July 2008

Media Contact: Annette Montoya or Rochelle Rose
(805) 781-3088 x or (805) 448-8338
annettem@pshhc.org or rocheller@pshhc.org


Santa Barbara, CA—Four Montecito churches worked together on Saturday, July 19th, to fill 900 backpacks with school supplies for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing children from Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria, and Guadalupe. Volunteers from the “Community of Montecito Churches” (M4) who participated were from All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal, El Montecito Presbyterian, Montecito Covenant, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Churches.

Over 100 youth and adult volunteers met at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road, to sort and stuff each age-appropriate backpack. The backpacks and school supplies were donated by the four churches and their parishioners. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing distributed the filled back packs the following week to children at their low income housing developments.

“The leadership and parishioners of the four churches are truly grateful for this opportunity through Peoples’ Self-Help Housing to serve these local children of lower income families, and to help guarantee that they have the tools necessary to thrive in their school environments,” said Don Johnson, Pastor Montecito Covenant Church and spokesman for the Community of Montecito Churches.

Present at the event were El Montecito Presbyterian Pastor Harold Bussell, Pastor Don Johnson, Montecito Covenant Church, All Saints-by-the-Sea Presbyterian Church Reverend Jeff Bullock, Reverend Rob Fisher of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopalian Church, and Sister Kathleen Patrice, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing was represented by Rochelle Rose CFRE, Development Director; Youth Education Coordinator Katie Falbo, and youth educator Brittany Hadidian.

Peoples' Self-Help Housing (PSHH) was founded in 1970 to address the serious affordable housing needs on the Central Coast and its accompanying social problems. Its mission is to create self-help home ownership opportunities, quality low-income rental housing, as well as youth education, health and community services to low-income families, seniors, and special needs groups living in PSHH facilities.

To date, Peoples’ has built over 1,000 self-help homes and has developed 1,200 affordable rental units, serving 6,000 low-income residents throughout San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. For more information on how to donate to the M4 Backpack Project or to volunteer, contact Katie Falbo, Program Coordinator, at PSSH (805) 962-5152 x233 or visit www.pshhc.org.