The St. Vincent’s – Father Virgil Cordano day center for the needy has had a soft opening in Santa Barbara.
A special ceremony was held in November with supporters and donors present at 4020 Calle Real. Holy water was splashed on those attending and also the building as part of a blessing service. Mayor Cathy Murillo presented the staff and visitors with a gift of candy to welcome the facility and its efforts. Regular hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The drop in site offers a place for those in need to rest, eat, wash clothes and find comfort.
There is also a site for foot washing and meditation. Counseling and other services will also be available. Free socks will be provided as well.
The walk in center will also be making referrals for services and health care needs.
St. Vincent’s is nearby and has been helping those in need in Santa Barbara since 1868. There are over 600 people living at the low cost housing site in multiple buildings.
Father Virgil was one of the most iconic and recognizable figures in the Santa Barbara community as a compassionate padre that also led ceremonies for thousands during Old Spanish Days, Christmas and many other special events.
He died ten years ago.
For more information about St. Vincent’s go to: https://www.stvincents-sb.org/