Santa Maria Healthy Start
, a Family Resource Center, acts as a safety net for vulnerable children and families, linking them to resources that meet their most basic needs. We work in collaboration with the Santa Maria Bonita School District (20 schools), medical and dental clinics, county agencies, community agencies, and others so that children and families in Santa Maria can access a broad range of services. Santa Maria Healthy Start Family Advocates provide case management, advocacy, and education services to promote self-sufficiency at its Resource Center. Our staff coordinates referrals for children in need of medical, dental and/or vision care, as well as coordinates referrals of families in need of basic needs, counseling, employment, housing, and other needs. The focus of the case management, advocacy, and education services at Healthy Start is to assist families facing a complex set of barriers to self-sufficiency by providing access to care, strengthening a family’s skills and resources and engaging parents in their children’s academic experiences.