Tag archives: new beginnings

Defining ‘War Words’
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 31, 2023

The nonprofit New Beginnings has turned its focus toward ending veteran homelessness in the county by the close of 2025 through its Supportive Services for Veteran Families program that works to transition currently unhoused veterans back into stable housing and assist those whose housing situation is threatened. But in addition to putting its money where […]

New Beginnings Counseling Center Opens New Location
By Joanne A Calitri   |   June 20, 2023

Santa Barbara’s New Beginnings Counseling Center (SBNBCC) held its grand opening with a ribbon cutting reception on Friday, June 9, at its new location, 530 East Montecito Street, Suite 101. The event was well attended, with noted state and local politicians – Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA24), Senator Monique Limón, First District Supervisor Das Williams, District […]

New Beginnings
By Steven Libowitz   |   June 13, 2023

When New Beginnings began serving Santa Barbara as a nonprofit half a century ago, providing confidential, therapeutic psychological testing, assessment, and counseling to low-income individuals and families in the greater Santa Barbara area was its core mission. Experienced masters-and-doctoral-level counselors support clients exploring life transitions, relationship issues, and any number of other concerns – including […]

Common Table Foundation
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 31, 2023

While the world enters its new “normal,” the need to break bread with one another, both metaphorically and literally, is more welcome than ever. The sharing of conversation over food is a bonding act between people as old as civilization itself and with State Street now a bustling pedestrian thoroughfare, it is the ideal time […]

A Brilliant Thing Coming to Town
By Steven Libowitz   |   September 27, 2022

Every Brilliant Thing starts off as the story of a seven-year-old boy whose mother has been hospitalized with suicidal depression. In an effort to lift her spirits, he begins creating a list of the joys of life from his perspective, from ice cream, water fights, and badgers, to, as time goes by, Christopher Walken’s voice, […]

New Beginnings Hosting Two Fundraisers, Including Gala With Popular Author
By Nick Masuda   |   September 23, 2021

New Beginnings is hosting a pair of events over the next two weeks to shine a light on its ongoing quest to address homelessness in Santa Barbara County, including its Annual Fundraiser Gala on September 30 at the Santa Barbara Club. The gala will feature an interview from local award-winning journalist Beth Farnsworth, as she will […]

Santa Barbara Finally Getting Some Traction with Its Homeless Population
By Zach Rosen and Nick Masuda   |   August 5, 2021

Amid a 120-day cleanup of homeless encampments, the question becomes: What happens on Day 121? You might not have noticed Joe — or maybe you did but kept your eyes on the road in front of you. Joe, a senior citizen, would panhandle at numerous off-ramps around Santa Barbara, spending 16 years sleeping on the […]

New Beginnings
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 28, 2021

When COVID-19 first closed down in-person meetings, everyone hurried to figure out online opportunities. But New Beginnings Counseling Center (NBCC) had a leg up, having already nearly completed a partial pivot to Zoom before the pandemic opened the floodgates toward the platform.  It turns out the nonprofit had recognized a need to find a way […]

Bringing in the Light for the New Year
By Ann Brode   |   January 14, 2021

Coming to the end of this tough, transformative year, we need to celebrate a new beginning more than ever. Although the first of January is a calendar event, it could be seen as part of a continuum that goes from the Winter Solstice to mid-January. Since early humans first noticed the sun cycles of light […]

Focus on Film: Women in the Water
By Steven Libowitz   |   October 29, 2020

She is the Ocean, the new documentary from Inna Blokhina, the director of the award-winning film On the Wave, is an in-depth exploration of the lives of nine women from around the world who share a love for the sea so profound that they have chosen to make the ocean the center of their physical, […]

Welcome to Elemental Wellness
By Steven Libowitz   |   January 30, 2020

Ninaya Nancy Strandberg and William Gale’s new Elemental Wellness Events series promises quarterly group circle seasonal experiences that are both soulful and sensational. Whereas the couple’s previous recent workshops were geared toward other couples, the new series can be enjoyed as individuals also. Each of the one-day mini-retreats will involve intimate coed sharing circles, therapeutic […]

New Beginnings
By Lynda Millner   |   November 21, 2019

Everyone Deserves a New Beginning… New Beginnings Counseling Center held its annual fundraiser in a new way with an evening of theatre at the New Vic. It was a stage reading production with award winning professional actors including a wonderful nine-year-old girl, Hope Dekkers, and Stephanie Edwards, who co-hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade with […]

Homelessness in Montecito
By Bob Hazard   |   October 3, 2019

According to the Wall Street Journal, California has 12% of the nation’s population, but accounts for half of the homeless population. San Francisco is only a few degrees cooler than Orlando in January, but the homeless rate in the City by the Bay is 30 times higher than Orlando. In the last year, homelessness in […]

Ford Tough: Center Celebrates 50th
By Richard Mineards   |   September 27, 2018

Veteran film actor Harrison Ford landed at Santa Barbara Airport to help the New Beginnings Counseling Center celebrate its half-century at a sun-drenched celebration at the 76-year-old Ovington Terminal, I can exclusively report. Ford, 76, globally known as Hans Solo in Star Wars and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series, flew in […]