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Thank you for all that you do to support our work! 

It is a remarkable privilege to witness the difference we make for those we serve on a daily basis. It is only through your generosity that we can accomplish all that we do and will do in the future. 

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Supporting First Responders and More with Community Education  

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Day and night, those who answer 911 calls, EMTs, paramedics, and firefighters see and attend to car accidents, heart attacks, domestic abuse, home fires, gunshot wounds, and every kind of unimaginable accident, illness and death.
 
Because of support from people like you, last year, we met with more than 300 local first responders as well as staff at other organizations whose daily work involves the sick, dying and bereaved. Read more about our Community Education and Outreach programs provided free to the community, and how you can contribute to this work.   

 
"The Other Story of Ruth" - A Poem by Rhonda Richey 


Rhonda Richey, a former participant in our "Healing Through Poetry" support group, shared her poem
"The Other Story of Ruth" with us about her mother, Ruth, who loved to garden.
 
Click here to read her poem and learn how you can join the "Healing Through Poetry" group. 

 
We recently launched our new Shining Light Society to recognize those of you who have helped "shine a light" into the darkness for those dealing with a serious illness or grieving the loss of a loved one by donating a major gift or including us in your estate plans. A special reception was held last month for honorary members.   Read more in the Santa Barbara Independent.
 
Being surrounded by so many people who care about supporting the emotional, social and spiritual care needs of people dealing with death and dying was a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do. To be able to provide services to 1,200 people free-of-charge in 2016 and with a larger percentage increase so far in 2017, we remain ever thankful for the people who enable us to do so.  

 
Apply to be a Patient Care Volunteer

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We are seeking compassionate individuals interested in providing support to people with serious illness and their families. Training sessions for Patient Care Volunteers will be held on six consecutive Wednesdays from Oct. 4 - Nov. 8. The deadline to apply is Sept. 20. Contact Nicole Romasanta at (805) 563-8820 to learn more.
 
Volunteer Spotlight: Brian Silsbury


Our volunteer Brian Silsbury was recently featured in the Carp Coastal View. "One of the reasons I do this volunteer work is that I want to pay back society. I'm paying it back and perhaps paying it forward," he said. Read more about his experiences as a patient care volunteer in this article by Barbara Dunlap.

 

Upcoming Events

Learn at Lunch
Rev. Allysa De Wolf, Senior Pastor at the First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara will discuss "Death and Dying in the Queer Community."

August 18, 12-1 p.m.
    
Death and Cupcakes
Hospice of Santa Barbara welcomes you to join a discussion about death and the celebration of life in a comfortable and welcoming setting.

August 15, 1-2 p.m.


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Walk to Fight Suicide
Leadbetter Beach
Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, register today at afsp.org/santabarbara. 

September 10, 9 a.m.-Noon

Art Reception
Artist Beverley Jackson will present her collection "Living Life to the Fullest," which will be on display at the Leigh Block Gallery through Oct. 31.

August 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
 
 Support Groups

Young Adults Grieving 
Wednesday Evenings | Aug. 16-Sept. 6
For people ages 19 to 30 facing the loss of a loved one. This group will provide a safe, supportive environment for young adults to express grief.

Men's Grief and Spirituality 
Saturday Mornings | Sept. 16 - Oct. 21
Come join other men in grief as we search for meaning and expression of our loss. If you identify as male, you are welcome in our circle. 



Time limited groups require registration prior to first session. No drop-ins please. To register, please contact the intake coordinator at (805) 563-3320 ext. 110. All groups are free of charge with donations gratefully accepted.

Help Fulfill Our Wish List:

  • Lavender oil.
  • Provide lunch for volunteer training. 
We are also seeking two laptops - one in the Treatment Room and one in the Group Room for counselors to take their notes. Call (805) 563-8820 if you would like to donate a laptop.

To our HSB friends:  If you would like to donate a piece of jewelry to our Sept. 27 Heroes of Hospice event "Jewels by the Sea," please contact Chris Davis at cd@surfmedia.com or call 687-3322.  Items should be valued at $200 or higher.  Your donation is tax deductible.  Thank you!


 
Support Hospice of Santa Barbara at no cost to you!

Whenever you shop at Amazon, go through  Amazon Smile . Simply select "Hospice of Santa Barbara" as your charitable organization and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase (.5%) to us. Already using Amazon Smile? You can still make HSB your charitable organization by clicking on the name of the charity you're supporting on your  Amazon Smile landing page.
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Thank You!

Hospice of Santa Barbara thanks the following people for supporting our work:

 Thank you to the MOXI Museum for donating free passes to the museum for our 
I Have A Friend program participants.
 
Thank you to Dr. Stephen Hosea for hosting our first-ever reception for our Shining Light Society members and HSB Ambassadors Gerd Jordano, Linda Yawitz, and Mary Blair for organizing the event.