All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church of Montecito is making a $65,000 donation along with a volunteer commitment toward supporting Transition House of Santa Barbara’s Three Stage Housing Program.
The housing program provides assistance to local homeless families by offering shelter for those in immediate need, and teaching the life skills necessary to step out of poverty and become self-sufficient in permanent housing.
“This donation aligns well with our outreach mission here at All Saints of helping underserved communities of greater Santa Barbara including low-to-moderate income families, children, and the unhoused,” said Susan Evans, chair of All Saints-by-the-Sea’s outreach committee.
All Saints has been involved since the beginning of Transition House, primarily by serving family dinners at Transition House since 1985.
Since its founding in 1984, Transition House has distinguished itself through its focused mission and proven outcomes, with about 76% of families who enter Transition House’s Three Stage Housing Program having succeeded in transitioning to stable housing.
“This donation is in honor of David Boyd’s leadership in the community, faithful ministry and dedication to Transition House’s mission,” said Rev. Cn. Hank Mitchel, interim pastor of All Saints-by-the-Sea. “Mr. Boyd, a long-time parishioner of All Saints-by-the-Sea and 2019 Man of the Year for Santa Barbara, has led All Saints-by-the-Sea’s outreach mission to Transition House for many years.”
A check presentation ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at Transition House, the only organization in south Santa Barbara County that exclusively serves homeless families with children.
“We are grateful for this significant donation and commitment of volunteer time,” said Kathleen Baushke, executive director of Transition House. “The funds will be directed to bolster our children’s programs, weekly sack lunch program, replace mattresses for all beds on-site, and revitalize our kitchen facilities.
“Together, we are positively impacting lives by addressing the trauma of those experiencing homelessness,” she said.
Transition House is dedicated to the solution of family homelessness in the Santa Barbara community. Capable and motivated families with children are offered life tools and respectful, non-sectarian residential services designed to alleviate poverty and restore self-sufficiency and dignity.