Getting to Know Hillside: Lunch-and-Learn Program Restarts on February 15

By Giving List Staff   |   February 17, 2023
JP, Jim & Lisa Wilcox

Getting to Know Hillside, the complimentary lunch-and-learn program, returns on Wednesday, February 15. It will continue each month at 12:00 noon on the third Wednesday at Hillside (behind the main building at Harmony House), 1235 Veronica Springs Road, Santa Barbara. Upcoming dates are March 15, April 19, May 17, and June 21. 

Morgan & GTKH Guests

During the one-hour program, guests will enjoy lunch; a video overview of the residential community; remarks from Michael S. Rassler, President & CEO; and an update on the Hillside Community Project with Q & A. As there will be a tour of the main building and grounds, attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes.

 Advance registration is required for this noontime program, which includes a complimentary lunch prepared by Martin Jimenez, Director of Dietary, aka Hillside’s Master Chef! To RSVP, please contact Elizabeth Arendt, Hillside’s Development Assistant, at or 805-687-0788 x110. Feel free to leave a voicemail.

Lisa Wilcox, whose son JP has called Hillside home for the last six  years, is hosting Getting to Know Hillside (GTKH)on February 15 and asking people to join her. “Since my friends are helping me organize a pickleball tournament on April 15 as a fundraiser for Hillside, I am inviting them to attend Getting to Know Hillside. I want them to see how JP is thriving thanks to Hillside staff, and because of that, my husband Jim and I have peace of mind,” says Wilcox, a Hillside Board Member.

For 78 years and counting, Hillside has served hundreds of individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dedicated staff members care for residents as they strive to maximize their abilities; reach for their goals and dreams; and achieve their highest level of independence.

Please save the date: Hillside 19th Annual Sunset Soirée By-the-Sea, set for Saturday, June 3, 2023, 5:00-8:30 pm, Cabrillo Pavilion, 1118 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara. Proceeds benefit Hillside and the residents.

For information, please visit or contact Elizabeth Arendt, Development Assistant for Hillside, at 805-687-0788 x110 or To make a gift to benefit Hillside and the residents, please visit Thank you.



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President & CEO: Michael S. Rassler


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