August 17, 2022

Hello Nune,

It has been such a busy summer and there is so much more to tell you about as we get ready for fall.

In this issue, I hope you will enjoy reading Buddy LaRosa's memories of our co-founder, Sister Blandina Segale, as we continue celebrating our 125th anniversary.

Coming up, we are so pleased to present our 3rd annual fundraising event, The Sharing Table, presented by Nehemiah Manufacturing! It will be held at ARCO (Price Hill Will - 3301 Price Avenue) on Thursday, September 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Guest speaker, Dr. O'dell Owens, will be helping us celebrate community and raise awareness of childhood poverty. Registrations are now open - just click here!

We will also be celebrating our official 125th birthday in November; details are coming soon.

Finally, today is National Nonprofit Day! We would love for you to click the donation button below to make a donation to Santa Maria in celebration. Thank you for your support!



H.A. Musser, Jr.

President and CEO

Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.

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Buddy LaRosa Shares Memories of Sister Blandina Segale

Donald Sebastiano “Buddy” LaRosa, founder of the LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria chain, recently sat down with family friend, Suzie Murdock Cavanaugh, to discuss his memories of Sister Blandina Segale, in honor of Santa Maria's 125th anniversary. He remembers S. Blandina with a great deal of fondness and admiration in this heartfelt tribute to our late co-foundress.

Read Buddy's Story Here

Sharon and her son, John-Vair, Thrive in Every Child Succeeds

Thirty-nine-year-old Sharon Glenn is the proud mother of three-year-old John-Vair. She came to Santa Maria before John-Vair was even born to be part of our Every Child Succeeds (ECS) program. Learn how ECS helped Sharon make better decisions and learn more about her son. Sharon said she would be lost without ECS!

Read Sharon & Jon-Vair's Story Here


Promoting Our Preschoolers Graduates!

There were 35 5-year olds who graduated into Kindergarten after two years in our program!

Congratulations, English as a Second Language Graduates!

English as a Second Language students were at both introductory and advanced levels. Eight families joined us for the celebration!


Parents on Point Graduates!

This was the first Parents On Point graduating class to participate at Oyler School! There were nine graduates in this cohort that lasted 12 weeks!

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