Learn How You Can Contribute to our Holiday Celebration featuring Santa!


My name is Nick Papageorge and I am the Program Manager of The Fellowship Club.

It is once again time to begin preparing for our Annual Holiday Celebration and I invite you to participate! The past two years have been amazing successes and we plan on continuing the trend!

I have begun distributing the Santa Cards to our members and will have the first batch available by the end of the week! Secret Santa’s take one or more Wish Cards and purchase a gift of $20 or less based on the options. They drop off the gifts in holiday wrap along with the form so that staff can get the right gift to the right person. The last day to sign up this year to be a Secret Santa is November 15. 

Our Holiday Celebration is, for many, the only holiday party and gift exchange they experience every year. The Members typically ask for practical gifts which they will use on a daily basis. It is truly a joyous time for them. My staff and I really enjoy seeing the members open their gifts and the gratitude and joy that follows.  

Personally, I think of The Fellowship Club as a second family and I believe many of our members do as well. My staff and I are immersed in the members’ lives and vice-versa. We are all invested in each other while on this journey to recovery together. 

If you are able to help, please contact me so that I can get you a wish card for one or a group of members, we will all be very grateful!  

 

For any questions or to request Santa Cards, please contact Nick at 884-8440 x3351 or npapageorge@mentalwellnesscenter.org

Guest Writer Nick, Annual Holiday Celebration featuring Santa!


My name is Nick Papageorge and I am the Program Manager of The Fellowship Club.

It is once again time to begin preparing for our Annual Holiday Celebration and I invite you to participate! The past two years have been amazing successes and we plan on continuing the trend!

I have begun distributing the Santa Cards to our members and will have the first batch available by the end of the week! Secret Santa’s take one or more Wish Cards and purchase a gift of $20 or less based on the options. They drop off the gifts in holiday wrap along with the form so that staff can get the right gift to the right person. The last day to sign up this year to be a Secret Santa is November 15. 

Our Holiday Celebration is, for many, the only holiday party and gift exchange they experience every year. The Members typically ask for practical gifts which they will use on a daily basis. It is truly a joyous time for them. My staff and I really enjoy seeing the members open their gifts and the gratitude and joy that follows.  

Personally, I think of The Fellowship Club as a second family and I believe many of our members do as well. My staff and I are immersed in the members’ lives and vice-versa. We are all invested in each other while on this journey to recovery together. 

If you are able to help, please contact me so that I can get you a wish card for one or a group of members, we will all be very grateful!  

 

For any questions or to request Santa Cards, please contact Nick at 884-8440 x3351 or npapageorge@mentalwellnesscenter.org

Meet Bridge, the Artist Behind this Years Art Festival Logo

Bridget Hochman designed this year’s logo for the Mental Wellness Center’s annual Art Festival. The logo has summer vibes with beautiful florals. The strong and inspiring word HOPE is placed on a deep ocean blue background.

The art festival is a place where individuals living with mental illness can come and present their work for exhibit and for sale to the Santa Barbara community. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday and a wonderful opportunity to buy with a purpose. The festival is planned by Darcy Keep and hosted by the Mental Wellness Center.

Bridget has been drawing since a young child using whatever art supplies were available. “My first watercolor painting was of the gazebo at Alice Keck Park. I actually sat on a bench at the park and painted it outdoors, but now I prefer to work inside and use photos of my subject matter as a reference.” When asked what her style is she replied, “My style is a combination of watercolor and digital; I always scan my paintings into the computer and work on them with Photoshop.”

At the art festival you will find a variety of art from jewelry, drawings, greeting cards, greenery arrangements, sculptures and more! The day is full of smiles, inspiration, and a sense of accomplishment. For many of the artists creativity has been an instrumental outlet for their health. “I have always been very shy and creating art has given me a way to express myself. I chose watercolor because it is challenging and I love the transparent quality of the paint on the watercolor paper. Watercolor has also taught me patience because I must wait for the paint to completely dry before painting a new section,” expresses Bridget.

The art festival is a positive way for individuals with a mental illness to integrate with the Santa Barbara Community.

As Santa Barbara County is recovering from natural disasters this year’s natural disasters, hope is vitally important and a perfect theme for the festival.  Bridget says “I chose the word “HOPE” because I wanted people in our community to feel hopeful for the future after the Thomas Fire and mudslides in Montecito. I decided to make the letters big enough so that I could put an image inside each letter. For the first three images I chose plants native to this area: palm trees, a sunflower, and a bird of paradise. For the last image I chose white candles to remember those we have lost. The white candles can also symbolize healing and new beginnings. I chose to make the background different shades of blue, colors that reminded me of the ocean.”