Where Your Money Goes | Community Outreach
Where Your Money Goes: Planet & Community Impact
Over the past 30 Years, St. George & Associates has been creating jobs, building homes, giving back to the community and so much more. We feel our community impact is pretty transparent. However, from time to time, we get the question of where your rent goes, and it is a question we are happy to answer.
Going Green is a huge initiative, and one we take very seriously. Over the years, St. George & Associates have put in an effort to enhance our rental units by installing energy-efficient windows, doors, and LED lighting throughout our assets. We are constantly brainstorming new ways to create an environmentally friendly atmosphere. For added measure, St. George & Associates also furnishes nearly 80% of all its rental units. This alone saves a tremendous amount of landfill waste annually. Each year the amount of trash, mattresses, and furniture alone is enough to fill 4 football fields. Sadly, a massive amount of this trash gets left on the street, and swept into the ocean. Take a look at this picture of Isla Vista after a move-out. We are working hard to eliminate unnecessary waste, especially given the close proximity our properties share with the ocean. Anything you can do and reuse/repurpose will go a long for our planet.
Each year the amount of trash, mattresses, and furniture alone is enough to fill 4 football fields. Sadly, a massive amount of this trash gets left on the street, and swept into the ocean. Take a look at this picture of Isla Vista after a move-out. We are working hard to eliminate unnecessary waste, especially given the close proximity our properties share with the ocean. Anything you can do and reuse/repurpose will go a long for our planet.
Heart & Soul
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh coffee in the morning or a nice Sunday breakfast? Every day at sunrise The Grandparents of Campus 880 put out fresh coffee and fresh fruit for the resident to start their day with. On top of that, each Sunday-they serve up a hot pancake breakfast topped with fresh fruit and juice for the residents to enjoy. All this comes from two individuals who truly love where they live and what they do. You may be asking just who are these two individuals-well let’s take a look and go into detail about the great story of Reyna & Julio.
Reyna & Julio grew up as neighbors in Mexico City. They often played and shared meals as they grew up. Julio ran a tire shop for 18 years and Reyna was a pre school teacher for 15 years. Flash forward to 36 years of marriage and their love still grows. They share one son ( Pedro) who is married and they have a 4-year-old grandson.
In their free time, they enjoy thrifting and yard sales. They also enjoy cooking. When asked why they love Campus 880-the answer was simple; they love meeting and greeting the residents. They enjoy seeing young adults grow and mature as the year progresses. Yes, at night, when it gets a bit loud they can get annoyed-but they know the students are enjoying themselves. Reyna & Julio just want to ensure the residents have a good time and be safe while doing so.
Reyna & Julio have lived on-site for 5 years now. Please say hello the next time you see them.
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Giving back in a big way.
As our business has grown in the past 30 years, we’ve made Isla Vista our home. We were looking for a significant way to give back to the community that means so much to us, and realized that we didn’t need to look any further than right across the street.
While building Campus 880, our flagship property, we saw how much the community depended on the Youth Center, a service of the YMCA. Since then, we have developed the St. George Youth Center, a new and improved state of the art place for teens, to help the YMCA better serve the community. This new facility in the heart of Isla Vista will also provide our residents opportunities to volunteer and engage in the community. We are honored that our business has allowed us to make an impact at the local level.
St. George Youth Center offers:
- Tutoring programs
- Homework groups
- Recreation and enrichment
- Mentoring relationships
- Community service/leadership opportunities
- Parent exercise classes
- Free summer lunches
- Access to computers, printers, the internet, etc.
St. George Youth Center Collaborators:
- Isla Vista Recreation and Parks District
- Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
- Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center
- Isla Vista Tenants Union
- Future Leaders of America
- UCSB programs and student groups
- Local elementary
St. George Eastside Community Center
St. George Community Church was established in 2019 by local developer and philanthropist Ed St. George, as a gathering place for the community and to provide for those that are in need. The guiding principle of the church is to foster community and religious development through workshops, fundraisers, faith-based services, neighborhood meetings, and community forums.
St. George Community Church located at 1032 E. Mason St. in Santa Barbara. During these extraordinary times, the St. George Community Church has helped by giving away food to those in need and caring for the children of local medical professionals who are on the front lines battling the coronavirus pandemic.
St George Church offers free food on a first-come, first-serve basis. The free food bags are distributed outside the church after 11 am Sunday morning services – from 12:30 till 2 p.m. or as long as supplies last.