June 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 are working together to provide 900 backpacks filled with school supplies for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing students from Carpinteria to Guadalupe. Members from the “Community of Montecito Churches” include All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Montecito Covenant Church, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

On Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 10 a.m. to noon, church volunteers will meet at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Road, to sort and stuff the backpacks. Backpacks and school supplies were donated by the four churches and their parishioners. Peoples’ Self-Help Housing will deliver the backpacks the following week to children the housing developments.

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

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, People’s has assisted 1,000 low-income households build their first home, developed 1,200 affordable rental units, serving 6,000 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.


Media Advisory/ Calendar Listing—

Who: “The Community of Montecito Churches” M4 Backpack Project
What: Prepare backpacks filled with school supplies for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing children who reside in Peoples’ Housing (from Carpinteria to Guadalupe)
Where: El Montecito Presbyterian Church, 1455 East Valley Rd Santa Barbara, CA
When: Saturday, July 19 from 10-Noon. Best photo opportunity is 11 AM.
Santa Barbara Office, 962-5152, San Luis Obispo office, 781-3088 www.pshhc.org