Showers of Blessing engages the compassion and volunteer spirit of both housed and houseless residents of
South Santa Barbara County in the operation of a mobile shower trailer in order to promote health and wellness,
build avenues to employment, and restore dignity to our most vulnerable neighbors.
Shortage of Showers Looms This Winter
The Rescue Mission will be temporarily closing 50 of its 66 men’s shelter beds as of October 30th of this year. The closures are made necessary because of phase one of the Mission’s major renovation project. The beds, and shower facilities, will be closed for 9-12 months. Meanwhile, PATH, the other major shelter in Santa Barbara, has decided to no longer offer 100 winter shelter beds between December 1 and March 31. The impact of these two closures on the single weekly shower offering we provide at Our Lady of Sorrows will be huge. We are already operating beyond our capacity at that site. More sites are desperately needed in order to keep our most vulnerable neighbors clean through the winter. In order to do this we need your help. We have the trailer and truck. We have the staff. We have the volunteers. What we lack is a total of $15,000 to operate two additional emergency weekly sites for six months. Please help.
What Can I Do?
Anyone can make a big difference:
One of the questions we ask some of our shower clients after their shower is
“How do you feel now?” The answers have been amazing:
“I feel like a human again.”
“It’s amazing how much better a single shower can make you feel.”
“Real, I can look for ways to make my life better now.”
Every dollar that you donate to Showers of Blessing between now and Sept. 30th, 2017 will be matched by an anonymous donor (up to $10,000).
Personal hygiene items, undergarments, socks and clothing are vital to our guests. You can help fulfill our guests’ needs.
Volunteers make our work possible, both individuals and groups. Sign up for our newsletter or contact us directly.
Locations – Days – Hours of Operation
6586 Picasso Road
Showers: 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Dinner provided at 5:00pm
Downtown Santa Barbara
423 Chapala Street
Showers: 7:00am – 9:00am
Breakfast Burritos served
300 Sumida Gardens Ln
Showers: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Downtown Santa Barbara
Corner of Sola & Anacapa Streets
Showers: 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Dinner provided at 6:30pm