Make a Donation: JLSB's Ventura (Thomas) Fire Disaster Relief Fund

In response to the devastation underway as a result of the Ventura (Thomas) Fire, the Junior League of Santa Barbara is committed to providing aid and support to those in need.

Most notably, we are asking our community to support the young women who live in our partner shelter in Ventura County who are being deeply affected by this fire.  These young victims of sex-trafficking and sex abuse were evacuated from their therapeutic rehabilitative shelter on Monday, 12/4.  

They are currently safely housed at a hotel and hope to be able to return home soon, but in the meantime, your support will help us:

  • Continue to ensure they have safe, temporary lodging and are not removed from their therapeutic program and returned to County Agencies (Probation, Child Welfare, Mental Health Svcs).

  • Assist with providing basic clothing needs in this cold weather. The young women were evacuated with no more than the clothes they were wearing.

  • Ensure they have nutritious meals and toiletries. These items are crucially important to their overall health, sense of confidence and self-care needs.

Having already been rescued from at least one traumatic situation, we can only imagine the fear and anxiety they are experiencing.  Your support makes all the difference in the lives of these young women.

We continue to work closely with the Administration of the Ventura County shelter in order to identify needs that we as a community can help support.  Should the funds raised via this campaign exceed the current needs of our partner shelter, remaining funds will be dedicated to other local Thomas Fire relief efforts.  

These tragic events only further emphasize the importance of therapeutic, rehabilitative shelter for victims of sex trafficking. 

Please click here to read more about JLSB’s work to address this community need, and thank you for your support.

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