Nonprofit of the Week: PATH Santa Barbara
Photo by Stacey J. Byers
Founded in Los Angeles in 1984, PATH Santa Barbara has grown into a very helpful Housing First organization that strives to meet the needs of Santa Barbara's homeless population. Their Housing First model calls for helping people in need find housing as quickly as possible before helping them face other challenges. After the client finds a roof to live under, PATH works with them to make sure they have what they need to remain in their new home. PATH's program in Santa Barbara upholds a "one-stop shop" model, designed to provide homeless people with the support they need - all under one roof.
PATH is very happy to be a part of the Santa Barbara community, where it works to rebuild lives and strengthen neighborhoods. With help from the community, PATH aims to help 10,000 people out of homelessness by 2020. You can help by donating here.
The picture above shows Ray "The Pirate," a true success story for PATH Santa Barbara. After almost 20 years of living in the streets of Isla Vista, Ray was able to complete a three month housing program, which required him to stay sober, take control of his finances, and commit to weekly meetings with counselors. Ray is now 61 years old and is conquering his life goals. With some help and encouragement, this pirate has set a new course!