September 2011

Media Contact: Rochelle Rose (805) 962-5152 x227
September 2011

Schwab Chairs 'Stuffs the Bus' Holiday Gift Campaign for Needy Kids

Kate Schwab is this year's chairman of the 6th Annual Stuff the Bus holiday gift campaign for needy children living at Peoples' Self-Help Housing's affordable housing properties in Santa Barbara and Goleta.

Well-known in the Santa Barbara community, Schwab is Assistant Manager of Marketing & Customer Service at Metropolitan Transit District and was the manager at the downtown Borders for 13 years. She served on the Board of Directors for of the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization for ten years and currently serves as an Ambassador for the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Santa Claus makes his 6th annual "Stuff the Bus" parade ride down State Street in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 10 a.m. to collect hundreds of unwrapped gifts for 400 children from low-income families living at Peoples' Self-Help Housing's (PSHH) affordable housing properties on the South Coast.

Santa travels in a decorated MTD bus, escorted by the Santa Barbara Police Department, and makes stops to pick up toys and gift cards at collection boxes locations, such as Community West Bank, Starbuck's at State & Victoria, Paseo Nuevo, and Hotel Santa Barbara.

Santa's bus ride ends at approximately 10:30 a.m. at PSHH's Ladera Apartments in Westside Santa Barbara where over 40 volunteers will participate in sorting and wrapping the toys and gift cards from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Gifts for 400 children are then transported to PSHH affordable rental complexes in time for holiday celebrations.

"Peoples' Self-Help Housing's Stuff the Bus campaign collects and distributes holiday gifts for low-income kids. This is always a challenge, but together we can make a difference. For many of these children, these are the only gifts that they receive at this time of year," stated event chair Kate Schwab. If you would like to donate or sponsor a collection box contact Monica Scholl at Peoples' Self-Help Housing at (805) 962-5152 x220 or email monicas@pshhc.org.

Peoples' Self-Help Housing provides affordable housing and programs leading to self-sufficiency for low-income families, seniors, and other special needs groups on California's Central Coast. PSHH has developed and now manages over 1,300 affordable rental units in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties. It has also provided first-time homeownership opportunities for over 1,150 working families. PSHH is the leading affordable housing developer on the Central Coast with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.