From the Desk of H.A. Musser, Jr.


Hello Nune,

Can you smell the pumpkin spice in the air? Autumn is finally here and it's already been a busy season at Santa Maria!

On October 9, we held a FREE Health Fair at the Price Hill Recreation Center. The fair offered participants free COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters, antigen tests and antibodies tests. There were also mammograms available through St. Elizabeth's Mammography Van. The event was a huge success! We were able to provide:

63 Vaccines;

13 Pfizer Booster Vaccines;

34 COVID-19 Antigen tests;

14 COVID-19 Antibodies tests; and

16 Mammograms.

In addition, we distributed 127 boxes of food, 200 meals, and had more than 50 volunteers.

Santa Maria is also looking ahead to more great events!

We are celebrating #GivingTuesday again this year. #GivingTuesday is November 30, 2021. Visit us online at GivingTuesdayToday.org! Would you like a reminder to give on #GivingTuesday? Add our event to your calendar by clicking here.

December 8, 2022 is Santa Maria's 125th birthday! But you won't have to wait to celebrate with us because we will be observing the anniversary all year long! Stay tuned for more details as the new year approaches.

We cannot wait to celebrate with all of you.


H.A. Musser, Jr.

President and CEO

Santa Maria Community Services

Former Foster Youth Works Toward her High School Equivalency While Completing Santa Maria’s Work Experience Program


When Hanora Palmer enrolled in Santa Maria Community Service’s (SMCS) Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP) in 2018, she had recently aged out of the foster care system and was seeking employment and High School Equivalency (HSE) services. Now, Hanora continues to study for her HSE and has recently enrolled in the popular Work Experience Program. She meets weekly with her Santa Maria Workforce Coach, Kelsie Wilkens, who guides her through a career-focused curriculum that includes essential job-readiness skills like social-emotional learning and workplace basics.

Read more of Hanora's story here.

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