New Beginnings in the News

New Beginnings Counseling Center and its programs have been featured locally and regionally in print, online and broadcast media and nationally on NBC Nightly News, NPR, PBS, CNN and even the Larry King Show, among others.

Below are links to recent articles.

Please contact our Development and Communications Manager with all press and media inquiries. 805-963-7777 x112


November 2020 – Noozhawk – From Its Start, New Beginnings Counseling Center Has Adapted to Community Needs

May 2020 – Noozhawk – Local Mental Health Nonprofits Stepping Up to Help with COVID-19-Related Stress

May 2020 – The Independent – Multiagency Pandemic Response Feeds Vulnerable, Saves Chefs, and Protects Food Chain

April 2020 – KEYT – New Beginnings sees spike in food needs among homeless veterans, people living in cars

March 2020 – Noozhawk – Nightly Safe Parking Program Expanding to North County for ‘Vehicular’ Homeless

February 2020, edhat – Community Helps Decorate New Veteran Housing (Johnson Court)


December 2019, CNN- Living in her car, she was afraid and harassed. Then she found an unexpected refuge

May 2019, Department of Veterans Affairs – VA Homeless Veterans Outreach Article Featuring SSVF

January 2019, Santa Barbara Independent – Short-Changing Homeless Programs Spells Doom


April 2018, CARF International – Program repurposes empty parking lots to serve homeless population 

March 2018, Le Monde – Fr- Aux Etats-Unis, des parkings pour Les victimes de la crises du Logement

March 2018, CNN- Helping America’s mobile homeless

March 2018, Mountain View Voice- Safe parking: City looks to Santa Barbara

March 2018, Mountain View Voice- Churches to offer safe parking for RV dwellers

March 2018, Curbed- High Housing Costs and Long Commutes Drive More Workers to Sleep in Cars

March 2018, Noozhawk- Care Bags Donated to Help Homeless Seniors

March 2018, 89.33 KPCC- LA church greenlights overnight parking for some homeless

January 2018, KCLU- How To Cope With Impacts Of Flooding And Fire That Are Hitting South Coast

January 2018, Financial Buzz- Residents Live in Cars Due to Housing Crisis in California

January 2018, Surviving Sacramento- Bay Area Cities are Looking for a Solution for their Increased RV Issue

January 2018, The Western Journal- Amazing Dashcam Video Reveals True Reality of Homelessness in California’s Largest City

January 2018, CNBC- As California’s housing crisis worsens, more residents are forced to sleep in their cars

January 2018, Yahoo! Finance- As California’s housing crisis worsens, more residents forced to sleep in cars

January 2018, The Western Journal- Amazing Dashcam Video Reveals True Reality of  Homelessness in California’s Largest City


December 2017, American Thinker- How the homeless in Los Angeles spent Christmas

December 2017, Marianas Variety- FEATURE: Living in a parking lot amid Santa Barbara’s wealth is a kind of middle-class homelessness

December 2017, UK Daily Mail- Welcome to Skid Row 2017: Shocking scale of homelessness in downtown LA is exposed in footage showing sidewalks lined with dozens of tents in deprived area where 20,000 people live on the streets

December 2017, UK Daily Mail- California’s hidden homeless: Teachers, chefs, nurses and other middle class workers living in cars in parking lots because of the state’s crazy property prices

December 2017, Los Angeles Times-  Living in a parking lot amid Santa Barbara’s wealth is a kind of middle-class homelessness

December 2017, Mercury News- Bay Area cities face growing crisis as RVs become homes of last resort

December 2017, Daily Democrat- California housing crises drives people to live in their RVs

November 2017, KEYT- Veterans recommended for jobs by retired Army Colonel in Santa Barbara

November 2017, NoozHawk – Self-sufficiency Program Grads Celebrate with Community Partners

November 2017, Noozhawk – Carbajal Bill Seeks to Clear Housing Obstacle for Disabled Vets

October 2017, NoozHawk – New Beginnings Honors Glenn and Amy Bacheller as 2017 ‘Community Champions’

September 2017, Edhat Santa Barbara- New Beginnings Counseling Center Will Honor 2017 Community Champions At Changing Lives Gala

September 2017, Independent – City Ordinance Against Oversized Vehicles Takes Effect

