This was my first time attending the JLSB holiday party and it was a blast! The country club was all decorated for Christmas and there were so many people in attendance. During the party, we got an update on S.A.F.E. House and had the official ribbon cutting! So exciting!
In spring of 2017, JLSB announced its new signature project: S.A.F.E. House Santa Barbara. S.A.F.E. House will be a 6-bed shelter, designed specifically to provide trauma-informed therapy and housing for victims of sex trafficking. Over the past 8 months, JLSB has secured a safe location for the house, partnered with 4 Kids 2 Kids, and has raised $150,000. What’s even more exciting is that S.A.F.E. House is almost ready to OPEN!! What we thought was going to be a much longer project and process, has developed so quickly and is almost ready to be open. Although I just joined back in August, I’m super excited to be a part of this amazing organization and to see S.A.F.E. House open. I know we are going to continue to do amazing work with this huge projects and many others within the community.
During the party we enjoyed appetizers, drinks, chatting with people and of course, taking lots of pictures! Such a great night.
If I’m being honest, the rest of the weekend was somewhat scary with the Thomas fire entering Santa Barbara County 😦 . Saturday Chris had to work and I ended up going to Ventura to get our Subaru serviced. Surprisingly, there was blue skies and clean air in Ventura. Driving back to SB was like driving into an apocalypse. There was so much smoke you couldn’t even see the ocean. We spent the rest of weekend indoors and kind of glued to the TV monitoring the fire and who was being evacuated next.
I saw this photo on Facebook today…
Santa Barbara normal vs. today – Lower photo taken on Dec. 8, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. (Kelsey Gerckens / KEYT.com).
SO. MUCH. SMOKE. This really gives you an idea of the air quality we’ve been experiencing along with the below photos from our house.
As for now, we don’t have to evacuate. Thank goodness. But, we made a packing list this weekend just in case we do have to evacuate. As the Girl Scout motto goes “always be prepared”. UCSB postponed finals until the week of January 8th and winter quarter is now going to start a week later on January 15th. Most students have vacated the area but unfortunately, staff is still working on campus 😦 . We’re keeping an eye on the evacuation map, general updates on the Thomas fire and just taking it day by day.
Wishing you all a great week. Please keep us, Santa Barbara and all those either working to stop/contain these fires or people impacted by the fire in your prayers. ❤ ❤