Santa Maria Community Services Awarded $50,000 from The Charles H. Dater Foundation, Inc.

CINCINNATI, OH – Santa Maria Community Services is pleased to announce it has been awarded $50,000 from The Charles H. Dater Foundation, Inc. for youth development and general operating expenses.

Santa Maria Community Services’ Youth Development Program provides Lower Price Hill youth ages 10-16 the opportunity to partake in a life/social-emotional skills groups while learning how to develop peaceful conflict resolution, peer resistance, youth safety, bullying prevention, self-management, and goal-directed behavior skills. In addition to life skills development, the program focuses on youth mentoring and leadership through academic assistance and tutoring, age-specific activities, personal responsibility, and optimistic thinking skills. Participants have opportunities to engage in community service projects, and each child’s family is linked to resources that promote family stability while addressing concerns that threaten or hinder the family’s well-being.

Santa Maria’s other services include early childhood development, education advancement, employment assistance, financial stability, Project Advance AmeriCorps, and health and wellness. Santa Maria ensures that children are kindergarten-ready and families attain economic health through job and housing stability. Family members receive Santa Maria’s assistance in achieving health and wellness through access to health services and support programs. Santa Maria’s vision is for Greater Price Hill to be vibrant, thriving, and self-sustaining community.

“This generous grant from The Charles H. Dater Foundation will afford Santa Maria the assistance needed to help Price Hill youth learn how to be more successful in school and in life,” said H.A. Musser, President and CEO of Santa Maria Community Services. “Santa Maria’s youth team changes lives by resolving issues related to school, social culture, and family life.” The Charles H. Dater Foundation has been supporting Santa Maria’s work for more than 30 years.

“The Dater Foundation is about enriching the lives of young people, and especially the underserved,” said Bruce Krone, Dater Foundation President.  “We are pleased to be a longtime supporter of Santa Maria.  Its programs change lives and are even more important in the current Covid-19 environment.  When we made some special grants to organizations on the frontline of Covid-19 relief last year, Santa Maria was on the list.”


The Charles H. Dater Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1985 and makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati area to carry out projects that benefit children and focus in the areas of arts/culture, education. healthcare. social services and other community needs. Charles H. Dater (1912-1993) established the foundation to ensure that funding for worthwhile community programs would continue after his death. The Foundation honors the memory and preserves the philanthropic commitment of Charles and his ancestors, whose hard work and business acumen over four generations provided them with the opportunity to share their success with their community. More information at

Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization originally founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1897 and place-based in Cincinnati Ohio’s Price Hill community. Santa Maria provides more than 3,000 individuals with educational tools and resources to build strong families, promote healthy residents, and foster neighborhood revitalization. Our Price Hill Family Centers provide a welcoming environment and the coaching, support, and flexibility to assist families to achieve their identified goals toward stabilization and self-sufficiency. Our mission is to be a catalyst and advocate for Greater Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals. Our vision is for Greater Price Hill to be a vibrant, thriving, and self-sustaining community. More information at