New Beginnings Counseling Center - Changing Lives... One Person at a Time

Last year, New Beginnings reached over 2,375 County residents, provided almost 4,000 counseling hours and housed or prevented eviction for 240 people. Our counselors and program staff provide psychological counseling and supportive services to low-income families and individuals in the Santa Barbara Community.

Imagine being in your 70’s and having too many health issues to continue working, but not enough income to pay for housing in the community you’ve lived in your whole life. Or being laid off in your 40’s with two small children and unable to find another job before you run out of savings. You eventually get desperate enough to take a few low-paying jobs but end up living in your car for a few months with your children while you save up enough to pay for rent and the security deposit on an apartment.

New Beginnings serves clients dealing with these challenges and more on a daily basis, providing them with the security and support they need to focus on rebuilding their health and their lives.

Hear what our clients are saying:

“I remember that first day [ in the car] really well. It was scary, depressing, and really… I just kept thinking, ‘How could this have possibly happened to you,’ and this mantra in my head just repeated over and over ‘I wanna go home.’ And I just kept avoiding this one thought in my head that said, you know, ‘Please. You don’t have a home to go back to.’… I think about it all the time, and I believe it’s gonna happen, and I am willing to keep going until it does. There’s no point in stopping here.”  -Ms. C

“I had no idea what a dark place I was in. I was so focused on trying to survive; I had tunnel vision, and was not even enjoying anything about life. I was in a very dark place and did not even know how depressed I was until I had this chance to get a place of my own and started coming out of my depression. This assistance truly saved my life.” –Mr. B

To donate to  New Beginnings, please click here:

Help us change lives today…

Help New Beginnings to prevent evictions and house people through our homeless programs, and provide access to counseling services for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay through our counseling programs. Our clients are given referrals for services and government assistance, as well as receiving help in searching for jobs and affordable housing.

20% of our budget each year ($238,000 in FY ’15-’16!)  is spent in direct financial assistance for housing costs and other vital services in the community to assist our clients.

Your gift will be used to support programs such as our low-cost counseling clinic and our Safe Parking program. It’s thanks to donors like you that we are able to keep these programs going.

New Beginnings Counseling Center is a 501(c)3 charitable organization serving the residents of Santa Barbara County. We serve low-income families and individuals, veterans, and the homeless and housing insecure in our community. New Beginnings connects individuals and families with the supportive services they need to get them back on track to become contributing members of our community. Your donation today is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Thank you!

Support New Beginnings

New Beginnings runs the Safe Parking program in Santa Barbara County, a model program serving the vehicular homeless that is being looked at as an example by many large cities across the nation. We were recently featured on KCET’s SoCal Connected:

Homelessness is still a big issue in Santa Barbara County, and our Safe Parking Program provides a safe place to sleep at night for over 135 people and helps clients locate housing and employment as well as facilitating access to services.

Safe Parking is short on funding for the next year. Help out today with a donation by adopting a spot for $2500, sponsoring a Safe Parking client for $250 or helping us provide food and gas cards for $50.  Thank you for supporting New Beginnings and your community.


Complete Your Internship or Training Hours With New Beginnings

New Beginnings Counseling Center’s Donald J. Willfong Community Counseling Clinic has an all-volunteer staff of counselors and supervisors. Our counselors are Masters or Doctoral-level interns completing intern and practicum hours towards licensure. Counselors are overseen through individual and/or group supervision by licensed clinicians who volunteer their time.

In addition, all counselors receive training through New Beginning’s 3-year track program where they will be educated on an overview of different clinical subjects and be allowed to go in-depth to study areas of particular interest to them as a cohort under the supervision of licensed clinicians.

If you are interested in completing internship or practicum hours with New Beginnings, or volunteering your time to supervise a masters- or doctoral-level intern, please contact our Clinical Director, Crystal Ramirez, at (805) 963-7777 x125 or


Accessible, low cost counseling services and homelessness support services are essential for those without financial means, private insurance, or government aid. The services provided at New Beginnings respond to an urgent and unequivocal need for shelter and emotional support for residents in our community who might not otherwise have access to care. New Beginnings partners with key agencies and organizations to provide evidence-based services and support to Santa Barbara’s most vulnerable residents at a fraction of the cost.

New Beginnings serves a caseload of clients with the highest levels of mental illness and widest array of clientele in the county, for the lowest sliding fee scale. We are truly the safety net counseling service for the county. Help us continue to provide these services by volunteering or completing your hours with New Beginnings Counseling Center.


To get in touch with our Clinical Director, Crystal Ramirez, call her office at (805) 963-7777 x125


New Beginnings Parking Program


You can make a donation for any amount by mailing a check to our clinic at:

New Beginnings Counseling Center 
Attn: Office Manager
324 East Carrillo Street, Suite C
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Alternatively, you can donate securely online by credit card or bank account, via PayPal, using the link below:


Special Event/ Fundraising Support

Help New Beginnings leading up to and on the day of our events to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Social Media/Website Interns

View Intern Descriptions:

Social Media Intern Position Description

Web Design Intern Position Description

For interest in any of the above volunteer opportunities, please call or write to our Development Office:
(805) 963-7777 ext 112


General Administrative/Office Support Volunteers for our Counseling Office.

Assist our Clinic and Office Staff with administrative tasks for our counseling clinic. Obtain experience working in a nonprofit, counseling, and office environment.

For interest in providing administrative support for our agency or counseling clinic, please contact our Office Manager at:
(805) 963-7777 ext 111 for additional information


For Homeless Outreach Program: Vehicles, Automobile Repair/Mechanic Gift Certificates, New auto parts, Grocery Store Gift Cards, Veterinarian Gift Certificates.

For Counseling Clinic:  New carpeting, paint, drapery & wall hangings Indoor plants, plant stands Floor and table lamps New/gently-used office furniture for individual therapy rooms.

For Community Relations Outreach: Raffle and auction items for fundraising events. New and/or gently used and laundered blankets, winter coats, scarves, children’s toys for the holidays, hygiene products, bicycles, bus passes.

New Beginnings Counseling Center is a 501(c)3 charitable organization serving the residents of Santa Barbara County. Your donation today is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. Thank you for your support!