If you are a mom/mom-to-be in need of essential baby items, we can help. Please complete the application and make sure to include a list of what you need. We will review your application and basis of need, and do our best to provide you with what you seek. If you live outside of Santa Barbara County, California, then our ability to help you is limited to sending a care package of small items like clothes, blankets, toys, bottles, etc. If you live within Santa Barbara County then you need to arrange the pick up of your donation, which will be available in Santa Barbara. Pick ups are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays
Resources in Santa Barbara County:
The resources below may be helpful. Mothers’ Helpers, Inc. in no way endorses the specific sites or materials.
Carenet Santa Maria: www.carenetsm.com Offering free parenting classes and maternity and infant clothing.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC): www.cdph.ca.gov/PROGRAMS/WICWORKS Federally sponsored program through the California Department of Pubic Health available to low income pregnant, breastfeeding , and postpartum women and children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Providing coupons for milk, cheese, eggs, juice, formula, cereal, etc.
CalWORKS: www.ladpss.org/dpss/calworks California state-sponsored program provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with minor children who have income and property below State maximum limits for their family size.
Catholic Charities Santa Barbara Region: www.ccsbca.org Helps with emergency food, and they may have diaper assistance.
Foodstamps: www.dss.cahwnet.gov/foodstamps California Department of Social Services program providing cards to be used for the monthly purchase of food only.
Section 8 Rental Voucher Program Santa Barbara County: www.hasbarco.org Federal government program (HUD) housing subsidy for low income families to get affordable housing.
Villa Majella: www.villamajella.org Maternity home in Santa Barbara equipping and empowering pregnant women for the future by offering them through outreach programs pregnancy care, education, and guidance whether they choose to personally parent or lovingly select an adoptive home. Also providing residential housing for moms to be through 2 months post-partum.
St. Vincent’s Santa Barbara: www.stvincents-sb.org St. Vincent’s programs and services address homeless issues, provide affordable and quality childcare, and empower women and children for success through our emphasis on education and counseling. The PATHS program provides transitional housing and services for single mothers who are on welfare or whose incomes are at or below poverty level. Casa Alegria Children’s Center provides affordable, quality childcare services to infants, toddlers and preschoolers of working parents.
Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP): www.sbpep.org Available in Santa Barbara and Buellton, free support group for new parents providing weekly meetings, counseling information and education on postpartum distress.
First 5 Santa Barbara County: www.first5santabarbaracounty.org Unique public organization that improves the lives of children from prenatal through age 5. Their focus is on making sure that all children are born healthy and raised in nurturing homes and communities where they can grow up healthy, eager to learn and reach their full potential. Local helpful resources for pregnancy and parents are listed on their site.
Welcome Every Baby (WEB): www.welcomeverybaby.org Welcome Every Baby provides the help and support a new family may need. Welcomeverybaby.org is designed to help connect families with additional information and resources to help you do your most important job of all, raising your new baby. Welcome Every Baby Newborn Home Visiting Program is a free community service for all newborns and their families who live in Santa Barbara County. Their professional staff of nurses and infant home visitors is available to visit you in your home and call you between visits to provide help and information. They can help you with breastfeeding, caring for your baby and answer questions on how your child is learning and growing. They can help you if you are feeling sad or depressed or have questions or concerns about your well-being or the well-being of your baby. They can also help you connect to other local community services.
Santa Barbara County Public Health Department: www.sbcphd.org/family/mch Maternal Child Health (MCH) program assesses the needs of women, infants, children and adolescents, and coordinates and plans programs & services for this population. The program has the following focus: Provide mothers and children (especially those with low income or limited availability to services) access to quality maternal and child health services. Promote the health of mothers and infants by providing assistance with access to prenatal care for low-income, at-risk pregnant women, and to promote the health of children by providing assistance with access to preventive care for low-income children.