Archives: February 2018

Montecito Journal article -Farewell to Pauline…

Posted Feb 27 2018 bySarah Kidwell / In the News / Comments Off on Montecito Journal article -Farewell to Pauline… /

The day before a powerful and deadly mud-and-debris slide poured down from the Santa Ynez Mountains into Montecito, 88-year old Sister Pauline Krismanich was sitting at her office desk, doing her work. This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows Pauline.
Though the local authorities had put La Casa de Maria, Pauline’s employer … read more…

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Update # 3 Where are we now?

Posted Feb 27 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow / Comments Off on Update # 3 Where are we now? /

Every day someone asks, “What’s going on at La Casa?” which is often followed up by a series of additional questions. We thought that this might a good time to answer some of the most common questions asked.
What’s going on at our beloved La Casa – do you have any updates?
It’s been seven weeks since the January

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The Fondest Farewell

Posted Feb 9 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow / Comments Off on The Fondest Farewell /

The day before a powerful and deadly mud and debris slide poured down from the Santa Ynez Mountains into Montecito, 88-year old Sister Pauline Krismanich was sitting at her office desk, doing her work. This comes as no surprise anyone who knows Pauline. Though the local authorities had put La Casa de Maria, Pauline’s employer and home of 48 years, on

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Many Hands Make Light Work

Posted Feb 7 2018 bySarah Kidwell / In the News, Mud and Debris Flow / Comments Off on Many Hands Make Light Work /

On Saturday, February 3, approximately fifty members of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade showed up at La Casa de Maria with shovels and buckets and pitched in to remove hundreds of pounds of mud from our property’s historic chapel.
“This was an encouraging and uplifting scene,” said Steve Jacobsen, La Casa’s director. The chapel is just one of the buildings

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Montecito Bucket Brigade Lends a Hand at La Casa

Posted Feb 5 2018 byLa Casa de Maria / In the News / Comments Off on Montecito Bucket Brigade Lends a Hand at La Casa /

Hundreds of volunteers spent their Saturday alongside Montecito homeowners during a community-driven recovery effort to help dig debris piles from houses after the Jan. 9 flash flooding and mud flows.
Equipped with gloves and waterproof boots, some 500 dust-masked volunteers with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade worked nearly five hours in the sun, helping remove debris, pick up small tree

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La Casa Damaged But Not Gone – KEYT

Posted Feb 5 2018 byLa Casa de Maria / In the News / Comments Off on La Casa Damaged But Not Gone – KEYT /

MONTECITO, Calif. – The Montecito mudslide ripped through La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center leaving many to believe it was completely wiped out.
“People used to say it was a hidden gem in Montecito,” said Steve Jacobsen, the director of La Casa de Maria. “We were a hidden gem until this week.” Read more…

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Update #2: Clearing the debris

Posted Feb 1 2018 byanneadmin / Mud and Debris Flow / Comments Off on Update #2: Clearing the debris /

Dear Friends and Supporters of La Casa:
We are writing to update you on the most recent developments at La Casa de Maria since the devastating mudslide of January 9.
On Saturday, January 28, the local authorities lifted the evacuation order for our section of Montecito. While we have been allowed back on the property, there are no utilities. We

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