NEW BEGINNINGS BASKS IN NATIONAL PRESS
Los Angeles Times Article on ‘Living out of a car amid lap of luxury’
Kathy is a senior citizen, Marva is a nurse, Santiago is a chef and Luis is an eighth-grade student.
All of them live in Santa Barbara with one thing in common.
When night falls, they head to designated parking lots and sleep in their vehicles, all clients in the region’s Safe Parking program.
“I was always into December and making the house wonderfully warm and beautiful,” said Kathy, whose holiday celebration is somewhat more austere these days. “I’ve got some little lights on the ceiling of the RV, and I got out my mom’s old snow globe, with a music box on it.”
Kathy is 65 and her longtime companion and RV-mate Phil is 74. Like so many others, they live on the edge in California, where high housing prices have pushed thousands of people to un-imagined extremes.
Living in a vehicle is obviously better than living in a tent or a box — it’s a kind of middle-class homelessness. But in affluent Santa Barbara and elsewhere, the ever-present convoys are another sign of growing income inequality and one of the state’s most vexing problems — even working people can barely afford to live in many parts of California.
The full article entitled “Living out of a car amid lap of luxury,” can be currently found at
www.latimes.com/local/c alifornia/la-me-lopez-safe-par king-20171224-story.html
New Beginnings Counseling Center’s Safe Parking Program Featured in
Rolling Stone Magazine Article on ‘Recession’s Middle Class Casualties’
New Beginnings Counseling Center once again receives national attention for its Safe Parking Program™ which helps middle class families struggling to regain their footing in today’s difficult economy. The program’s unique approach to dealing with homelessness maintains its commitment to helping the homeless find housing and employment.
The Safe Parking Program™, often regarded a model program by international media examining the homelessness crisis, has been featured by NBC Nightly News, NPR, PBS, CNN, People Magazine and the Larry King Show. “Our mission,” says Executive Director Kristine Schwarz “is to provide the support services necessary for all members of our community to thrive. This particular program aims to empower the non-traditional homeless and provide the level of stability they need to make positive change.”
“The individuals and families who are served by the Safe Parking Program™ are not only homeless,” adds Roslyn Scheuerman, one of the program’s two case managers. “They are refugees from the American Dream.” The program, founded in 2004, provides case management and outreach to the homeless population and safe overnight parking to individuals and families living in their vehicles. In 2010-2011, the program served over 800 people. “The Cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta and the County of Santa Barbara have been tremendously supportive of the program since its inception,” said Schwarz. “Without government contracts and grants, the program would be without funding.”
The article entitled “The Recession’s Middle-Class Casualties,” can currently be found at www.rollingstone.com
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 Development and Communications Manager, Gabriella Forrester, with all press and media inquiries. 805-963-7777 x112
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
New Beginnings Counseling Center Receives
Outstanding Community Partner Award
Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara Recognizes Long-Time Partner
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara awarded local non-profit New Beginnings Counseling Center with its prestigious 2014 Outstanding Community Partner Award. Robert G. Pearson, Executive Director and CEO of the Housing Authority presented the award to the non-profit’s Board of Directors’ President, Diane Pannkuk and Executive Director, Kristine Schwarz, at the agency’s January board meeting.
“The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara is lucky to have New Beginnings as a partner agency in service to our low income households in the community,” shared Mr. Pearson. “Their counseling programs are outstanding—providing everything from one-on-one counseling to our senior clients in distress to young mothers and fathers who need help in developing their parenting skills. We have worked with New Beginnings for over six years and are continually impressed with the quality of their staff, program and services. They help us be “more than just housing” to low income seniors, disabled persons and families in Santa Barbara.”
New Beginnings staffs the Supportive Services Program for the Housing Authority. The goal of the Supportive Services Program is to improve the quality of life of low-income families and individuals, with an emphasis on promoting independence, well-being, and self-sufficiency. New Beginnings provides more than two thousand case management hours each year through the program working to connect clients to housing, healthcare, counseling, employment services, senior services, and in-home supportive care. More than just bricks and mortar, the program was first designed by the Housing Authority as a rare innovation focused on the success of its residents. New Beginnings also provides housing case management assistance through its Safe Parking and Supportive Services for Veteran Families Programs.
“New Beginnings is honored to be recognized for the agency’s efforts to help the most vulnerable among us to thrive,” says Ms. Schwarz. “I am so proud of the dedication, commitment and work ethic of our staff and of our partners at the Housing Authority.” Feedback from the Housing Authority’s staff who all voted on the award recipient includes, “They do a spectacular job in their field of work. Not only do they help, but they do it with compassion and patience for our clients” and “New Beginnings has been a close partner of the Housing Authority. They also do a lot in the community to help vulnerable populations including veterans and those living in their vehicles. They are an excellent partner and deserving of our recognition.”