Sarah House Santa Barbara

Sarah House: A Home for End-of-Life Care

aka AIDS Housing Santa Barbara   |   Santa Barbara, CA   |  www.sarahhousesb.org

Mission

Sarah House provides a beautiful home and end-of-life care for people of low income. It continues its original mission by providing for men and women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Additionally, it offers comfort and assistance to family and friends of its residents. It trusts that its work adds to the growing body of hospice wisdom. All of this is carried out with what is called "extraordinary kindness."

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Susan Murray

Main address

P.O. Box 20031

Santa Barbara, CA 93120-0031 USA

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Formerly known as

AIDS Housing Santa Barbara

Central Coast Congregate Care

EIN

77-0224415

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sarah House works daily to address two needs: the providing of a home and the highest quality care for low-income people who are at the end of their lives; continuing support for men and women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sarah House Santa Barbara

About Us: Sarah House is a beautiful eight-bedroom residential care facility for low-income individuals, located in Santa Barbara, California. We provide a home and holistic hospice care to those facing the end of life. We also provide care to those living with AIDS, whether end of life care or simply a home for regaining health. Since the height of the AIDS crisis we have cared for over 250 individuals living with AIDS, providing a home, medical care and often end of life care. Beginning January 1, 2005, we expanded our services to include holistic hospice care for the dying poor who are not HIV positive. Because we are licensed under the California Department of Social Services rather than the Department of Health, we are able to offer a cost effective, unique model of care. We integrate high-quality medical care into a warm, home-like environment. We attempt to satisfy each individual's physical, spiritual, and emotional needs to the best of our ability. Sometimes this means simply to offer the security of another persons "real presence" on a sleepless night. Often it means welcoming our residents' entire family for meals around our dining room table. Typically, it means providing precisely controlled pain management. Sometimes it means reuniting estranged family members for the final goodbye. Whatever it is, we do it with the love we would share with members of our own family. By these small actions, we create a space at Sarah House for miracles to occur.

Population(s) Served

Sarah House provides a home and round the clock care for low-income people in Santa Barbara County who are at the end of their lives and without a place to live and a capable and willing caregiver.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Sarah House

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Sarah House incorporates 1-2 Volunteers each morning to prepare individual breakfasts for each Resident and to provide meal time companionship of this is desired. Volunteers support fundraisers also.

Number of men and women who because of residency at Sarah House have the opportunity for a Good Death.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Sarah House

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Sarah House provides housing and care for approximately 70 men and women -- all low income and all of who are at the end of their lives.

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Sarah House

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Executive Director; Administrative Assistant; CPA Bookkeeper; Sarah House Manager

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Sarah House is to reduce the disparity between
those who have much and those who have little in order that at the end of their lives, everyone has the opportunity for a good death, with a place to live and skillful caregivers to attend to their needs.

1. Continuing to develop financial stability.

2. Enlarging proportion of individual donations.

3. Providing additional support for emotional needs of Sarah
House Staff.

4. Solidifying collaborations with other agencies that serve
those who are homeless.

5. Increasing number of Volunteers.

6. Working with Housing Authority and other local agencies
to predict best way to utilize Heath House, a current
asset requiring attention and vigilance.

Currently, Sarah House is in a good position. It has completed a series of fiscal years solidly in the black.
It has the benefit of a modest portfolio which it has not used for for the past four years. It has a strong Board of Directors which has recently attracted many new and already active Members. The project itself is running well with a Sarah House Manager at its helm, one who has worked for the organization since 2005. A recent assessment by the State of California, Department of Social Services, awarded it a 98/100 score.

Further, It is clear from the large attendance at both the Strategic Plan Community Partners Meeting as well as the 25th Annual Meeting that Sarah House has the interest and support of the greater community.

The Board, Staff and Volunteers are putting significant effort into a December 2nd fundraiser.

A program emphasizing Mindfulness Training is being organized for the Staff.

The question of "what to do with Heath House" in February, 2021, requires hard work before it can be responsibly answered.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Sarah House recently applied for and received a grant for a HVAC System. This was in response to many residents' sharing that their individual bedrooms temperatures depended on the general heating of the house. Individual residents wished that their bedroom temperatures were warmer or cooler.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Sarah House Santa Barbara

Board of directors
as of 10/1/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark Hamilton

Educator (retired)

Term: 2017 -

Linda Lorenzen

Realtor

Miyoko Kudo

Humanitarian

Mark Hamilton

Educator (retired)

Michael (Chris) Kane

Realtor

Michele Britton

Educator (retired)

Tino De Guevara

Educator

Laurie Leis

Non-Profit Executive Director

Jean Davis

Administrator

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/01/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data