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Three months after the mud and debris slide

Posted Apr 9 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on Three months after the mud and debris slide /

Dear Friends of La Casa:
We write today to tell you of the tremendous progress we have made since the devastating mud and debris slide of January 9, which wreaked utter havoc on our small town and our beloved property just three months ago. In the days following the slide, the damage and loss seemed almost overwhelming – nine buildings

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Phew! We Made It

Posted Mar 23 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on Phew! We Made It /

We’re pleased to report that we made it through the most recent storm unscathed – our newly widened section of the San Ysidro Creek did not overflow its banks. This was the third and most threatening storm to arrive since the devastating mud and debris flow of January 9. Each of those storms prompted a mandatory evacuation but this

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In our Honor

Posted Mar 16 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Rebuilding / Comments Off on In our Honor /

It’s been more than two months since the devasting mud and debris slide that inundated our property and closed us down. Offers of assistance continue to pour in, and we are so grateful. A number of benefits are being held in our honor. If you can attend, it’s a great way to reconnect with La Casa’s spirit and support us

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Data Recovery – Thank you TechEase

Posted Mar 7 2018 byCindy Swain / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding, Recovery / Comments Off on Data Recovery – Thank you TechEase /

When disaster strikes, you find out who your friends are.  For La Casa and others affected by the mud and debris slide, one very good friend has been TechEase.
TechEase generously offered free data recovery for those fortunate enough to find their computers buried under the mudslide and debris flow of January 9, 2018.
We lost our entire administrative building, where

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A Fitting Benefit

Posted Mar 1 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Rebuilding / Comments Off on A Fitting Benefit /

 
In the days following the January 9 mud and debris slide, supporters of La Casa de Maria and its Center for Spiritual Renewal reached out in large numbers, expressing their deep concern for a beloved institution. Almost immediately, volunteers offered to sponsor fundraisers, the first of which was held Sunday, February 25 at Trinity Episcopal Church on State Street

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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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