Last week we had the pleasure of helping out at the Recovery Project SB Free Store in the Montecito Country Mart. It's a cause near and dear to our hearts that is allowing people who are victims of the Thomas Fire or Montecito Mudslides to go in and shop for free. We were completely overwhelmed at the amount of donations that has been given to this amazing organization.  Although they do have a lot of women's and mens clothing items, not to mention brand new shoes donated by a shoe company IMPO, they still need volunteers daily as well as teen items and furniture. 

We want to say a big thank you to the owner of the Montecito Country Mart, James Rosenfield for generously donating this space to such a worthy cause. 

See below for how to volunteer or where to make donations both items or monetary. If you are a victim of either the Thomas Fire or the Montecito Mudslides we encourage you to go shop and enjoy a comfortable, professional boutique environment with high quality options for you to look through and wonderful ladies to help. 




Their Story:

The Recovery Project is a community action effort by neighbors for neighbors in response to the Thomas Fire and the Montecito Mud and Debris Slide.

It was founded by Berna Kieler as long time resident of our little village who started re-covering people from her own closet and then reached out to her neighbors and friends for the shirts off the backs.  

The responce has become a Tsunami of giving.  She was joined by Cathy Link, Heather Sage and Susan St. John who partnered

in her effort to create a dedicated Montecito space as home for a Recovery Free Store, where people affected by this specific

double header tragedy could come and find wardrobe replacements  and  meet the volunteers who provided clothing from their own closets. 

James Rosenfield, owner of the Montecito Country Mart ,  stepped up and donated a beautiful retail space in his center for the month of March.  The volunteers are working feverishly to create a stylish setting where they can personally attend to the needs of people who have lost all or most of their wardrobes.

Organic Soup Kitchen, another local grassroots organization has joined in the effort supplying, volunteers, organizing expertise, and wholesome organic soup in the store for entire month.

The Recovery Free Store in the Montecito Country Mart,  store hours 11-7 daily.

Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments for wardrobe consulting can be made on the facebook page .  

Store closing , March 31  will be a spirited neighborhood event featuring food provided by the Organic Soup Kitchen, music and celebration honoring the volunteers and guest of honor James Rosenfield.


The store is open every day from 11-7pm until March 31st at the Montecito Country Mart - 1016 Village Road, Montecito, CA 93108  across from the entrance of VONS Market

Volunteers - WE NEED YOU!

To help woman/man the shop, please sign up at:

We also need your help in OUTREACH. Please send this/post this/share it with our community.


Facebook Page:

A few facebook pages have been started please search for “Recovery Project SB" or