Now more than ever, we all need to band together. Here in Santa Barbara, there are several businesses that are here to support you during this difficult time for us all. As we fight to flatten the curve of this global pandemic, our community is working together to help each other out during this time of need.
Our Village Properties team is here to support you, and we’ve gathered some helpful resources for you to share. Below you will find a detailed overview of businesses that are actively helping others here in the Santa Barbara area. You can also find some indoor resources and online educational activities to help you pass the time and free your mind from the stress weighing heavily on us all right now.
Ways to Support the Community and Find Support for Yourself:
Cottage Health Hospital
Cottage Health has a drop-off zone for donations of medical supplies. But please keep in mind that it is important that members of the public do not enter hospital lobbies to make supply donations. Hospitals are under a health officer order not to allow visitors. Below you will find the info you need should you like to make a donation.
Drop-Off Center Location
Cottage Health will open a central drop-off center for donations of supplies on Tuesday, March 24 at the parking area adjacent to:
Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital
351 South Patterson Ave.
The drop-off center will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, for an undetermined number of days as the local COVID-19 situation and need for supplies becomes clearer. Supplies in original, unopened packaging are particularly being sought at this time.
Please complete this form and bring it to the drop-off center with your supply donation.
Supplies being accepted include:
- Face shields – single-use or non-disposable
- Eye shields – single-use or non-disposable
- Isolation gowns or standard level 3 gowns
- N95 masks
- N99 masks
- Standard procedure masks
- Reusable P100/N95 respirators and cartridges/filters
- Respirator hoods or hazmat hoods
The Unity Shoppe on State Street wants everyone to know that, “It’s only as a CommUNITY that we will get through this.”
A special message from the good people at Unity Shoppe:
“Here at Unity Shoppe we’ve been helping our friends and neighbors manage the fallout from the Coronavirus. Many in our community not only have legitimate health concerns, but are also feeling the tremendous economic impact of this pandemic on their lives.
Most businesses and schools are closed until further notice. There is a scary new reality for the low-income in our community who are concerned about where to get groceries.
If they do not work, they do not get paid, and getting food becomes the number one priority for their families.
The Unity Shoppe is already seeing an increase in food requests, with many new people coming in. We do not know how long this will go on; we have to purchase more food and supplies to be prepared.”
For direct donations, please click on the link below:
Friendship Center is a home away from home for many seniors with dementia in our local community. Both its Montecito and Goleta sites are currently closed due to COVID-19 and the high-risk demographic that the center serves. During this time, it is supporting elderly members by alternate means. It is seeking donations of items that spark joy and well-being, that are new, sanitary, individually wrapped and safely handled, to add to its “Take Care Totes.”
It has partnered with Foodbank SB, Easy Lift Transportation and Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade to collect, assemble and distribute the “Take Care Totes.”
Donations can be made via: https://friendshipcentersb.org/contribute-2/donate/
When making in-person donations, please deliver your items to the Friendship Center’s kitchen entrance.
This amazing non-profit has supported the Santa Barbara community for over 50 years and is here for you now. In a statement to Village Properties, it shared a special message about ways it can help assist you should you need it:
“During this difficult time, CALM remains a constant for the children and families healing from childhood trauma in Santa Barbara County. While our doors are closed to the public, we have mobilized our staff to be where our families are at this time. Therapists now meet virtually with clients using HIPAA compliant Telehealth services in place of face-to-face therapy sessions. We understand that this is an economically and emotionally devastating time for most clients, triggering early childhood trauma. It can also be a paralyzing time.
For some, home is not a safe space. In recent weeks, we have seen an increase in domestic violence calls and cases, and a decrease in Child Welfare Services reports. With children not in school or childcare facilities, mandated reporters do not have the opportunity to report abuses they don’t see.
The needs of our clients are of utmost priority and we will continue to be their support, as well as a resource for the entire community. This is a pivotal time for all to adapt to the changing landscape of health and well-being. See our resource page here.”
Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
Renee Grubb has generously donated grocery store gift cards to families in need. Now more than ever, Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and the children and families it services need your assistance. Please support this cause by making a donation: Make A Donation | teddybear
Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal assistance to Santa Barbara County residents. Its mission is to serve and empower low-income people and other vulnerable residents. It is open by phone during the COVID-19 pandemic. 805.936.6754
Santa Barbara City College
Free career classes are being taught virtually. All classes will be held in real-time via Zoom. Tuition-free courses are available on business, design, technology and career.
For more information, log on here – https://csi.cccbadges.org/
Santa Barbara Foundation
The United Way of Santa Barbara County, Hutton Parker Foundation and Santa Barbara Foundation are leading the COVID-19 joint response effort with members of the Foundation Roundtable to address the needs of individuals and families in Santa Barbara County as well as the non-profits who serve them. Your donation to the Community Disaster Relief Fund (CDRF) will support our COVID-19 joint response effort. To donate to the Santa Barbara Foundation, click here.
Family Service Agency
At Family Service Agency, our primary concern is the health and well-being of our community. As we continue to provide essential services, we are making some important changes to operations to ensure the safety of our staff and those we serve.
As of Friday, March 20, all FSA offices are closed to the public. Most core services are being provided via telephone/video or in-person in essential situations, such as safety net support and food distribution. All offices are complying with rigorous sanitation practices and maintaining safe distances as outlined by public health officials.
Senior and caregiver mental health support will continue via telehealth, a HIPAA-compliant protocol for interfacing with clients via telephone or video.
School-based counselors in Santa Barbara, Lompoc, and Carpinteria are also shifting to telehealth practices to continue to support those children who need mental health counseling.
Home visits have been suspended.
If you need support services or mental health counseling, please contact the FSA office in your community. (Note: Some staff are working remotely. Feel free to leave a message with your name, call back number, and reason for your call.)
Santa Barbara (805) 965-1001 Santa Maria (805) 928-1707
Lompoc (805) 735-4376 Guadalupe (805) 343-1194
For more information visit: https://fsacares.org/