A Note from our Executive Director
Change is inevitable. Sometimes change has unforeseen consequences. In September, we moved our Family Resource Center to Old Town Goleta. I am surprised and thrilled at what a difference that move made. As a result of that move, we are distributing much more food in our Emergency Food Pantry. We are having trouble keeping our emergency pantry stocked, but we are delighted that our location is making it easier for families to find us to seek support.
Our move into Goleta has also helped us build partnerships which have already led to fruitful collaborations in support of our community. We recently signed a contract with the City of Goleta to provide targeted outreach to the Spanish speaking community. We’ve begun partnering with Equalitech to support adults with computer literacy classes in Isla Vista. We’re planning an emergency preparedness fair in both Goleta and IV, in partnership with the GVCC, the sheriff’s department, Santa Barbara Response Network, the Foodbank, and Aware and Prepare.
Moving our FRC has not only strengthened our partnerships with Goleta, it has brought those partnerships into IV, ensuring that the families of Isla Vista are considered and served.
I want to acknowledge another change in our organization. Our Children’s Center director, Chris Callaway, recently accepted an exciting new job in North Carolina. Please join me in wishing Chris and his family well in their new adventure.