Many local parachurch organizations are working to extend the grace of God in the Southland. I have listed some here that I am familiar with and included a brief note about their specific focus.
For a more complete, printable list, click here: Local-Santa-Barbara-MInistry-Resources.pdf.
For local needs in Carpinteria, check out his page.
Ministry to the Homeless
Bethel House is run by Santa Barbara Rescue Mission for women committed to a one-year treatment program. Opportunities for women to mentor women in the program or provide other support services.
Casa Esperanza is the local homeless shelter located at 816 Cacique Street in Santa Barbara. It provides transitional shelter with extra beds during winter and some day-time support services.
Laundry Love provides help for those in need in washing clothes at local laundromats. Volunteer build relationships as they serve.
Noah’s Anchorage Youth Crisis Shelter provides safe, temporary housing and crisis resolution for youths 10 through 17.
Santa Barbara Rescue Mission provides emergency shelter for homeless men and women and a residential drug and alcohol recovery program for men and women from a Christian perspective. Volunteers provide tutoring, mentoring and other services.
Santa Barbara Street Medicine provides a free women’s clinic monthly.
Salvation Army transitional living center provides inclement weather shelter for homeless men and women; Full-service employment focused transitional living center
Transition House offers emergency shelter and transitional housing for families only
SB Act exists to equip the community to lovingly engage the marginalized while actively working for the betterment of their physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental needs. They address areas of need such as homelessness and human trafficking in the Santa Barbara community
Willbridge is a safe-haven for homeless chronically mentally ill men and women, as an alternative to incarceration. Emergency shelter for homeless at risk of violent crimes/sexual assault.
Ministry for Family and Children
Angels Foster Care places needy babies with the very best foster families and helps those families provide loving care until the court decides the child’s fate.
Arrow Child and Family Ministry provides Christian adoption services and has a local office in Camarillo.
Child Evangelism Fellowship provides ministry to children in homes and school.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) trains individuals to ensure the needs of foster children are being met, and to prevent abuse or neglect.
Life Network (dba Network Medical) is a local non-profit medical clinic and the only faith-based ministry of its kind in the south county. Their mission is to erase the need for abortion by transforming a woman’s fear into confidence to the honor of Jesus Christ. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.
Mothers Helpers provides needed items for new mothers and references to helpful resources.
Royal Family Kids Camps provides free Christian camping experience for foster kids with one-on-one counseling relationships and needs volunteer counselors during the summer.
Addiction and Recovery
This page lists most of the resources related to drug and alcohol addiction resources in Santa Barbara.