Hillside Today & Tomorrow: A Fall Garden Party

By Giving List Staff   |   September 12, 2022

Hillside looks forward to seeing you and your guests at Hillside Today & Tomorrow: A Fall Garden Party on Sunday afternoon, September 25, 3:00-5:00 pm. The get-together will take place at Alpha Resource Center, 4501 Cathedral Oaks Road, Santa Barbara, in the beautiful Serenity Garden. Proceeds benefit the individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who reside at Hillside on Veronica Springs Road in Santa Barbara.

 “This event is more “friend-raiser” than fundraiser. Too many people are unaware what a wonderful place Hillside is and the difference it makes in residents’ lives,” says Norris Goss, longtime Hillside Board member, who serves on the Events Subcommittee. She has spent over 20 years letting family, friends, and neighbors know the importance of this residential community. Towards that end, Goss is inviting friends to join her at the Hillside Fall Garden Party featuring Pricey Diggs, a traveling duo made up of Mark McMillen (Pricey) and Annie Boreson (Tipsy) performing an eclectic mix of songs and styles. Via Maestra 42, voted #1 Italian restaurant by Santa Barbara locals, is catering. Goss’s husband, Barry will pour the beer, wine, and soft drinks. There will be a silent auction with gift baskets and paintings by local artists. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to visit various booths and hear from Hillside staff members updating them on residents’ care, programs, and activities as well as Hillside’s plans for the future and how guests can become involved with the nonprofit. Hillside’s major sponsor, Assistance League® of Santa Barbara, will have a booth where ALSB members will share the many ways they support residents like Bruce in the photo above on the left.

 “Our thanks to our in-kind donors and sponsors to date: Best Western Plus Santa Barbara; Blenders; CenCal Health; Condor Express; Norris Goss; David and Judy Jones; La Bella Rosa Bakery; Live Oak Café; Mission Linen Supply; Robert and Margaret Niehaus; Patco Jewelers; Santa Barbara Botanic Garden; Gerald and Carol Smith; Trader Joe’s; and Nancy and Russ Werner and also to the artists: Benjamin Brode, Kris Buck (Flowers on the right), Jessika Cardinahl, Dorothy Churchill-Johnson, Kevin Gleason, Masha Keating (Reflection, one in a series of three on the left), Anthony Lobosco, and Kim Snyder for their generosity to Hillside and the residents. We are grateful Hillside is among the nonprofits they support,” shared Michael Rassler, President & CEO, Hillside.

There is still time to purchase tickets and sign up to sponsor the event. Please visit hillsidesb.org or contact Elizabeth Arendt, Office Manager, Hillside, at 805-687-0788 x110 or earendt@hillsidesb.org.

The Hillside Events Subcommittee would like to thank Emerson Hancock, Physical Education Aide, Hillside, and the residents, who collaborated with him, to produce the artwork used in the invitation flyer.

For information about supporting Hillside and the residents, please visit hillsidesb.org or contact Michael Padden-Rubin, Director of Development, Hillside, at 805-687-0788 x115 or mpaddenrubin@hillsidesb.org.



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Our mission is to provide a home that supports our residents’ efforts to maximize their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional abilities so that they can attain their highest level of independence in an environment where people are treated with dignity and respect.

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Caring for our son JP was extremely hard on our whole family. My marriage was suffering, and I didn’t really have a relationship with our daughter. It was all so overwhelming and difficult. JP’s needs were too much for us to handle. Hillside has enabled us to be a family again. JP is happy, all his needs are being taken care of, and he is learning so much. I have a healthy marriage now, and a great relationship with our daughter. We are so grateful for the wonderful care and love Hillside provides our son.
Lisa Wilcox, Mother of JP (Hillside Resident) and Hillside Board Member

Equity and Inclusion for Hillside Residents

Hillside residents live far below the poverty level. Government reimbursements cover the bare minimum: room, board, and essential medical care. In order to help residents reach their goals, Hillside must raise in excess of $800,000 a year to fund a variety of critically important services, programs, and activities including:

• One-on-One Aides – most residents require individual care for walking or wheelchair use, dressing, eating, bathing, and toiletry;

• Speech Therapy – crucial to help residents express themselves so they can let their wants and needs be known;

• Physical Education – adaptive sports and movement increase mobility and bring residents a sense of accomplishment;

• Behavioral Therapy – decreases maladaptive behavior and teaches residents techniques to help cope with their challenges; 

• Physical Therapy – maximizes residents range of motion, reduces pain, and prevents locking of joints;

• Aquatic Therapy – helps residents gain more muscle control, increase their self-confidence, and improve physical function;

• Skills Development – to achieve greater independence such as cooking, money recognition, and using assistive technologies.

Key Supporters

Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Assistance League of Santa Barbara
Henry W. Bull Foundation
Chumash Foundation
City of SB Human Services
Demboski & Chapman Financial
Brad and Cynthia Frohling
Norris and Barry Goss
Hutton Parker Foundation
IOA Insurance Services, Inc.
Jim and Chana Jackson
Latkin Charitable Foundation
Donald Logan
June G. Outhwaite Foundation
Joan Redmond & Susan Crossley
Robert Ross
Santa Barbara Foundation
Gary Simpson/SB Home
St. Francis Foundation
Thomson Charitable Foundation
Towbes Foundation
Peter and Gina Troesch
Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation
Williams-Corbett Foundation
Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara