Friday, February 20, 2015

Celebrating Habitat ReStore Volunteers

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore recently celebrated two stellar volunteers, Frank and Samantha. Frank has volunteered over 500 hours in the ReStore and Samantha has volunteered over 75 hours. A huge thank you to these two volunteers who help make the ReStore a success. 

Volunteers are the heart of Habitat for Humanity and keep our critical programs running. Below are some of the volunteer opportunities currently available with Habitat for Humanity Santa Barbara:

ReStore Volunteers:
Volunteers assist ReStore employees. Tasks include sorting, pricing and cleaning donated items, shelving new inventory and assisting customers. 

Construction and Repair Volunteers: 
While we are between new construction projects volunteers help with the A Brush with Kindness program which provides exterior repairs for low-income homeowners. No previous construction experience is required. 

Group Opportunities:
Bring together friends, family and co-workers for a group build day. Groups help on new construction projects, on A Brush with Kindness projects, and in the ReStore.  

Click here to sign up for any of these volunteer opportunities

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Habitat for Humanity + Volunteers= Another Completed A Brush with Kindness Project

On January 20th 2015, volunteers from Cate School partnered with Habitat for Humanity Southern Santa Barbara County to complete another A Brush with Kindness home repair project. Sponsored by Thrivent Financial, 82 students and faculty came together to complete home repairs for an elderly low-income homeowner.

 Unable to make repairs himself due to MS, the students and faculty worked during the day to provide exterior repairs to the home, clear overgrown landscaping, plant drought resistant plants, build a new walkway, and clean the full exterior of the home.
Habitat's A Brush with Kindness program works to help low-income or fixed-income homeowners to restore their homes to be a safe and decent place to live, through minor exterior repairs. The program provides materials and volunteer labor to make improvements to a house affordable and possible.
Able-bodied homeowners work alongside Habitat's volunteers as part of their "sweat equity", which is central to Habitat's home building program. Through this program, homeowners are able to regain the pride of home-ownership and maintain the value of their homes. 
A Brush with Kindness complements Habitat for Humanity’s construction programs that bring decent and affordable homes to low-income families. All partner families must meet Habitat’s income requirements, as well as show a need for crucial exterior repairs and a willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity.

      For more information on how you can volunteer on an upcoming A Brush with Kindness project or in the Restore, please visit or call 805-692-2226.

New Items in the ReStore for 2015

With the New Year, comes new items at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. You can check online for new item updates as well as stop by the Restore. Here are some interesting items that have come in the past two months:

"Drink Cart"
Item Number: XO86
Price: $65

"Lamp Table"
Item Number: X077
Price: $125

"Hand Beaten Brass Bar Sink"
Item Number: X099
Price: $250

We have very unique and special items that are donated to the ReStore daily. Whether it is a small lamp or even a beautiful door, the ReStore has many gems that have appeal and character.

The ReStore at the Habitat for Humanity in the Southern Santa Barbara County sells home improvement products and 100% of the proceeds go back to Habitat. The materials that are sold in the ReStore are donated from the community and the proceeds help to cover administrative costs. Because of this, Habitat is able to point a large majority of the funds raised to go towards our low income building projects. Shopping in or donating to the ReStore is a way that one can help support Habitat's mission to provide affordable housing in Santa Barbara.

The ReStore is located on 6860 Cortona Drive, Suite A, Goleta CA 93117. The ReStore is open from 11am-5pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Honoring MLK with a Day of Service

           On January 19th, Habitat for Humanity will partner with members of the community to honor MLK by participating in the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. A group of 25 volunteers from YMCA, Goleta Valley Beautiful. and individuals from the community will be working together to complete "A Brush with Kindness" project.
          Part of the United We Serve program, MLK Jr. Day of Service is one of President Obama's national call to service initiatives. The program calls for Americans from all different backgrounds and walks of life to work together for the day to assist and help with some of the nation's pressing social issues, such as hunger, poverty, and substandard housing. Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country are participating in various service projects to serve their communities and neighbors.  
          One of Habitat for Humanity's active programs, "A Brush with Kindness" seeks to help low-income house owners that have difficulty restoring their homes to maintain a safe a decent place to live by coming together as a community to provide exterior home repairs. By offering affordable means of exterior home improvements, the program helps homeowners to reclaim their dignity and pride of homeownership and helps to maintain the value of the home. Complementing Habitat for Humanity's new home construction programs that bring affordable homes to low-income families, all partner families must meet with Habitat for Humanity's low-income requirements, as well as show a need for crucial exterior repairs and the willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity.
          Volunteer shifts are still available for the MLK Jr. Day of Service on January 19th. The morning shift will be from 9am to 12:00pm, followed by the afternoon shift from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Interested volunteers can contact the Habitat office at or 805-692-2226. 

         “Dr. King famously said, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?’” said Jon Peterson, Habitat for Humanity SSBC’s CEO. “Habitat for Humanity is committed to helping individuals and families maintain and build a decent place to live. We are thankful for the hundreds of volunteers who heed Dr. King’s call and join us in providing decent and affordable shelter both locally and globally.”

Friday, October 24, 2014

Open House of the Completed Canon Perdido Affordable Homes

You are invited to the Canon Perdido Open House

With just the last details left on the homes of the Canon Perdido Project, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County would like to invite you to an open house event on Saturday, November 15th 2014. The project homes are located at 822 E. Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara CA 93103.

Designed by architects Ryan Mills and Ed DeVicente, the units range from 750-1,200 square feet each and are 100% affordable and very low income units. The project includes 2 three-bedroom units, 8 two-bedroom units, and 2 one-bedroom units, which are all completely accessible to disabled persons.

Built in line with Passive House standards, the project aimed to achieve “near zero” energy usage on the homes by combining passive components such as window placements, insulation, Energy Star appliances and building wrap with “active components such as solar thermal and photovoltaic systems. With the finishing touches being added, these homes will be the first affordable housing development in Southern California certified as a “Passive House”, and the homes will have a 70-80% reduction in energy use over the current energy code requirements.

Before the homeowners move in, Habitat for Humanity would love to welcome the community to tour the finished develeopment of the homes and the future homeowners will be offerring tours of their new homes throughout the day! Georgia's Smokehouse gourmet food truck, offering a full menu, will be parked onsite from 11:30-1:30pm.

We would like to thank the donors, volunteers, and community for this joint effort in successfully completing this project and would like to share with the community and those interested in what Habitat for Humanity has been involved with for the past two years!

Please come join us and we hope to see you soon.