Resident Stories


By Sarah House on May 07, 2016 at 07:24 PM in Resident Stories

Alison moved into Sarah House looking for safety. A transsexual person, HIV+, she had struggled for years to come to terms with her complicated biology.



By Sarah House on May 06, 2016 at 07:25 PM in Resident Stories

In 1997, Brad’s family moved him to Sarah House in order that we might care for him in the last months before his death. Thankfully, that was not to be.



By Sarah House on May 06, 2016 at 07:24 PM in Resident Stories

For eight years, Chuck was an estate manager for a large piece of property on Montecito. When he became too weak to carry on, he moved into Sarah House for hospice care.


A Thank You Letter

By Sarah House on May 06, 2016 at 07:23 PM in Resident Stories

After being released from a six year term in Chowchilla State Prison for sales of narcotics, I was fortunate enough to be allowed to parole to Sarah House.


Bill White

By Sarah House on May 06, 2016 at 07:22 PM in Resident Stories

On Monday morning, I went along with the Hospice nurse over to a small room on Robbins Street, a converted garage really. “Bill White” was lying in the middle of a tiny room, lying on a mattress badly stained with sweat and urine.



By Sarah House on May 06, 2016 at 07:21 PM in Resident Stories

Karyn moved in today after six months as a patient at City of Hope. Her treatments for a virulent leukemia were unsuccessful. She desperately wanted to come home and see the coastline one more time.



By Sarah House on May 06, 2016 at 07:20 PM in Resident Stories

Recently a woman living through her last weeks of HIV moved into the House. Her T-cell count was 1. Veronica had lived the last few months in the Psychiatric Health Facility. Now she was dying.


A Special Dinner

By Sarah House on May 06, 2016 at 07:06 PM in Resident Stories

Maria, 40 years old, was the youngest child of a strong Catholic family who had raised their six children in the Santa Barbara area. Mom and Dad, now in their seventies, and all six children along with various spouses and children were devastated to find out that Aunt Maria had a large and growing brain tumor.


Teddy Bears and Angels

By Sarah House on May 06, 2016 at 07:05 PM in Resident Stories

Ramon, a hardened man with a history of incarceration, had lived outside for the past ten years. His “homeboys” would no longer let him come stay at their house because “he gets too crazy”.


Robin's Story

By Sarah House on May 06, 2016 at 07:04 PM in Resident Stories

Robin Josephson 1955 – 2009



To all the wonderful staff at Sarah House, words cannot express the gratitude I have for what you all did for my grandma and my entire family. You helped me look at death as a beautiful journey that grandma was on, it really helped us get through a very difficult time. I would not have wanted to be anywhere else but there in your serene environment. I feel very fortunate that we got to be there with her.