Innovative Solutions to Complex Problems

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New Beginnings Holding a Free Virtual Event with Best-Selling Author Annabelle Gurwitch and Julie Bowen

New Beginnings is holding a free virtual event featuring Annabelle Gurwitch and Julie Bowen discussing homelessness solutions on October 7 […more…]

New Beginnings Hires Sara Grasso as Homeless Services Director

New Beginnings is pleased to announce the addition of Sara Grasso, MFT as the agency’s first Homeless Services Director. The […more…]

New Beginnings Establishes Financial Assistance Fund for Veterans with the Help of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

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New Beginnings

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A New Beginning for Santa Barbara’s Most Vulnerable

While New Beginnings’ work began with its counseling services more than 50 years ago, it has grown into a countywide […more…]

New Beginnings

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Matching Challenge

Through December 31, 2022, the first $5,000 donated will be matched thanks to a generous challenge grant from the Zegar Family Foundation.

Just the Beginning

The annual support that New Beginnings receives can fluctuate depending on the availability of funding it receives at the state and federal level. The organization has embarked on a dedicated campaign to expand private donations.
At their Annual Gala in late September 2021, New Beginnings’ leadership continued their efforts to draw attention to their important work. The event featured an interview and discussion with New York Times bestselling author, activist, and advocate Annabelle Gurwitch, who herself became a landlord to house a young couple that had been living in their car.

The gala was followed a week later by a virtual event with Annabelle Gurwitch and Julie Bowen that capped a year of continuous efforts by New Beginnings to advocate strongly for the homeless people their front-line staff helps to house.


We provide mental health counseling to low-income community members and end homelessness for individuals, families, and veterans throughout Santa Barbara County. Through four core programs, we serve approximately 2,000 people each year.
(805) 963-7777
Executive Director: Kristine Schwarz

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.

As a veteran with underlying health conditions, it has been helpful to have New Beginnings’ staff act as a liaison between my healthcare providers and me and take me to my appointments. Having a liaison I trust to coordinate care on my behalf has improved my life considerably and has helped me receive services I never knew I qualified for. I feel much more in charge of my health and have a more optimistic outlook for my future.
Janice Seaver

Board of Directors

Jacqueline Kurta, President
Dan Engel, Vice President
Mark Cardona, Secretary
Ziad Elkurjie, Treasurer
Steve Baird
Stasia Huiner
Kathryn Keene
Karen Kelly
Warren B. Ritter II
Diane Pannkuk
Guy Smith