calm through the years

From a single phone line to a countywide agency

1969

Claire Miles

Claire Miles, a local nurse, learns that an overworked and emotionally stressed father had, in a moment of desperation, shaken his infant son to death. Claire takes immediate action, putting a phone in her living room and taking out classified ads in the Santa Barbara News-Press urging parents in need to call for help. The phone rings almost 40 times within the first month. Claire and her friends take turns answering the calls, with the hope of helping stressed parents before they hurt their children

1970s

CALM is officially established and begins to grow throughout the decade 

CALM’s pioneering work is just getting started.

1980s

The Santa Barbara office opens at 1236 Chapala Street

CALM begins providing in-house counseling and treatment services.

1980s

Mental health professionals join volunteers to expand CALM staff

A multidisciplinary staff begins offering a range of services.

1990s

Home visitation is provided for families with young children

The staff grows significantly throughout the decade.

1990s

CALM forms partnerships to better serve the community

CALM’s reach begins to expand even further.

1990s

CALM’s mission statement reflects its broad range of services

2000s

CALM’s reach grows throughout Santa Barbara County

2000s

2000s

CALM’s reach has doubled in the past decade

2010s

CALM begins to serve North Santa Barbara County

2010s

2010s

CALM’s reach has more than doubled in the past decade

2020s

CALM serves over 2,000 families annually

2020s

CALM turns 50

2020s