Family Service Agency’s ‘Whole-Person’ Approach Provides Life-Sustaining Help

Family Service Agency’s (FSA) work is the very stuff that powers a vibrant community from within and makes it whole. “Family support means helping meet a family’s basic needs,” says Chief Executive Officer Lisa Brabo. “Food, clothing, health insurance, wellness, housing, employment – all the basic things that people need. FSA also offers behavioral health services, with a focus on mental wellness – and that’s counseling, mental health education, and prevention like social activities that [...more...]

Keeping People and Their Pets Together

Santa Barbara Humane, founded in 1887, was one of the first animal welfare agencies in the country, opening nearly seven decades before the national organization began.  Even though Santa Barbara Humane has been around for [...more...]

 

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Youth Development

Both a Therapeutic Preschool and a Safe, Loving Haven Storyteller Children’s Center

A child is a sponge, soaking up experiences and building a worldview. These foundational beginnings are formative. These beginnings can […more…]

AHA!’s Teens Are Fulfilled Adults-in-Waiting Attitude, Harmony, Achievement

A teenager is much more than a preincarnate adult. The average teen’s roiling hormones and fraught search for self are […more…]

Supporting High-Achieving, Low-Income Students the Santa Barbara Way Mission Scholars

Imagine a kid. He’s your son, and he has big plans. He wants to attend college and launch a startup. […more…]

The Arts

Santa Barbara Symphony  Santa Barbara Symphony

For the Santa Barbara Symphony, the 2023-24 season expresses a number of the outreach efforts in its mission: to enrich […more…]

2023-2024, Another Adventurous, Must-See Season for UCSB Arts & Lectures UCSB Arts & Lectures

There are any number of terrific organizations that create, produce, present, or import arts and entertainment events in Santa Barbara. […more…]

Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara Museum of Art

It might seem disingenuous to employ the expression “a blessing in disguise” when it comes to Covid. But the truth […more…]

Social Justice

Creating Lasting,Progressive Change for All Fund for Santa Barbara

The Fund for Santa Barbara’s powerful catchphrase is: “Change, not charity.” In the spring of 1980, a group of Santa […more…]

Inspiring a More Dignified and Humane World Holocaust Museum LA

On a recent morning at Holocaust Museum LA (HMLA), Betsy, a docent, was leading a tour group of 20 LA […more…]

Representation for the Most Vulnerable Legal Aid Foundation

Blind Lady Justice’s proffered balance scales make an eternal and sacrosanct point: Everyone is equal before the law and will […more…]

Homelessness & Housing

Ending Veteran Homelessness New Beginnings

New Beginnings has an ambitious and lofty goal for 2025: ending veteran homelessness in Santa Barbara County. It’s not a […more…]

Housing Is a Human Right PATH

In 2015, Casa Esperanza joined forces with PATH, a statewide nonprofit that for 40 years has provided services to more […more…]

New Beginnings New Beginnings

New Beginnings’ Safe Parking program turned 20 earlier this year, a milestone you need to celebrate. On the other hand, […more…]

Global Reach

Putting Santa Barbara on the Global Map of Diabetes Research Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Santa Barbara has earned global recognition as a premier destination for “sand, sun, and sea” vacations. Yet, one lesser-known facet […more…]

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Puts First Responder Boots – and Paws – on the Ground National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

In the wake of Maui’s tragic 2023 wildfires, relief organizations and the goodwill of the world at large poured into […more…]

Providing Much Needed Help. Anytime. Anywhere. To Anyone in Need. Direct Relief

In November 2022, a tornado tore through Idabel, Oklahoma, demolishing dozens of buildings, including the Kiamichi Family Medical Center. It’s […more…]

Giving Paws

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation Puts First Responder Boots – and Paws – on the Ground National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

In the wake of Maui’s tragic 2023 wildfires, relief organizations and the goodwill of the world at large poured into […more…]

Keeping People and Their Pets Together Santa Barbara Humane

Santa Barbara Humane, founded in 1887, was one of the first animal welfare agencies in the country, opening nearly seven […more…]

Foster Care

Wayfinder Family Services Wayfinder Family Services

When Gina was preparing to adopt a baby girl, she experienced a rush of thrilling emotions that comes with going […more…]

