December 2013

Media Contact: Jeanette Duncan (805) 540-2454 or Rochelle Rose (805) 699-7227

December, 2013

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing ‘Stuffed the Bus’ on Wed. December 18
To help 500 Low-Income Kids during the Holidays

Santa Claus and Ms. Claus made their 6th Annual “Stuff the Bus” parade ride down State Street in Santa Barbara on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 10 a.m. collecting hundreds of gifts for 500 children from low-income families living at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing’s (PSHH) affordable housing properties on the South Coast.

On parade day, Santa and Ms. Claus travel in a decorated MTD bus, escorted by the Santa Barbara Police Department’s classic black and white 1957 Chevy. The parade started at Community West Bank’s parking lot at 1501 State Street (at Micheltorena) making stops to pick up toys and gift cards at selected collection boxes locations, such as Community West Bank, Starbuck’s at State & Victoria, Marshalls, and Hotel Santa Barbara.

Riding the bus that morning was Congresswoman Lois Capps, Mayor Helene Schneider, SB City Councilwoman Cathy Murrillo, Santa Barbara Police Chief Cam Sanchez, MTD Executive Director Sherrie Fisher, Downtown Organization’s Kate Schwab, Montecito Bank & Trust CEO Janet Garufis, Community West Bank CEO Marty Plourd, and many other sponsors.

Santa’s bus ride ended at approximately 10:30 a.m. at PSHH’s Ladera Apartments in Westside Santa Barbara where over 40 volunteers sorted and wrapped the toys and gift cards which were then transported to PSHH affordable rental complexes in time for holiday celebrations.

Sponsors included Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, MTD Santa Barbara, Montecito Bank & Trust, Community West Bank, Citrix Online, Pacific Western Bank, Gray & Troy Insurance, Marborg, Javier Ortiz, Hotel Santa Barbara, Starbucks, Advanced Vetinary Specialists, Marshalls, Santa Barbara Signs & Graphics, ParentClick.com, Rincon Broadcasting/KTMS Radio/KTYD, Efren Fajardo Painting, NuAge Ad Group, McCarty Electric, Ayers Automotive, Santa Barbara Police Department, and others.

Toys had been donated in receptacle boxes located at Union Bank and Community West branch offices, all 10 local Starbucks, Granada Books, Wells Fargo Bank, Pacific Western Bank, SB Museum of Art, S.B. Museum of Natural History, Saks Fifth Avenue, YMCA, Downtown Organization, Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners, Ayers Automotive, Marshalls, Fresco Café’ at Five Points, Montecito Bank & Trust, Hotel Santa Barbara, MTD Santa Barbara, and many others.

“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 co-chair Vicki Young.

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 1,500 affordable rental units in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties. It has also provided first-time homeownership opportunities for over 1,200 working families. PSHH is the leading affordable housing developer on the Central Coast with offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

If you would like to donate or volunteer contact Monica Scholl at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, 26 E. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara; phone (805) 699-7220, or email monicas@pshhc.org. Cash donations are accepted at www.pshhc.org/donate or by texting “BUS” Text “BUS” to 51400 to donate immediately.

For more information on Peoples’ Self-Help Housing visit www.pshhc.org or call (805) 699-7227 or 540-2454.