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Causes: Children & Youth, Family Services, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Human Services, Neighborhood Centers, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Santa maria is a catalyst and advocate for greater price hill families to attain their education, financial, and health goals.

Programs: The santa maria early childhood education/parenting (every child succeeds, promoting our preschoolers, and family child care) programs use an intensive, home-visitation approach with parents as teachers curriculum, to provide support, screenings, advocacy and education for children prenatally through kindergarten and their caregivers. Participants are also connected to health care providers with well child checkups and are on track with immunizations. Progress is measured with various standardized assessment tools and significant gains are seen with every group. Approximately 400 families with children ages prenatal to five receive home visitation services annually. In addition, santa maria provided coaching to 31 family child care providers to increase their knowledge of child development and strategies to increase the children's skills in their home setting. These home providers serve more than 186 children on a regular basis. Separately, santa maria provided similar coaching for staff in nine different child care centers and one parochial school. All three programs help participating children grow developmentally and make substantial increases in their performance assessments in the areas of motor, cognitive, language, and social/emotional development. More than 1,100 parents and children benefited directly from these programs in 2017. Stable families is linked with early childhood/parenting and offers direct support to families with school-age children to help stabilize their housing to prevent the children's schooling from being disrupted by avoidable moves. The goal is to support price hill families by averting family crises that could lead to homelessness. Using intervention, prevention, and education tools we work to (re)establish housing stability while promoting continuity of education for children. We are helping to build strong families by keeping by keeping families in their homes and children in school. During 2017, stable families served 487 individuals, 149 of whom are adults, in 117 families. Healthy homes: block by block program recruits and trains neighborhood residents to work part-time as block captains for their block. The purpose is to identify homes on the block with a pregnant mom and/or children five and under. Once identified, these homes are offered a wide array of resources to promote kindergarten readiness and support the healthy development of the children such as connections to medical homes for mother and children, safety equipment for the home, books to read, and other tools to increase literacy in the home. As of july 2017, healthy homes: block by block spun off and incorporationed to form its own separate nonprofit organization.

the workforce development program (literacy center west & price hill financial opportunity center) focuses on long term strategies for financial stability by offering ged preparation classes, employment coaching, benefits counseling, housing supports and financial coaching at no cost to clients. Longer term outcomes include employment retention, imp roved credit, increased net income and increased net worth. When appropriate, families are encouraged to enroll for public benefits and area resources in order to free up cash in the family budget to pay down debt, build assets and eventually work themselves off of public benefits. Through workshops and one-on-one coaching, the financial coach assists clients to complete a financial assessment and identify opportunities to save money on things like check cashing fees, tax preparation costs, finance charges and other hidden costs while building savings through matched savings accounts. Workforce development offers ged preparation to adults and out-of-school youth while the job readiness program supports all clients as they explore career options, set career goals, and develop a plan to achieve those goals. During 2017, nearly 1,500 individuals received workforce development services.

project advance americorps- this year engaged 16 americorps members who served in various community settings supporting four basic services. Members served as tutors and coaches to help hundreds of low income youth and adults receive much needed help with their education, health, housing and employment. Youth development program worked intensively for a full school year with 28 sixth, seventh and eighth grade youth and their families providing advocacy and group work in lower price hill and, as a result, all these youth were promoted to the next grade. Santa maria's "building youth assets" program offered a combination of structured group facilitation and consistent family advocacy, helping price hill and lower price hill youth develop social and emotional competencies that are predictive of academic and non-academic success. The program also works to prevent violence in lower price hill through the lower price hill violence prevention collaborative that utilizes a variety of best-practices strategies to give youth protective factors while reducing family risk factors. The youth development program operates out of the joe williams family center, 2312 glenway avenue, former site of the espy boys and girls club. Dozens of youth attend regularly for a diverse array of activities including a sports league, basketball, obstacle course race training, art opportunities, guitar lessons, healthy cooking and much more. In 2017 the youth development program served 232 individuals.

santa maria's wellness and immigrant services has two basic components. The wellness program ensures that the medically underserved increase their use of community health resources to maintain their health. The program assists individuals to identify chronic diseases and medical conditions that require treatment and helps program participants access and use appropriate and affordable health care. This work is accomplished through community health outreach sites, health navigation using community health workers, cooking classes and other health workshops, and community health fairs. Additionally, the program partners with local organizations to provide emergency prescription assistance, free eye exams and glasses, hearing exams and aids, health insurance enrollment, health navigation and free mental health counseling. Of particular note, this program provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health navigation services to the hispanic/latino and african communities. During 2017, 799 individuals benefited from the wellness program. The international welcome center (iwc) provides group programming, english for speakers of other languages (esol) classes, and resources for the immigrant community of the greater cincinnati area. Services are offered free of charge at santa maria's east price hill center as well as roberts paideia academy in price hill. During the esol classes at roberts academy, youth enrichment activities are offered for the children of the adult students. Iwc served 321 adults and children in 2017.

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