August 2017, AARP – Where We Live, Help When a Car is Also a Home

June 2017, Santa Ynez Valley News – County Probation Department receives $975K grant to assist veterans

March 2017, KEYT – Non-Profit Seeks Daytime Parking Spaces for People Living in Oversized Vehicles

March 2017, Noozhawk – Why Basic Items Are Needed Items, Even in Santa Barbara County

March 2017, Independent –  Daytime Parking Sought by Shelter Program

March 2017, Noozhawk – Healthy Turnout at Franklin Center Fitness Fair

March 2017, KEYT – Non-profit seeks daytime parking spaces for people living in oversized vehicles

February 2017, Moyers & Company – Homeless in the Shadows of Santa Barbara’s Mansions

February 2017, Santa Barbara Independent – NonProfit Seeks Property Owners to Share Daytime Parking Lots for Displaced RVs

January 2017, NoozHawk – Project Seeks Better Access to Health Care for MediCal Recipients

January 2017, NoozHawk – Santa Barbara’s New Oversized Vehicle Committee Discusses Enforcement, Daytime RV Parking Options


December 2016, Capital & Main – Safe Parking for Santa Barbara’s Homeless 

December 2016, The Nation – Homeless in the Shadow of Santa Barbara’s Mansions

November 2016, KEYT – Safe Program Extends Helping Hand to Seniors Living in their Cars

October 2016, NoozHawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Honors ‘Community Champions” Gary and Mary Becker

October 2016, NoozHawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Celebrates Mission of Changing Lives at Annual Gala

October 2016, Santa Barbara News-Press – Homeless Veteran Out of Luck Even Before RV Ban Corrected

October 2016, Santa Barbara Independent – Santa Barbara Bans RV Parking: Council Adopts Citywide Ban on RV Parking

October 2016, NoozHawk – Santa Barbara Votes to Ban On-Street Parking for Oversized Vehicles Including RVs

October 2016, Montecito Journal – Seen Around Town: New Beginnings Changing Lives Gala

October 2016, Long Beach Post – “Safe Parking” Study Aimed at Vehicle-Dwelling Residents Approved by Long Beach City Council 

September 2016, Santa Barbara Independent – Nothing EZ About Living In an RV

September 2016, NPR – For Some Seniors Without Housing, A Parking Lot Is Home

September 2016, NoozHawk – VetNet Collaboration Helps Local Veterans Access Crucial Resources 

August 2016, California Health Report- Safe Parking Programs Offer a Respite for the Homeless

August 2016, Montecito Journal, – Seen Around Town: New Beginnings Salute to Lois Capps

August 2016, NoozHawk – St. Francis Foundation Awards $940,000 in Grants for Community Health to 18 South Coast Nonprofits

July 2016, NoozHawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Pays Tribute to Rep. Capps, Photos From the Event

July 2016, NoozHawk – New Beginnings Counseling Center Salutes Congresswoman Lois Capps

July 2016, Santa Barbara Independent – New Beginnings Counseling Center and Lois Capps Salute Each Other

May 2016, Los Angeles Times – A Santa Barbara ‘safe parking’ program for homeless people may be coming to L.A

March 2016, Mountain View Voice – Car-dwelling homeless inspire church copycats


December 2015, Santa Maria Sun – A Home for the Holidays: Santa Barbara County non-profits strive to house homeless veterans

November 2015, Montecito Journal – Seen Around Town: New Beginnings Changing Lives Gala


October 2014, Al Jazeera America – Mobile homes: Many ‘hidden homeless’ Americans living in vehicles

April 2014, National Veterans Foundation – Program Provides Assistance to Veteran Families in Danger of Losing Housing 


November 2012, NoozHawk – Housing Authority Program Helps Local Families Achieve ‘Self-Sufficiency’

September 2012, ABC –  Expensive Cities Allowing People to Sleep in their Cars

May 2012, Santa Barbara Independent – Evicted Low Income Tenants Look for New Homes

April 2012, Goleta Likely to Allow RV Camping


October 2008, AARP Bulletin-Why Are More Older Americans Sleeping in Their Cars

June 2008, The Guardian – Sleeping Rough in Santa Barbara