Miles, left, and Asher Sedlin started 805 Homeless Helpers.

Miles, left, and Asher Sedlin started 805 Homeless Helpers.

The 805 Homeless Helpers was founded by Santa Barbara teens, Asher and Miles Sedlin, when their mother saw that many of the organizations that normally look after the homeless had to shut down due to COVID -19. The homeless were hungry and cold, so the Sedlins knew they had to act quickly.

Within 10 days, 805 Homeless Helpers raised enough money to provide 300 meals to the homeless community, as well as collecting much needed clothing, bedding and supplies.

The Sedlin brothers also found a perfect partnership with Congregation B’nai B’rith and its homeless program.

805 Homeless Helpers is currently marketing for the needs of the Santa Barbara homeless population. The Sedlin brothers pick up the donated items outside of people’s homes, sort and label the donations, then deliver them directly to the temple.

Congregation B’nai B’rith takes 805 Homeless Helper items and its own collection to Pershing Park every Wednesday, where they feed the homeless and pass out the supplies.

The Sedlins continue to source donations though their marketing efforts and are now doing door-front pickups for Congregation B’nai B’rith members.

They brothers are also in the process of expanding their services to Adams Angels, which also collects and distributes clothing, food and other necessities for the local homeless population.

805 Homeless Helpers is asking community members from Carpinteria to Goleta to gather non-perishable food and gently used clean clothing, blankets, camping equipment, toiletries, backpacks, and suitcases, and schedule a free pick-up by emailing Donation slips available upon request.