apartments. The project budget allocates $12 million for rehabilitation work and $6 million for new construction, design and engineering costs, and other fees.

The property currently consists of 75 units, including eight five-bedroom units that were underutilized and don’t meet current needs. As part of the major rehabilitation project, PSHH will convert seven of the five-bedroom units to smaller apartments, increasing the total number of units to 83. PSHH will convert seven of the five-bedroom units to smaller apartments, increasing the total number of units to 83. A new 5,000 square foot, two-story community building will also be constructed.

Speakers will describe the 40-year history of the project and will recognize the various churches and nonprofit organizations involved, as well the financing partners. Tours of the property and a light lunch by The Fig Grill of Goleta will be provided after the program. Attendees, please park on the street and carpool if possible.

RSVPs are appreciated by Aug. 14 by calling Monica Scholl at (805) 699-7220 or email [email protected].


Nonprofits Team Up to Provide Bereavement Services

Nonprofits Team Up to Provide Bereavement Services


Nonprofits Team Up to Provide Bereavement Services


Santa Barbara, CA, Aug. 6, 2015 — Hospice of Santa Barbara (HSB) and Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation (TBCF) are teaming up to bring bereavement services to families who have experienced the loss of a child from cancer, the two nonprofits announced today. By partnering together, these two organizations will be providing a seamless support system to those families impacted by childhood cancer.

A volunteer hospice organization, HSB provides for the physical, social, emotional and spiritual suffering of those impacted by serious illness or grieving the death of a loved one. Through the new partnership, TBCF will be referring families to HSB for individual and group counseling following the death of a child.

“Losing a child may seem like an unimaginable loss for many, but there are families living through this nightmare each day,” HSBCEO David Selberg said. “We’ve admired the work Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation has done to support children with cancer as well as their families, and we’re proud to join their efforts by providing their families with guidance and support to cope with these tragic circumstances.”

Founded in 2002, TBCF works to provide support to families of children diagnosed with cancer in the Tri-Counties. TBCF is able to provide families with financial assistance for critical needs, such as help paying rent, as well as emotional support with programs such as family support groups.

“We are pleased to move into a new partnership with Hospice of Santa Barbara to expand our support to families affected by childhood cancer,” said Lindsey Leonard, TBCF Executive Director. “Through this partnership, we are confident that we will be will be able to reach more families and provide the much-needed emotional support when facing the loss of a child.”

About Hospice of Santa Barbara
Hospice of Santa Barbara is a nonprofit organization that “volunteers” its free professional counseling and care management services to children and adults who are experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness, or grieving the death of a loved one. Hospice of Santa Barbara is also present on area school campuses to work with children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit Find Hospice of Santa Barbara on Facebook and Twitter.
About Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization providing financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties. Services are providing to families that have a child diagnosed with cancer up to age 18 and continue until they reach 21 years of age. In 2014, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation provided services to 649 individuals. For more information, or to make a donation, visit or call (805) 962-7466.


Angel Pacheco/Chris Davis 805-687-3322


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