S. Blandina and S. Justina’s Great-Great-Niece Shares Memories of Santa Maria’s Co-Founders

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Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. was co-founded by two Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, and biological sisters, Blandina (born Maria Rosa) and Justina (born Maria Maddalena) Segale. The Sisters, born in Italy, immigrated to the United States in 1855, eventually … Continued

Jim Holmstrom Looks Back on a Life’s Journey of Helping Youth

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“YOUTH WORKER WANTED: Working in an inner-city Appalachian neighborhood with youth. Must be willing to meet them where they are; in the streets, and in the pool halls.” That’s the job announcement that Jim Holmstrom saw in 1977 that piqued … Continued

December 8, 2022 is “Santa Maria Community Services Day” in Cincinnati!

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Cincinnati Mayor, Aftab Pureval, Declares December 8 “Santa Maria Community Services Day” in Cincinnati City honors nonprofit celebrating 125 years of service in Cincinnati CINCINNATI, OH – Mayor Aftab Pureval has proclaimed December 8, 2022, as “Santa Maria Community Services … Continued

Santa Maria Throws 125th Birthday Party at the American Sign Museum on November 3, 2022

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Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. is pleased to announce our 125th Birthday Party on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45225. Santa Maria is celebrating 125 years … Continued

Buddy LaRosa Shares Memories of Sister Blandina Segale, Co-Founder of Santa Maria Community Services in honor of its 125th Anniversary

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Donald Sebastiano “Buddy” LaRosa was born on August 25, 1930 to Mary (nee Panaro) and Anthony T. LaRosa in the South Fairmount neighborhood of Cincinnati. The Panaro family were members of San Antonio Church (also called San Antonio Italian Chapel), located … Continued

Santa Maria Celebrates its Quasquicentennial in 2022!

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On December 8, 2022, Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. will celebrate 125 years of serving families in Cincinnati, our quasquicentennial. Founded by two Sisters of Charity, Blandina and Justina Segale, Santa Maria began as a settlement house serving Cincinnati’s Italian … Continued