Established in 2000, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County (Habitat for Humanity SSBC) is a local nonprofit committed to building strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. We partner with low-income individuals and families in Southern Santa Barbara County to build or improve a place to call home. Homeowners build alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. By the end of 2018, Habitat for Humanity SSBC will have built 22 new homes for 84 people, 50% of which are children, as well as help re-build and repair 150 homes across Santa Barbara’s South county.ReStore
Habitat for Humanity SSBC operates a ReStore, a social enterprise entity serving as a home improvement store that helps builds homes. The ReStore is a donation center that is open to the public, and sells new and gently used home improvement goods, at a fraction of the retail price. All sales fund local programs.
In response to the January 2018 Montecito Debris Flow, Habitat for Humanity SSBC supported disaster recovery by mobilizing nearly 2,000 volunteers to support approximately 110 devastated homes in the area – rebuilding neighborhoods and transforming communities. Habitat for Humanity SSBC’s work is made possible from the generosity and dedication of donors, volunteers, and community partners.
Our Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Our Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.
All Are Welcome: We welcome volunteers and supporters to help serve people in need of decent housing regardless of race, religion, age, gender, political views or any of the other distinctions that too often divide people.
Meet Habitat for Humanity SSBC’s Board and Staff Members
Board of Directors
Paul Wilson, President
Dean Given, Vice President & Secretary
Chris Greco, Treasurer
Jessica Wishan – CEO
Ruairi Bateson – ReStore Manager
Liz Beebe – Program Innovations Manager
Ben Bradley – Construction Manager
Fiona Brennan – Director of Finance and Operations
Joel Delgado – ReStore Assistant Manager
Alexandra Hamill – Grants Manager
Jack Hyland – AmeriCorps National Service Member
Danica Marter – AmeriCorps VISTA Service Member
Lauren Winnewisser- Director of Development and Communications