• Santa Barbara County Nonprofits Collaborate to Meet Critical Needs of Isolated Seniors During COVID-19

    Santa Barbara County, CA (April 28, 2020) – Many of our older community members, particularly those living alone, are not receiving the support they need during the coronavirus pandemic. To address this gap, several nonprofits in Santa Barbara County have collaborated to identify isolated seniors and connect them to essential services or critical needs, such as food and supplies.

    Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County, also known as the Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center and Guadalupe’s Little House by the Park, leads the consortium.  Partners include the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Center for Successful Aging, Community Action Commission, Carpinteria Children’s Project, Community Partners in Caring, Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center, Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization, and Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People. 

    “During California’s stay at home order, older Californians rely on friends and neighbors to help them obtain basic necessities like groceries and prescriptions,” said FSA’s Executive Director, Lisa Brabo. “We are here to help those who might otherwise not have a consistent safety net of support to receive needed food and supplies.”

    The provision of culturally competent outreach and assistance is a grass-roots effort, community by community.  To obtain assistance, call the Senior Connection at 805-925-9554.

    The project was initiated with an initial funding consortium of the James S. Bower Foundation, Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, and an anonymous donor, and has received additional funding from the Zegar Family Foundation.  To make a donation, contact Family Service Agency at 805-965-1001 x 256 or visit FSAcares.org.