The AmeriCorps workers and the United Way have been called vital in the process to understand the needs and find solutions.

As part of a graduation ceremony, honors have been handed out to those helping the homeless through programs coordinated by AmeriCorps throughout Santa Barbara County. The efforts were wide ranging including those who work directly on the streets, and others who are in services that can provide health, employment or housing aid. They gathered in the clubhouse at Cachuma Lake, and brought in workers from Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Goleta, Lompoc, Buellton, Santa Ynez and Santa Maria.

Many members of the honored group have specific skills to connect to those in need and determine the best course of action to restore a quality of life. Some are trained in conflict resolutions, supportive funding sources, housing, child care, veterans services, and reentry after serving time.

As part of the luncheon ceremony, special certificates were handed out by Supervisor Steve Lavagnino, Supervisor Das Williams, and Carson Link with the office of State Senator Monique Limon (D-19th District).

Program Director Katie Hughes said to the group, “I am so proud of all the work that you have done and the impact you make in the community every single day.”

AmeriCorps members serve county wide at these partner agencies:The Sanctuary Centers, Good Samaritan Shelter, SB County Public Defender’s, Probation, Report and Resource Center, LAGS Recovery Center, Dept. of Social Services, Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County, Home for Good Agency, YMCA Youth and Family Services