The Mental Wellness Center understands that racism undermines mental health. Therefore, we are committed to anti-racism in all that we do and remain committed to working against individual racism, interpersonal racism, and institutional racism in all their forms.
This year has been like no other and while the pandemic has impacted us all in more ways than one, the Mental Wellness Center has adapted our services so that we may continue to serve the residents of Santa Barbara County.

Here's what we've been up to:

  • Our Fellowship Club continues to support our members with safe, socially distanced emotional support, and a warm meal. Since March, the Mental Wellness Center has provided close to 75 lunches daily, totaling more than 8,000 meals served.
  • More than 110 community members are keeping safe in our housing and getting resources and support they need.
  • Since February, our Employment Services program has supported many clients, helping them find competitive integrated employment within the community. Many of these individuals have served as essential workers during the pandemic.
  • Our Family Advocate continues to assist families who are trying to understand and deal with the impact of serious mental health disorders in their family and provides assistance in understanding and navigating the local public and private mental health systems. During this time, our Family Advocate is receiving many calls to support caregivers through this time of isolation and increased familial responsibility, and has turned to Zoom to offer weekly support groups virtually.
  • All of our Youth Programming has fully adapted to a virtual platform and continues to expand to meet the growing needs of our community. Currently, trained volunteers are delivering our Mental Health Matters curriculum to classrooms across the County. And, our Wellness Connection Council, which is the newest program of the Mental Wellness Center, welcomed 60 local high school students to the program. The Wellness Connection program promotes leadership and aims to educate and empower students who raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health.
  • NAMI has gone virtual and continues to offer weekly support groups and classes to the community. For more information on NAMI visit:

Give the gift of hope this holiday season.

It is your ongoing support that makes it possible for us to continue to provide safe programming, education, and housing to our community.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Mental Wellness Center today.

The Mental Wellness Center has changed my life. I am thankful for the connection they provide which allows me to feel less alone and more supported.
- Thomas, a member of the Fellowship Club
Thanks to the Mental Wellness Center, I have a place to call home. I am thankful to their staff who have made me feel safe. I have hope.
- Chris, a client in our Residential Services Program
The Mental Health Matters program helped my students come together for a common cause. They learned how to discuss and cope with mature issues, which reduced the stigma surrounding mental health issues. I witnessed the level of compassion in my students really grow during our two-week program. I plan to participate in the program every year.
- Jackie, Teacher at Washington Elementary
Mental health education is important to young people because we need to learn about issues, resources, and how to help other people. I think that learning about it at a younger age is important because it can prepare you for coping with your own mental health and you can learn how to support your friends and family if they need help later on.
- Natalie, Wellness Connection Council Member

Gift of HOPE for the Future

As important as current gifts are to sustain our vital programs right now, the Mental Wellness Center is also seeking to serve all who will need our services in the future. That is why we are building reserves and endowment with “forever gifts” from our supporters and recognizing these visionary legacy commitments with membership in our honorary Circle of HOPE.

Did you know there are many ways to leave a legacy of mental wellness in our community with no money out of pocket now? The simplest way is to name the Mental Wellness Center as a beneficiary of any of the following:

  • Your will and/or living trust
  • Your IRA or other retirement account
  • An insurance policy you no longer need
  • Your checking or savings account, with a “Payable on Death” (POD) provision
  • Your investment account, with a “Transfer on Death” (TOD) provision

You may request our handout on recommended bequest language or a wills guide by emailing Amanda Conroy, Development & Marketing Director, at If you have questions, she can also arrange a complimentary phone consultation with our Planned Giving Consultant, Pat Snyder.

And a reminder that a current gift now of appreciated securities or a rollover gift from your IRA are very tax-wise ways to do your year-end giving. Your planned gift, current or deferred, will sustain HOPE for the mental wellness of all in our community who need our services. And you will have the holiday satisfaction of knowing you are leaving a meaningful personal legacy!

Other Ways to Give

The Mental Wellness Center offers many ways for you to show your support. Find out which one is best for you:

If you would like to speak to someone directly in regards to your donation, please contact:

Amanda Conroy
Development & Marketing Director