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Montecito Mudslide Response Groups
At our community meeting on Monday night 1/15/18, our Jewish community formed seven working groups to address various needs in the aftermath of the Montecito mudslides. To join a group still in need of volunteers, please CLICK HERE to fill out the Offer Form, and check the group you are interested in joining in the “Sub-Committee Volunteer” section.
- First Responders –First responders are working 24/7 to search for missing people and clean up the mud. They work 12-hour shifts and themselves have needs that have not yet been met. We want to provide some opportunities for them to have healthy meals, recharge, and to show our appreciation for their hard work.
- CBB members displaced – Many CBB members had to leave their homes and are either staying with friends, in hotels, or in other temporary accommodations. Many have children, dogs, or others to take care of. Some left everything behind and others haven’t been able to get back to their homes to check its condition. So many different situations and needs have arisen in light of the current events and we want to help as much as we can.
- People who have lost their jobs – We know them, they take care of our gardens, they clean our houses, they serve us a drink at the local bar, or clean the pool. These are the service workers that live from pay-check to pay-check, and don’t have a job right now. We also know those who had businesses in the area and need a hand too.
- Families who have lost loved ones – The loss in the community has been devastating and we want to support with love, legal advice, counseling, and thinking of ways to honor our loved ones.
- Crane School – (This Group is Currently Full & Closed) We are welcoming Crane students and teachers and opening our doors to host them. They will be studying at CBB for the next few weeks or months. We want to make sure that they welcomed and make this transition a bit easier.
- CBB members and others dealing with major loss – Many people have lost their homes or are facing severe damage. We are providing support in many different ways.
If you have questions about our response groups, please contact Mariela Socolovsky at (805)964-7869 ext.104/ email@example.com
Needs/ Offers Resource List
CBB is keeping a confidential list of those who have needs due to impact from the Montecito mudslides, and those who can offer support of various kinds, in order to match up “needs” and “offers”. Executive Director Elizabeth Gaynes and support staff are contacting both parties to determine a fit between needs and offers, and information remains confidential.
- Offers: If you would like to offer help, please CLICK HERE to fill out our form.
- Needs: We are reaching out to our congregants in the affected areas, and would like to hear from you if you have specific needs; please contact Elizabeth Gaynes at (805)964-7869 ext.111/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Ways to Help in Santa Barbara
- Give blood with the American Red Cross (click here to find a drive near you)
- Donate to the Santa Barbara FoodBank – One dollar= 8 meals!
- Help with Displaced Pets at the Santa Barbara Humane Society or DAWG
- Read more and Donate to CAUSE’s UndocuFund to help undocumented and low wage workers in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties
- Attend “Food & Fun” on Feb.11th, 3-6pm at First United Methodist SB. Free admission/ all food sales support UndocuFund!
Information about returning to your neighborhood
Info about the Local Recovery & Assistance Center
A central location for resources and service to help community members recover and rebuild. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, and closed Sunday. It is located at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara, 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez, and will be open to the public through Feb. 3.
To search furnished rentals, visit: www.SBAOR.com and click the red button for “furnished”.
Anyone at CBB that HAS a furnished rental to offer can email all the details to Ani Pollick and she will enter it into the MLS: MLS@sbaor.com.
Animal shelters for evacuees’ animals
It’s recommended to call first if possible.
- For assistance with large and small animals, please call (805) 681-4332 Large Animal Shelter – Earl Warren Showgrounds – http://www.earlwarren.com/
- Small Animal Shelter – Santa Barbara Humane Society – (805) 964-4777 – 5399 Overpass Road https://www.sbhumanesociety.org/
- San Roque Pet Hospital is offering free pet boarding – (805) 682-2647 http://www.sanroquepethospital.com/contact-us.html
For information on the gas service suspension click on the link below
For other/more information, go to www.countyofsb.org, or call 211 or outside the 805- area code, call toll free to (800) 400-1572.
The county has established an additional call center for assistance at (805) 681-5542 or text to (805) 699-0165.
Free Mattresses for those directly affected by the mudslides
Lull Santa Barbara is donating free mattresses and frames. Please email email@example.com to coordinate directly with their team.
Free Meals for those affected by the mudslides
Mesa Burger @ 315 Meigs Road/ (805)963-749/ http://www.mesaburger.com/menu/
Free Professional Emergency Trauma Counseling
Jewish Family Service (JFS) is offering 6 to 8 weeks of FREE professional emergency trauma counseling and referrals to those in need. Please contact JFS directly by calling (805) 957-1116 to schedule an appointment with one of our professional clinicians.
Resources at the Bronfman Family JCC (542 Chapala Street)
- The Kosher food pantry is open and available to the entire community.
- The Schmooze Room Nutritional Lunch program, held every Tuesday from 12:00-1:00 pm is now open to the entire community, and whoever may need a free nutritional lunch during this time. RSVPs are requested, by calling (805) 957-1115, but are not required.
- Wellness programs, such as Yoga, are available as regularly scheduled, and the JCC is a great place to rest, relax and enjoy some local art. For more information on our classes & programs visit our Online Community Calendar.
- An Emergency Fire and Flood Relief Fund has been established to support those in need. To contribute, please click HERE.
- The Jewish Federation and Jewish Family Service of Santa Barbara has made arrangements with Jewish Free Loan of Los Angeles (JFLA) to provide help to our community during this time of need:
- JFLA has doubled their interest-free emergency loans to $5,000/$10,000 (for personal loans) and $30,000 (for business loans)
- Please contact Susan Nemetz with JFLA directly at (323) 761-8836 for more information and an application. Please inform Susan that you are calling from either the Santa Barbara or the Ventura area. Loans can be for any critical need: housing, food, bills, household goods, clothing, etc. Susan will mail or e-mail the paperwork to complete, and since transportation has been impacted by the mudslides, Susan will Skype with applicants to finalize the application process.
- More information about these loans:
- For $5,000 or less, applicants will need 1 co-signer with a credit score of 680+ and a steady income.
- For more than $5,000 they will need 2 co-signers.
- JFLA will need 7-10 days to process the applications and if approved, they will send a check directly to the borrower.
- Repayment begins 4-6 weeks after the borrower receives their check.
- Payments are very manageable, and loans are COMPLETELY INTEREST-FREE.
Free Help for Small Businesses
This CBB webpage is being updated as circumstances and resources change and emerge. Please check back frequently for updates. Last updated 1/31/18.