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Steve Jacobsen Joins La Casa de Maria as Co-Director

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082714-LaCasa-630Stephanie Glatt and Steve Jacobsen will serve as co-directors of La Casa de Maria. (La Casa de Maria photo)

 

By Flannery Hill for La Casa de Maria | Published on 08.27.2014 2:18 p.m.

La Casa de Maria announces the selection of Steve Jacobsen, Ed.D., to fill a new position of co-director.

Jacobsen will join Stephanie Glatt, IHM, to lead the retreat and conference center, with Glatt focusing on internal operations and continued facility renewal and Jacobsen focusing on program development, community relations, and fundraising.

“Everyone is thrilled to have Steve step into this new leadership role,” said Glatt, who has been at La Casa for 37 years. “With his 20 year service as a member of our board and his background in nonprofit leadership, spirituality, interfaith activities, education, and community service, Steve brings a unique set of skills and relationships to La Casa de Maria and its unique potential to have a powerful impact on our society.”

Prior to this position, Jacobsen was executive director of Hospice of Santa Barbara for 5½ years and a Presbyterian pastor for 27. He holds degrees from UCSB, Princeton Theological Seminary and Seattle University, and was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB in 2000.

Glatt, a member of the Immaculate Heart Community, has served as director of La Casa since 2005.

“La Casa has an extraordinary history of being a place where many diverse individuals and organizations find healing, hope, inspiration, and wisdom,” Jacobsen said. “This is a dream come true for me to help La Casa write its next chapter as we seek new opportunities and partnerships to make a difference in the world.”

The nonprofit organization has just concluded two successful capital campaigns: paying off its mortgage and funding the update of its facilities.

“With major improvements now completed to our facilities and infrastructure, we now look to expand our influence in the local community and beyond and Steve’s critical role in this new chapter,” Glatt said. “I look forward to working with Steve, our staff and board to preserve La Casa’s legacy and explore these new and exciting directions.”

Founded in 1956, La Casa de Maria and its Center for Spiritual Renewal are situated on 26 acres in Montecito. It hosts approximately 12,000 people a year who come either as individuals or as part of educational, nonprofit and spiritual groups for learning, reflection and renewal. La Casa de Maria was recently featured  in The New York Times and in 2006, was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top retreat centers in America.

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing La Casa de Maria.

Father/Daughter Pair Learn Valuable Lessons Outside Classroom

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Family spends Friday afternoons serving the hungry at Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

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8-year-old Chooses to Make A Difference This Summer

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While many students took the summer break to vacation and enjoy the time off from studying, one local girl spent time learning about more than she ever could in a textbook through volunteer work.

Meet Brooklyn Ayala, a third grader at Roosevelt School.

When it comes to summer vacation, there are two things this 8-year-old said she loves doing.

“I like to play with my friends. [Go to the] Park,” she said.

But this summer was different for Brooklyn as she found a new favorite place to be Friday afternoons:  The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

“I went to Picnic in the Park,” Brooklyn said.  “And I served food to kids.”

Picnic in the Park is the food bank’s 10-week program providing nutritious free meals to needy children.

“Hunger exists in our county,” said Misha Karbelnig of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.  “It’s a really surprising amount of people that need food bank assistance.  It’s 1 in 4 all throughout our county that need help.”

That’s why Brooklyn’s father, Daniel, chose volunteering as a weekly part of their summer

“I wanted to teach my daughter virtues of charity, service and kindness,” Ayala said.

Ayala said it’s an important lesson that goes beyond the classroom doors, and one he hopes all parents will teach their kids.

“I think she’s gaining a greater appreciation for people in need,” Ayala said.  “And how she can be an instrument in helping those who are in need.”

Brooklyn said she will head back to school this fall with a whole different take on life.

“I want to help people and  the world can be a better place,” she said.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is looking for volunteers for programs this fall.  If you’re interested, you can find more information on its website.

 

United Way’s Red Feather Ball to Honor Jean Schuyler, Santa Barbara County

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The public is invited to attend United Way of Santa Barbara County’s 18th annualRed Feather Ball taking place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Four Seasons Biltmore Coral Casino in Santa Barbara.

082114-Schuyler-225Jean Schuyler

This much-anticipated gala attracts some of the most respected and admired leaders in our community, philanthropists and those seeking to improve their community.

