Santa Maria Community Services Receives $49,175 from the Hamilton County Nonprofit Relief Program Through the United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. is pleased to announce it has received $49,175 from the Hamilton County Nonprofit Relief Program through the United Way of Greater Cincinnati to support Healthy Childhood Environments. These funds will be used to reimburse Santa Maria for expenses incurred in the Every Child Succeeds (ECS) and Promoting Our Preschoolers (POP) programs between January 1, 2022 and September 30, 2022.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati is administering the grant program for the Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners through the county’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). United Way, investing in changing systems so more people achieve economic well-being, has greatly researched community need by talking to those closest to the challenges. The organization is increasingly involved in administering government grants to ensure funding addresses true community challenges and promotes long-term sustainable change.

Qualified human social services nonprofits must have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 or provide services to residents who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

The ECS program promotes positive parenting and healthy child development ​both prenatally and during the crucial first 1,000 days of life through comprehensive home visiting services. The POP program is a family-focused kindergarten-readiness program that works collaboratively with families, schools, and the community through home visitation.

“We are grateful for these ARP funds from Hamilton County that will help us continue to provide in-home services to families negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said H.A. Musser, Jr., President and CEO of Santa Maria. “Our home visitors provide ECS parents support for maternal and child health and wellbeing and our POP families get assistance building reading, language and social skills. These funds will help Santa Maria continue to provide essential services to these new and expectant parents.”

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About Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.
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 2,500 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. Santa Maria is a United Way Agency.

About United Way of Greater Cincinnati & Foundation
United Way of Greater Cincinnati believes all people in our region deserve economic well-being, so we work closely with communities to identify patterns, uncover the greatest need and change systems so more individuals and families achieve economic stability and mobility. For more than 100 years, we have worked at the intentional intersection of basic needs, health and wellness and quality education. The generosity of our community enables our work to remove barriers and bring resources together to address inequities, change systems and build stronger, more resilient communities throughout a nine-county area in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Additional information about our community impact is available at #LiveUnited