By New Beginnings Counseling Center
New Beginnings, one of Santa Barbara’s oldest nonprofits – which provides mental health counseling to low-income community members and ends homelessness for individuals, families, and veterans throughout Santa Barbara County – is proud to announce the opening of its new expanded office and collaborative center. The expanded location will house the entire spectrum of services the organization provides in south county.
Representative Salud Carbajal will perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony and introduce the new center on Friday, June 9th, along with current and former elected officials and key members from throughout the Central Coast. More than 2000 people located in Santa Barbara and the Central Coast are served by the nonprofit per year, and the organization expects that number to expand over the next five years.
“We are grateful to have found a new home,” said Kristine Schwarz, Executive Director of New Beginnings. “It was a complicated and lengthy process, but now we can take New Beginnings to the next level. The need has never been greater, and the time is now. We look forward to expanding our partnerships and the number of people we serve.”
The four core programs of the organization are:
The Donald J. Wilfong Community Counseling Center
Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
Life Skills Parenting and Education Program
Safe Parking Program ®, nationally-recognized
“Most know our organization for the Safe Parking Program and our accessible counseling, but the services don’t stop there,” Schwarz added. “We ensure that folks have assistance with everything they need along the way, helping veterans, assisting in job placement, and navigating the complex Santa Barbara housing environment.”
New Beginnings has a track record of success going back five decades. Those who receive services at the new location will have broader access to the wraparound services offered by each of the four programs, combined with unique access to community partners and volunteers with on-site office hours.
“This center will make an impact on our community,” said New Beginnings Board President Jackie Kurta, a professional therapist. “For the first time, people in need can come to one site and get a full continuum of services to get them back on their feet. COVID-19 showed us all how fundamental mental health care is, as well as the need for safe housing and dependable resources.”
The new center is located at 530 East Montecito St. The office employs just over 30 people but is still looking to add members to the team. To learn how to make donations to support the new collaborative center or about job openings with the nonprofit, visit www.sbnbcc.org or call 805-963-7777.