SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Unity Shoppe is celebrating its 100th year of community service on Wednesday.
Hundreds of people went to the Granada Threatre in Downtown Santa Barbara to celebrate with the nonprofit organization.
20,000 thousand people in our community turns to the Unite Shoppe for help each year.
"We are the only place that can say we offer things with dignity with pride. We think of the recipient. We allow them to be self sufficient, to get back on the road for, to normal again," said Elvira Avina, from Unity Shoppe.
By raising awareness through the annual Unity Shoppe Telethon and by generous donations, the nonprofit is able to provide food, toys, basic necessities and programs.
"Most of our families that we see are working poor. It's expensive to live here and when you're living on a very limited budget, any little incident in your household can become a crisis and that can spiral out of control and get you homeless," said Avina.