Empowering Individuals

At Alpha, we believe that everyone has a valuable contribution to make.

We empower individuals with intellectual and similar developmental disabilities to make their mark on the world.

Our programs bring ability to the fore and highlight potential as we support families, create opportunities, and foster belonging.

Supporting Families

Learning that your child has an intellectual disability can be intimidating. At Alpha we give you confidence that your child will know success. We partner with you to navigate many freely available services and supports.

Creating Opportunities

The individuals Alpha serves make important contributions each day through service projects and community participation. We then take it one step further, building partnerships that lead to the creation of even more opportunities.

Fostering Belonging

Belonging is more than being included, it is the recognition that your contribution matters. We support our participants as they use their talents, interests, and passions to effect change in the specific subcultures and the community at large.

Mission Statement

Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara  empowers individuals with intellectual and similar developmental disabilities by supporting families, creating opportunities, and fostering belonging.

Vision Statement

Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara will assist and support people with developmental disabilities

to determine what they want from life and to pursue their own hopes, dreams and goals.

We will work together so that ALL people lead full, self-directed lives where they… 


  • Are accepted for who they are and treated with dignity and respect;
  • Are present, active community members;
  • Are healthy and safe in body, mind, and spirit;
  • Have the most effective means of communicating with others;
  • Develop and maintain relationships and connections that are sustaining and life enriching- to love and be loved, to have friends and romantic relationships;
  • Enjoy a full range of possibilities, options and choices; develop and use their skills, strengths and talents;
  • Learn new things, have new experiences and explore what the world has to offer;
  • Determine their own goals, and have resources and supports to:
  • Be successful in the life they choose,
  • Have a supportive circle of friends and family,
  • Have support to take risks,
  • Have jobs, earn income,
  • Have Direct Support Professionals, who truly care about them and are competent, and adequately compensated;
  • Have responsibility for and control over their lives- to the greatest extent possible;
  • Have fun, feel good about themselves and enjoy life!