SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Storytellers Children's Center in Santa Barbara has been helping underprivileged kids receive free education for more than 25 years. On Wednesday empolyees celebrated their new permanent home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Storyteller has been renting the school located on De La Vina Street since 2007, when the Orfalea Foundation bought the property and leased it to Storyteller rent-free. But now, with the generous support of the Santa Barbara community, including a lead gift by the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation, Storyteller has purchased the property from the Orfalea Foundation and owns it debt-free.
"The Orfalea Foundation is proud of our long partnership with Storyteller," said Lois Mitchell, president of the Orfalea Foundation. "We are absolutely thrilled that the community rallied to ensure Storyteller has its own home to continue its legacy of great work."
The organization provides education and care to nearly 100 families that are homeless or at risk.
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