Providing Vital Services and Programs That Make a Difference in Our Community
Thrifty Shopper Store Donations
The Santa Barbara and Santa Maria thrift stores provide our Community Services clients with no-cost clothing and household goods. The need for these items is ongoing.
The Santa Barbara Store offers for sale: quality furniture, fine home furnishings and accessories, art work, jewelry, designer clothing and shoes, adult bicycles, games and books. The
Santa Maria Store principally relies on donations of good, used clothing. (We cannot accept computer electronics, mattresses, infant car seats, baby cribs, strollers, high chairs, or any damp or moldy clothing and bedding.) Call the Thrifty Shopper at 966-9659 to arrange or donation drop-off or free pick-up. Visit the Santa Maria Thrifty Shopper at 607 West Main Street or call 922-4174 for more information.
The Thrifty Shopper at Catholic Charities continues to expand its operations in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara stores. Donations provide Community Services’ clients with free clothing and household items. Revenue from sales of donated merchandise help support the Agency’s programs and services.
Thrift Store Vouchers
Client families and individuals in need of clothing or household items are issued vouchers (valued at over $50,000 annually) to shop at our thrift stores. In Santa Barbara, clients shop at the Haley Street “Thrifty Shopper.” The “Second Time Around Thrift Store” in Lompoc generously partners with Catholic Charities’ clients, and the Santa Maria “Thrifty Shopper” provides clients clothing and household items.
Our critical collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Foodbank enables us to effectively leverage both non and perishable food purchases. Additionally, we have several ties to local grocery stores who generously donate product. From its four Food Pantries and the four mobile food distribution sites, Catholic Charities delivers over 2.1 million pounds of food to those families most in need. With this help, these same families are more likely able to make rent and medical payments, thus avoiding possible further family dislocation.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Federal EFSP and HPRP funds are allocated countywide to provide rental and utility financial assistance to income-qualifying clients, specifically to prevent eviction or to assist a homeless family moving into housing. Working with their Client Resource Coordinator, together they develop a manageable plan to budget for future rental/utility payments.
Medical Treatment Referrals and Grants
In collaboration with the St. Cecilia Society, small grants are often made if clients are unable to pay for dental and eyeglasses expenses. The Parish Nursing program is available for physical health evaluations.
Older Adult Services (60+)
Older Adult Services (OAS) are available through our Community Services Program to seniors 60+ years. Income-qualifying clients can access food distribution, financial rental/utility assistance and find help for dealing with the problems of everyday living.
Client Resource Management
Prospective clients interview with a bilingual Client Resource Coordinator to assure that the client's needs are understood and, then, jointly develop an action plan. In addition to immediate financial, food and other material assistance, Catholic Charities also helps to identify appropriate referrals to other service providers.
Unique to Santa Barbara is the Wagging Dog and Cat Tales project which provides financial assistance to qualifying seniors for emergency veterinarian medical services. New partnering opportunities now allows us to expand the scope of referral pet services.