Jessica Steele, counselor for California 805, helping collect quilts for individuals who
lost their homes in the Thomas Fire and debris flow.
California 805 is a program being administered by the Mental Wellness Center of Santa
Barbra in collaboration with the county of Santa Barbra Department of Behavioral
Wellness and funded by FEMA to assist the Santa Barbara community in recovering
from the impacts of the Thomas Fire and 19 Debris Flow through community outreach.
Over 1000 quilts have been distributed since December 2017, and the honor of piecing
these quilts together goes to the Ventura Modern Quilters Guild. With contributions of
quilting pieces received from across the United States and 13 countries around the
world, the Quilters Guild has produced inspiring works of art that may comfort and serve
as a reminder to all that we will not forget those affected by tragedy.
The gift of a quilt is so much more than just receiving a blanket. One survivor had
described it, “Everytime I look at my quilt, the support and love of strangers is present
and strong, and every time I use it, I picture hugs from everyone who came together to