The ball will raise funds to support UWSBC’s programs and to honor Jean Schuyler and Santa Barbara County for their outstanding service and philanthropy. This year’s ball will bring the special event expertise of renowned event planner Merryl Brown.

“This year, United Way of Santa Barbara County honor Jean Schuyler and the County of Santa Barbara, both outstanding recipients of United Way’s Abercrombie Community Excellence Award,” said Paul Didier, president and CEO of UWSBC. “For decades, both honorees have demonstrated their extraordinary commitment to philanthropy, creating truly outstanding benefits for our community.”

Proceeds from the Red Feather Ball support UWSBC’s national award-winning Fun in the Sun and United for Literacy programs, which make it possible for more than 5,000 disadvantaged children and families in Santa Barbara County access to benefit from life-changing educational programs.

Guests are encouraged to wear red to recognize United Way’s traditional symbol of giving.

Tickets are $325 per person. Sponsorships are available at $1,200 to $50,000 or more. Click here for tickets and more information.

Meet the Honorees

Jean Schuyler

Schuyler fully exemplifies what the Abercrombie Community Excellence Award is all about: honoring extraordinary individuals and organizations that have changed Santa Barbara with their outstanding vision, commitment, leadership and support for organizations and institutions that enrich the quality of life for all in our community.

For 40 years, she has been a founder, major supporter and guiding hand in creating and sustaining organizations to preserve our fragile environment and improve the education, health, safety and quality of life for Santa Barbara’s most vulnerable women, children and families.

Schuyler and her late husband, Barry, devoted their extraordinary intelligence and quiet activism to the development of the Douglas Preserve, Maritime Museum and Ellwood Mesa, now among the special treasures of our community. Their commitment to excellence in secondary and higher education included Midland and Laguna Blanca schools, Santa Barbara City College and UC Santa Barbara, where they endowed a chair in Environmental Studies. Schuyler is an elected Trustee of the UCSB Foundation.

A lifetime advocate on behalf of women, she has been honored for her work with Planned Parenthood and Domestic Violence Solutions. She has served on numerous boards of trustees, including United Way of Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County has consistently been one of the top contributors of volunteer hours and financial support to United Way of Santa Barbara County. In fact, the county has run the largest campaign for the past 10 years. Over the past three decades, employees have raised $3.7 million for hundreds of local nonprofit organizations, including United Way of Santa Barbara County.

The county’s generosity extends well beyond their charitable giving campaign, as employees can frequently be found giving their time and energy back to our community. Not only are employees committed to programmatic partnerships, such as helping to sign up children from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, but they routinely have some of the largest groups of volunteers at Fun in the Sun, United Way’s award winning educational program.

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing United Way of Santa Barbara County.

 

Father/Daughter Pair Learn Valuable Lessons Outside Classroom

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Daniel Ayala (right) and his daughter Brooklyn (left) spend Friday afternoons this summer volunteering at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

While many students took the summer break to vacation and enjoy the time off from studying, one local girl spent time learning about more than she ever could in a textbook through volunteer work.

Meet Brooklyn Ayala, a third grader at Roosevelt School.

When it comes to summer vacation, there are two things this 8-year-old said she loves doing.

“I like to play with my friends. [Go to the] Park,” she said.

But this summer was different for Brooklyn as she found a new favorite place to be Friday afternoons:  The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

“I went to Picnic in the Park,” Brooklyn said.  “And I served food to kids.”

Picnic in the Park is the food bank’s 10-week program providing nutritious free meals to needy children.

“Hunger exists in our county,” said Misha Karbelnig of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.  “It’s a really surprising amount of people that need food bank assistance.  It’s 1 in 4 all throughout our county that need help.”

That’s why Brooklyn’s father, Daniel, chose volunteering as a weekly part of their summer

“I wanted to teach my daughter virtues of charity, service and kindness,” Ayala said.

Ayala said it’s an important lesson that goes beyond the classroom doors, and one he hopes all parents will teach their kids.

“I think she’s gaining a greater appreciation for people in need,” Ayala said.  “And how she can be an instrument in helping those who are in need.”

Brooklyn said she will head back to school this fall with a whole different take on life.

“I want to help people and  the world can be a better place,” she said.

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is looking for volunteers for programs this fall.  If you’re interested, you can find more information on its website.