About Our Ministries
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At the Central Coast Rescue Mission, we pride ourselves on the level of service we provide to our homeless neighbors. Whether that is a hot meal, grocery assistance or long-term care, it is the compassionate care of our dedicated staff and volunteers that makes the difference.
Every day we are reminded of how blessed we are to be a part of our community. From the children who stop in to our mission to bring gifts for other children, to the corporate donors, leaders, friends and families who have made caring for the homeless an ongoing tradition, we simply could not do what we do without you. If you or your organization would like to partner with us, please reach out to Chris Rutledge at email@example.com.
Santa Maria has the second highest number of homeless people in Santa Barbara County. And, it has the county’s most consistent increase in the homeless population over the last six years. Local authorities believe stricter code enforcement in San Luis Obispo County and the high cost of living in Santa Barbara and Carpinteria have pushed more homeless toward Santa Maria.
In January 2017, the Common Ground Homeless Survey counted 1,489 homeless people in Santa Barbara County. Santa Maria is home to at least 338 of them, a 39% increase over the 2011 count, which is particularly concerning because the count for the entire county is down 3% over the same time period. Of those counted, 64% of the homeless reported having no health insurance, two-thirds reported having a disability, more than two-thirds were women, and 24% were under 18 years old.
Poverty and homelessness are often accompanied by hunger, malnutrition, physical or mental disabilities, substance abuse issues, untreated infectious disease, and other illnesses and chronic health problems. Without comprehensive assistance in overcoming barriers to healthy and financially secure lives, our clients would be unable to break out of a continuous cycle of economic distress, homelessness, and a wide range of physical, mental, and social issues.
The Central Coast Rescue Mission started in 1999 and became an outreach ministry of the Rescue Mission Alliance in 2003. Click here to learn more about the Rescue Mission Alliance.