Mud and Debris Flow

The Fondest Farewell

Posted Feb 9 2018 bySarah Kidwell / Mud and Debris Flow, Uncategorized / 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


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


Update #2: Clearing the debris

Posted Feb 1 2018 byanneadmin / Home, 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


Update #1: We are safe

Posted Jan 11 2018 byLa Casa de Maria / Mud and Debris Flow / Comments Off on Update #1: We are safe /

To our community of friends and supporters,
We are grateful that so many have reached out to learn how La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center (LCDM), which was directly in the path of Tuesday’s powerful mudslide, is faring. Most important, all guests had been evacuated prior to the slide and we have confirmed that all members of our