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Youth Mental Health First Aid Summer Training Schedule Unveiled

Youth Mental Health First Aid Summer Training Schedule Unveiled

School may be out soon, but mental health is in! Parents, teachers, and Santa Barbara County professionals who work with youth ages 12-18 are encouraged to participate in a free, upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid training. The popular course teaches participants...

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Cooking Up Dreams Fundraiser Transitions Due to COVID

Cooking Up Dreams Fundraiser Transitions Due to COVID

Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, Family Service Agency (FSA) is pivoting its annual Cooking Up Dreams event, to a fundraiser and drawing for gift certificates to local restaurants and wineries that have previously supported the event. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit mental health counseling and family support services for at-risk children, families and seniors provided by FSA, Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center, and Guadalupe’s Little House By The Park.

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COVID-19 Scams Target Seniors

COVID-19 Scams Target Seniors

Unfortunately, millions of elderly Americans fall victim to some type of financial fraud. Scam artists are opportunists that exploit the fear, social isolation, and uncertainty fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an emotional time that makes us more vulnerable than...

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We Stand With Those Fighting for a Just and Equitable World

We Stand With Those Fighting for a Just and Equitable World

The murder of George Floyd and the resulting events unfolding across the nation this past week force us to confront the painful truths of racial injustice and inequity experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. 

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Helping Children Cope with COVID-19 Stress

Helping Children Cope with COVID-19 Stress

While it is important to recognize and address our own feelings, we need to be cognizant of the trauma our children may also be experiencing during COVID-19. Dealing with these feelings now can make us all more resilient when things work their way back to normalcy.

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Nonprofits Collaborate to Meet  Critical Needs of Isolated Seniors During COVID-19

Nonprofits Collaborate to Meet Critical Needs of Isolated Seniors During COVID-19

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.

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