Making Summer Camp Accessible to Children and Youth with Disabilities Making Summer Camp Accessible to Children and Youth with Disabilities

“With Wayfinder, we don’t feel like my son has a disability. We feel like everyone else.” This is the gift […more…]

For the Children

Catholic Charities Catholic Charities

As centennial celebrations go, the commemoration may not be as center-of-attention as that of the Granada Theatre or Old Spanish […more…]

“Play is Not a Luxury” Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

Victoria and Bill Strong brought their baby home with that mix of gratitude and indescribable joy – the heart-squeezing hallmarks […more…]

Family Service Agency’s ‘Whole-Person’ Approach Provides Life-Sustaining Help Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency’s (FSA) work is the very stuff that powers a vibrant community from within and makes it whole. […more…]

Family Well-Being

Brady United Against Gun Violence Brady | United Against Gun Violence

Brady United Against Gun Violence, aka the Brady Center, marks its 50th anniversary since its founding. But the organization that […more…]

CADA and the Community: A Life-Changing Partnership Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse CADA

“I think our youngest client this year was 10 years old. Sadly, the age has been skewing lower. Three or […more…]

Courtney Cazenave Joins Family Service Agency Board of Directors Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County, also known as Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center and Guadalupe’s […more…]

Environment

Cultivating Environmental Stewardship Through Hands-On Learning Explore Ecology

Explore Ecology inspires students and adults alike to become better environmental stewards through three programs that reach over 40,000 community […more…]

Taking Bold Climate Action Together Community Environmental Council

Over the last couple of years, the Community Environmental Council (CEC) has dramatically increased its efforts to combat climate change […more…]

CEC Earth Day Community Environmental Council

One of Santa Barbara’s longest-running community-organized festivals, our Earth Day celebration is also one of the oldest in the country, […more…]

Education

California Missions Foundation California Missions Foundation

Most locals are probably aware of the best Santa Barbara place to visit every Memorial Day weekend for a glimpse […more…]

Inspiring a More Dignified and Humane World Holocaust Museum LA

On a recent morning at Holocaust Museum LA (HMLA), Betsy, a docent, was leading a tour group of 20 LA […more…]

NatureTrack’s Scholarship Application Deadline March 15: North County Students Who Plan to Study Nature Urged to Apply NatureTrack

Nancy Stearns Scholarship Recipient’s Tell Their Stories Nancy Stearns was an inspiring docent and dear friend of NatureTrack’s founder Sue Eisaguirre for […more…]

Community Treasures

Gwendolyn Strong Foundation Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

You’d be hard-pressed to find a local nonprofit that brought its outsized quest to fruition more speedily than did the […more…]

“Play is Not a Luxury” Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

Victoria and Bill Strong brought their baby home with that mix of gratitude and indescribable joy – the heart-squeezing hallmarks […more…]

Garden of Earthly Delights Ganna Walska Lotusland

One of the most iconic public gardens in the world, Lotusland is a 37-acre wonderland of more than 20 distinct […more…]

Community Resilience

Your Neighborhood Eyes and Ears When Disaster Strikes M.E.R.R.A.G.

When a calamity befalls us, we are reassured that our First Responder protectors are on the job and doing their […more…]

CEC Earth Day Community Environmental Council

One of Santa Barbara’s longest-running community-organized festivals, our Earth Day celebration is also one of the oldest in the country, […more…]

Creating Lasting,Progressive Change for All Fund for Santa Barbara

The Fund for Santa Barbara’s powerful catchphrase is: “Change, not charity.” In the spring of 1980, a group of Santa […more…]

Advocacy

Legal Aid Assists Struggling Homeowners with Foreclosure Prevention and Mortgage Relief  Legal Aid Foundation

Across the county, financial hardships have either been created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. For homeowners who experienced reductions […more…]

Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County Legal Aid Foundation

Anyone who has ever watched a police drama on television in the last 50 years is familiar with the fact […more…]

Putting Santa Barbara on the Global Map of Diabetes Research Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Santa Barbara has earned global recognition as a premier destination for “sand, sun, and sea” vacations. Yet, one lesser-known facet […more…]