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THRIVE is a working partnership of public schools, government agencies, businesses, public charities, private foundations and other stakeholders who have come together with the goal of achieving systemic change to ensure the success of ALL children in Santa Barbara County.

THRIVE’s mission is to ensure a prosperous Santa Barbara County by aligning community resources to improve the lives of young people from cradle to career. By using data, we will support our communities to develop common goals and identify effective practices.

To get involved with THRIVE, check out their THRIVE action team in Isla Vista and their website.

Contact: LuAnn Miller, Executive Director
Isla Vista Youth Projects, Inc.
6842 Phelps Road
Goleta, CA 93117


The Unity Shoppe

The Unity Shoppe is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation that encourages self-sufficiency and independence by providing education and the necessities of life to families, children, seniors and persons with disabilities. These necessities are provided in a dignified manner without regard to political affiliation, religious belief or ethnic identity.

The Unity Shoppe is the largest, single direct distributor of food, clothing and basic necessities in Santa Barbara County.

The Unity Shoppe’s “Central Distribution Facility” serves the low-income clients of 300 non-profit organizations, social service agencies, churches, schools and hospitals.  Over 22,000 unduplicated people are referred for food, clothing, school supplies, furniture and basic necessities.Unity Shoppe operates a year-round “Free” grocery and clothing store so people can shop with dignity for their basic needs.

To contact the Unity Shoppe.

Corporate Offices & Mailing Address:
110 West Sola Street  Santa Barbara, CA 93101 
Phone: (805) 965-4122   ~    Toll Free: (800) 252-8542 
Fax: (805) 963-0950  ~
Business Hours: Monday - Friday   10 AM - 6 PM

Client Services:   
1401 Chapala Street   Santa Barbara, CA 93101 
Phone: (805) 965-4122   ~   Toll Free: (800) 252-8542 
Office Hours:   Monday - Friday   10 AM - 6 PM

Donation  Drop Off:  (NEW SITE)
1401 Chapala Street   Santa Barbara, CA 93101 
Phone: (805) 965-4122
Warehouse Hours:  Monday - Friday   10 AM - 6 PM

Retail Store Gift Shoppe:
1219 State Street   Santa Barbara, CA 93101 
Direct Store Number: (805) 564-4402

 Business Hours:  
Monday - Friday   10 AM - 6 PM

Saturday  11 AM - 6 PM

General Information: 




For more information check out the Unity Shoppe's website.

Cal Fresh

CalFresh is a federal government nutrition program designed to supplement the food budget of eligible individuals and families. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at markets and grocery stores using a card that works just like a bank or a debit card.

You may be eligible for this if you or someone in your household has a Social Security number and your household income is below a certain level ($1,180 for 1 person; $1,594 for 2 people; $2,008 for 3 people; $2,422 for 4 people; and so on).
For the purposes of this program, a household is defined as a unit that “buys and prepares food together” (individual roommates who don’t buy and prepare food together are considered separate households).

If you would like to learn whether you’re eligible and receive help with the application process, you can contact the family advocate for CalFresh at Santa Barbara Foodbank, Amy Lopez, by calling (805) 967-5741 ext. 115 or emailing

Detailed information can be found at

Section 8 Housing

The housing choice voucher program (formerly called the Section 8 Program) is the federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.

Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. The Housing Authority receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family's choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family's present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the Housing Authority.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the Housing Authority on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

For more information, visit the Santa Barbara location website at:

Isla Vista Youth Projects

Isla Vista Youth Projects​  offers educational, social, and recreational programs to serve the families and children in the community.

Isla Vista Children’s Center
3 months to 6 years of age, low-cost childcare is offered at the state-licensed center. Free breakfast, hot lunch, and snacks are provided as part of the “Green Childcare” certified program.

The State Preschool Program: 3-4 years old, a program designed to help students transition into kindergarten.

The After School Kinder Program: Kindergarteners, after school care and full day care during the summer offered.

After School Program: Elementary aged children, educational and enrichment activities, snacks provided. Homework assistance, library time, computer time, tutoring, and afterschool “clubs” offered.

Summer Program: various summer programs offered to many ages. *scholarships available for these programs.

For more information, call (805) 968-0488

Family Resource Center Monthly
Health presentations and food distribution, an emergency food pantry, English as Second Language (ESL) classes for community families, transportation to WIC appointments.

On-going parent education classes to help parents in the areas of discipline, communication, and health and safety.

Family Fun Nights, group support (parent education, on-going classes, peer support and group counseling) as well as individual support (resource & referral, assistance on forms, distribution of goods, individual counseling and case management) to families.

Free child care is provided to participating families.

For more information, email: website:

Right to Sight: free eyecare & eyeglasses

Free eye exams
Santa Barbara Vision Care Program: clinics offered P. 805-963-3303 Dr. Barry Mast, O.D.: appointments based on availability P. 805-884-8465 Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory: P. 805-965-0098 *if you have a valid prescription that is less than a year old you do not need an exam to receive new eyeglasses

Pick up a gift certificate from the Non-traditional Student Resource Center or the Women’s Center front desk for your free eyeglasses. Take the certificate to SB Eyeglass factory at:

1 S. Milpas St.
Santa Barbara

to get eyeglasses made at no charge.

For more information, P. 805-965-0098


The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, mothers with infants and young children eat well, be active and stay healthy.

To participate in the program you must:

  • Live in Santa Barbara County

  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age, just had a baby in the past 6 months, have children under 5 years of age

  • Have a family income within WIC income guidelines

To contact WIC, please call (877) 275-8805, or visit the Santa Barbara WIC website at: