2021-2022 THA Board

Vice President – Darlene Amundsen
Membership – Pita Khorsandi
President –Lorraine West
Secretary – Diane White
Treasurer – Missy Sheldon
Publicity – Jean Keely


2022 Mad Hatter Chair – Carolyn Creasey


The Transition House Auxiliary was organized in 1993 to assist by raising funds for on-going programs at Transition House and to provide direct assistance to clients. The members’ work supports homeless children and their families in making successful transitions to housing and financial stability.

The needs of infants and children are of particular interest and concern to Auxiliary members. Funding is provided for special needs in the Infant Care Center at Transition House as well as teens to attend counseling or camp. Each fall, students are provided with backpacks filled with essential school materials to ensure that they begin the school year on an equal footing with their classmates.

Members are always available to help with other Transition House requests.The Auxiliary also provides scholarships for study and career development by helping with tuition costs, books, uniforms and special equipment for clients. For families moving from the shelter into apartments, the Auxiliary provides assistance with basic household items.

The Auxiliary hosts their signature fundraising event in the spring, the Mad Hatter Luncheon, as well as other small fundraising events during the year.

Because of Covid-19, the traditional Mad Hatter luncheon was cancelled for 2020. This year, 2021, due to the continuing Covid restrictions, there was a virtual silent auction instead of the Mad Hatter luncheon. Proceeds from the auction, donations, raffle and other sources raised $140,000! In addition, an anonymous donor also gave $100,000, bringing the total amount raised to $240,000!

This beat 2019’s Mad Hatter record for most money raised in its history!


Mad Hatter Co-Chairs Lorraine West and Darlene Amundsen, TH Executive Director Kathleen Baushke

Meeting and Joining

The Transition House Auxiliary meets on the third Tuesday of each month.  To learn more about the Auxiliary or how to join, click here to email the membership chair. The Auxiliary welcomes prospective members as guests to their monthly meetings to learn more about Transition House’s work in the community and how Auxiliary activities support the agency.


Transition House Auxiliary
P. O. Box 2325
Santa Barbara, CA 93120-2325