Santa Maria awarded $25,000 toward client assistance

Santa Maria Community Services is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $25,000 grant from The Project LIFT Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for the agency’s client assistance services including those that remove barriers which keep families from achieving their goals toward stability. Project LIFT is a $5 million, public/private effort to remove barriers to self-sufficiency and help families thrive. Led by the Child Poverty Collaborative, Project LIFT aims to help families by reducing poverty in Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The initiative centers around five key strategies including: employment; flexible service coordination; transportation solutions; wrap-around funding; and community outreach and engagement.

Project LIFT aims to fill in the gaps that government services cannot with most of the money invested in the program going directly to individuals and families. The Fund recognizes that families continue to face barriers to progress and provides opportunities for all people to grow, connect, and achieve a quality of life that enables them to succeed in all areas. The Fund puts in place efforts to improve the economic self-sufficiency for families and strives to enable children living in poverty and their parents to access solutions that will enable them to escape from poverty.

The Child Poverty Collaborative is comprised of diverse organizations and individuals who share the same goal: to make our community a place where all children and families can thrive and reach their goals. It is a community-driven initiative designed to address the unacceptable rates of child poverty in Cincinnati.