Jeff Shaffer & Rich Sander
Abolishing chronic homelessness requires moving people through the guilt and shame attached to their homeless situations. More purposeful actions, not charity, are required. Choosing the right actions and working in collaboration with others are the keys to ultimately solving chronic homelessness. In this workshop you will explore how to engage your community in the housing effort and become a collaborative partner, working with other churches, the government, non-profits, and the business community.
Rich was born in Whittier, California and came to Santa Barbara to study at the University of California Santa Barbara. In addition to significant involvement in InterVarsity, Rich graduated from UCSB with a degree in Religious Studies. After his experience at Urbana ’09, he pursued long-term missions work in East Africa, subsequently shifting his focus to missionary work within the States. He pursued studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and decided to explore non-traditional models of gathering and ministry. Drawing from orthodoxy, Rich determined to seek alternative structures of missional lifestyles and mature “ecclesia”. Rich was commissioned and licensed through Christian Associates International in February 2010 as a team leader and pastor/church planter. He’s now on track for ordination in the Free Methodist Church. With his heart for the homeless, Rich works alongside friend and ministry partner Jeff Shaffer. His deepest ambition is that he would learn to love and love well.
Jeff Shaffer has been married for 24 years. He is married to Julia and has three children – Kairos, Kennah, and Kalum. From 1992 to 2005 he was a pastor at Community Covenant Church in Goleta, and for the past seven years has been working with Christian Associates as the founder of the Uffizi Mission Project (www.uffizimission.org) He also works for the Turner Foundation, which owns the Village Apartments on the West Side. His primary work is on the West Side of Santa Barbara and with Friends without Homes through both the work of Uffizi and Common Ground Santa Barbara (www.commongroundsb.org).