A Mother’s Determination: Courtney’s Story

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Twenty-eight-year-old Courtney Palmore can often be found enjoying time with her son Roland, aged 11, and her daughter Alani, aged 1, at one of our local area parks. The happy trio love playing games, shopping, and doing arts and crafts … Continued

Aaliyah’s Triumphant Journey From Pregnancy to Professional Success

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Aaliyah joined the Every Child Succeeds (ECS) program at Santa Maria when she was 15 weeks pregnant with her son, Amari, in July 2019. Aaliyah was committed to providing the best life for herself and her baby, and she actively … Continued

From Program Participant to Fulltime Staff Member – Chevella has Come a Long Way with Santa Maria

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In August 2022, Santa Maria welcomed Chevella Johnson to our work family as a Work Experience Coordinator, but this isn’t the first – or even the second time – Chevella has been connected with Santa Maria. Thirty-four-year-old Chevella grew up … Continued

Sierra is Putting her Plans into Action with the Help of Santa Maria

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Sierra Page is a 24-year-old mother of three boys, ages 3, 2, and 9 months. She is hardworking and motivated with dreams of becoming a Doula/Midwife. Sierra’s Santa Maria Career Coach, Melissa Velez, said that Sierra is driven to make … Continued

Santa Maria Takes a Multifaceted Approach to Help Family Reach its Goals

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Thirty-six-year-old Elizabeth Ramos and her family came to Santa Maria when they first moved to Price Hill. They have benefited from Santa Maria’s workforce and financial coaching, Project Lift, and improving their credit through a Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) … Continued

Stable Families and Project Lift Programs Participant Graduates from 2 Programs in Less than a Year!!

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Tronyse first became acquainted with Santa Maria Community Services (SMCS) after being referred by Legal Aid to work with case managers to help assist her with housing issues when her living conditions rapidly declined at her apartment on Ross Ave. … Continued