"I Believe in Unity"
If we help with "basic needs" we can prevent "homelessness and welfare dependency". No progress is possible without shelter, food and clothing.
By supplementing these basic necessities, people have the ability to pay their rent and utilities. Then, they are able to move their lives forward. The Unity Shoppe also teaches volunteers office and computer skills, merchandising, inventory control and customer relations as we prepare people for future job opportunities.
More than 22,000 people are referred yearly by more than 300 non-profit agencies, churches, schools and hospitals. By providing a central distribution facility available to all non-profits we can eliminate duplication and save countless dollars. This makes it possible to help more people with better and more consistent support services.
Unity Shoppe operates a year-round “Free” grocery and clothing store so people can shop with dignity for their basic needs. Over 1,700 volunteers help a small staff of 15. Over $2 Million in merchandise is distributed annually.
Our Heroes, Our Friends, Our Neighbors, Our Community.
A Special "tribute" to those who have participated in extraordinary ways to help Children, the Elderly/Disabled and Low-Income Families throughout Santa Barbara County
KEYT3 TV –Cox Communications – KCOY12 TV – Santa Barbara News-Press
SB Motorcycle Toy Run – Bank of America – Bank of the West – Citrix – Community West Bank – Deckers – Gelsons – Hutton Foundation – Jackson Foundation – McDonalds – Montecito Bank and Trust – Montecito Union – Oreana Winery – Orfalea Foundation – Outhwaite Foundation – Rabobank – Ralphs – San Marcos Kids Helping Kids – Volentine Foundation – Santa Barbara Association of Realtors – Santa Barbara Foundation – Union Bank – Wells Fargo Bank – Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians – Towbes Group – Towbes Foundation – Venoco – Vons – Wood-Claeyssens Foundation – Yardi
Kenny Loggins – Don Katich – Jelinda & Barry DeVorzon – Kenny Kahn – Anne and Michael Towbes – Peter and Natalie Noone – Bui and Herb Simon – Herb Kendall – Marcia and John Goldman – Oprah Winfrey – Annette and Harold Simmons