Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County

Interfaith Initiative of Santa Barbara County (IFISBC) is concerned for the welfare of Santa Barbara County’s human and ecological habitats and their associated safety net challenges.

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IFISBC’s core values of compassion and cooperation rally a wide array of stakeholders around creative and viable visions regarding our region’s environmental sustainability and sheltering solutions. Houses of worship and faith-based institutions form strong networks and provide perennial values and ready-made volunteers to galvanize community service projects with a level of trust that enables individuals, including those that are “spiritually independent,” to act together to pursue common objectives.

With these values and networks at hand, IFISBC addresses the interconnectedness of healthy living spaces for people – providing shelter and resources for the homeless – and our human responsibility to protect the health of our living planet. This work is described as

  • Organizing around the interconnectedness of socioeconomic and ecological poverty;
  • Catalyzing change where people and agencies, some of whom are on the periphery, come together to voice concern, find advocacy support, and participate in activities to achieve a compassionate purpose;
  • Igniting community-wide transformation by working with diverse leaders to model hubs of compassion.