CREATING PATHWAYS IN 

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FOR CHILDRENYOUTH TO FLOURISH 

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THE NEED

Santa Barbara County is a beautiful place, surrounded by beaches, mountains, and Spanish architecture but in the midst of its natural beauty, there is also a lot of pain and struggle. 

 

Santa Barbara is also home to:

Hidden Poverty

1-5 people in Santa Barbara County live below the poverty line, which is one of the highest in the state and is often hidden in plain sight.


Students Who Are Falling Behind 

Many students are not able to keep up. In some cases, up to 70% of students do not meet grade standards in math and English. 


Limited Options For Many Students

A significant opportunity gap exists in our local communities, causing an achievement gap, which creates a lack of options after high school for many students .

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

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We’re always looking for men and women who want to make a difference. 

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CREATING PATHWAYS

Recognizing and naming the needs is only the beginning.

 

We are committed to finding solutions and creating new pathways that allow children, youth, and their families to flourish. 

 

Today’s problems and issues will not be solved with yesterday’s ideas. We are dedicated to putting our collective minds together to collaborate and to create initiatives and programs that will give the next generation the chance to fulfill their dreams of a great life. 

HIGHLIGHTED PARTNERS & PROJECTS

We also support a variety of projects and organizations who share similar vision and mission.

By Grace 


ByGrace Children’s Home located outside Nairobi, Kenya provides a haven to the growing number of orphaned and destitute children affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 

Hope Refuge


Hope Refuge is dedicated to seeing that every sex trafficking survivor has a place of refuge where they can transition from slavery to freedom.

Recent News

You Always Throw Out the First Pancake 

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about pancakes lately. The reason pancakes are on my mind is twofold, the first is that I make them quite a bit for my girls. They like blueberry pancakes (with the small wild blueberries), banana pancakes (ala Jack Johnson) and good old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes.

Theological Reflections on Incarnational Presence 

Last Thursday I began a series of theological reflections for our Thursday blogs. The Pro Deo Foundation’s mission is to create pathways for children and youth to flourish. Our strategy for accomplishing this mission is three-fold:

Reflections on Relationships | Kenya with a Middle Schooler 

A few weeks ago my daughter and I traveled together to Kenya. Hannah is 12 years old, and this was her first significant international trip (she’d been to Mexico a few times). It was so fun how seriously she took her preparation for the trip and the maturity she displayed in Africa.

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