Source: Unity Shoppe
Unity Shoppe, Inc. represented by Kathy Hughes of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, closed on the sale of Barbara Tellefson’s historic home, La Casa Nichita, located at 679 Mission Canyon Road in Santa Barbara. The historic adobe, originally built by landscape artist Fernand Lungren, was occupied by Ms. Tellefson for over 35 years and served as the location of many Unity Shoppe staff events, celebrations and volunteer recognition luncheons over the years.
Ms. Tellefson actively focused on volunteer work in Santa Barbara beginning in the 1960s, by joining Pearl Chase at the Council of Christmas Cheer, which was later renamed Unity Shoppe in 1987. From its humble beginnings over a century ago through today, the nonprofit has been providing critical assistance programs, provisions, and resources that directly support low-income families, seniors, people with disabilities, and disaster victims.
The death of Ms. Tellefson in late 2020 was a loss for the entire community, but it was felt most deeply at Unity Shoppe. Tom Reed, Unity’s current Executive Director, remarked, “Barbara dedicated her time, talent and treasure to make certain that we would be one of the premier charities of our town; we feel honored and stay focused on carrying her legacy and mission forward every day.”
While the founder generously left her long time home [La Casa Nichita] to the nonprofit she helped found, the property carried a large mortgage which made maintaining ownership an impossibility.
To further ease the financial burden on Unity Shoppe, Kathy Hughes, a proud supporter of the organization for over 40 years, has donated a substantial portion of her commission in support of its mission and work. “I am honored to donate to this amazing local charity with my commission proceeds so it can continue to provide for the people of our Community with dignity and respect and by offering them choice in what they receive,” said Ms. Hughes.
It would please Ms. Tellefson to know that the remaining proceeds from the sale will be used to further Unity’s mission in support of those in need living in Santa Barbara County.
To learn more about Unity Shoppe or to donate, please go to UnityShoppe.org.