Current membership exceeds 600 and is growing. There are two levels of membership in the Oasis. They are General Membership for those 50 years of age and living in Santa Barbara County and Associate Membership for those under the age of 50 or living outside Santa Barbara County. Associate Members are often children or other family members of our general membership. Associate members make great volunteers to help support or programs for seniors. Volunteers give the life and energy needed to keep the OASIS alive and strong. Our seniors are truly the heart of OASIS.
OASIS stands for Orcutt Area Seniors In Service, Inc. Since 1984 OASIS, Inc. has served as a premier senior advocate agency for Northern Santa Barbara County. Oasis, Inc is privately funded through private donations, event income and community grants.
The Luis Oasis Senior Center is owned by OASIS, Inc. and located on land owned by Orcutt Union School District, leased to us at $1.00 per year. This land is scheduled for further development by the school district, mandating that we relocate the Luis Oasis Senior Center to a new site.
The Luis Oasis Senior Center is operated by the Orcutt Area Seniors In Service, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We provide commodities distribution (free food for qualifying members), a daily lunch program, homeowners and renters tax aid, PACE, and more.
In collaboration with Allan Hancock Community College we host classes in senior aerobics, yoga, painting, drawing, etc, and groups for bereavement support, such as ceramics, creative card making, the Oasis Ukulele Band, etc.
We also encourage local groups to use the center as a meeting place for potlucks, special events and fund raisers. For more information on renting our facility visit the Rentals page.
The Oasis began in 1984 with a membership of 97. Through the efforts of founder members led by Alice Shaw, a site was found on Orcutt Union School District land, which is leased at $1 per year. The center was named for the Luis family of Orcutt, who have made significant financial contributions to the center over the years. Capital and operating funds are raised from grants, public donations and fundraising.
Web Site Graphic Design: Christopher Pushies
OASIS, Inc. logo design: Rick Pushies
President, Joe Sheaff
1st Vice President, Rick Velasco
2nd Vice President, Delores Luis
Secretary, Marty McGrath
Treasurer, Aubrey Collins
The Board of Directors meet at
9 a.m. on the second Thursday
of each month at the
Oasis Senior Center
in the Rostien Room.
Orcutt Area Seniors In Services, Inc. P.O. Box 2637, Santa Maria, California 93457
OASIS pledges to govern all of our endeavors to ensure that:
All fiduciary roles are met including:
Duty of Care - Responsibility toward diligence and taking an active interest in the OASIS Senior Center activities
Duty of Loyalty - Produces a culture that serves the common good of the membership and not personal agendas or loyalties to staff or other organizations
Duty of Obedience - Board commitment to comply with existing laws and regulations in carrying out its duties
OASIS Senior Center Board of Directors, staff and committees are associated with the highest level of professionalism
All of our affairs will be conducted with transparency, integrity and honesty
We always show respect for the worth and dignity of all
We always follow the rules of our organization
Responsible stewardship of resources
Commitment to excellence in all that we do
The purpose of Orcutt Area Seniors in Service, Inc., is to provide services aimed at encouraging all adults, especially those 50 years of age and over, to become involved in preserving and improving their quality of life, and providing social, educational and cultural opportunities for these adults.