Elected Officials Receive Haiti Situation Briefing, Recognize Direct Relief’s Haiti Response Efforts
Lois Capps, County Supervisors, City Mayors and Council Members
tour Direct Relief Monday morning
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—On Monday, February 1st, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Direct Relief
International will update local elected officials on its medical response to the Haiti earthquake at
its headquarters in Goleta. Congresswoman Lois Capps, County Supervisor Doreen Farr, Goleta
Mayor Eric Onnen, Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, and other available county supervisors and
city council members will tour Direct Relief, and Mayors Onnen and Schneider will present the
organization with certificates of recognition.
WHO: Congresswoman Lois Capps, County Supervisor Doreen Farr, Goleta Mayor Eric Onnen,
Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, County Supervisors and Goleta and Santa
Barbara City Council Members; Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief President & CEO; Direct
Relief Haiti program staff
WHAT: Haiti response briefing to elected officials; warehouse tour; recognitions presented to
WHEN: Monday, February 1st – 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Direct Relief International, 27 S. La Patera Ln., Goleta, CA 93117
CONTACT: Juliana Minsky, 805-689-6618; Jim Prosser, 805.617.0192
On Friday, January 29, more than 16 tons of medical material aid departed Direct Relief’s warehouse for
Haiti, via donated airlift by FedEx. Prior to this shipment, Direct Relief had shipped more than $6 million in
medical aid to its partners on the ground caring for the many injured. Direct Relief emergency response
staff have returned to Haiti to continue on the ground support following their initial 10-days in Port-au-
Prince coordinating Direct Relief’s aid shipments and other relief group efforts.
Direct Relief has been working with partners in Haiti on ongoing medical programs for the country’s most
vulnerable since 1964.
The group will also share information about how people can direct material donations, which are not yet
appropriate for Haiti response, to help vulnerable people in our own community.
About Direct Relief International
Founded in 1948, Direct Relief is a Santa Barbara, California-based nonprofit organization focused on
improving quality of life by bringing critically needed medicines and supplies to local healthcare providers
worldwide. Direct Relief has provided more than $1 billion in privately funded humanitarian aid since
2000, including more than $150 million in assistance in the United States. It has earned a fundraising
efficiency score of 99 percent or better from Forbes for the past eight years, and is ranked by the
Chronicle of Philanthropy as California’s largest international nonprofit organization based on private
support. For more information, please visit www.DirectRelief.org.