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Half a Century of Hope: Festival Celebrates 50 Years of Service to Santa Maria Families

Media Contact: Sophia Corona (805) 319-5939
Half a Century of Hope: Festival Celebrates
50 Years of Service to Santa Maria Families

(SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA September 18, 2023)  Family Service Agency is thrilled to announce Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center’s (SMVYFC) 50th anniversary celebration, marking half a century of dedicated service to the Santa Maria Valley community. The Santa Maria Family Festival takes place on Sunday October 1st from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Teresa Machado Plaza, located at the corner of North Pine Street and West Chapel Street.
“We invite the entire Santa Maria Valley community to come together to celebrate the remarkable achievements of SMVYFC and the countless lives it has positively impacted,” said Arcelia Sención, Chief Strategy and North County Programs Officer. “We anticipate many more years of promoting hope, strength and stability to children, families, and seniors in Santa Maria.”
The Santa Maria Family Festival promises an afternoon filled with festivities that cater to every age group. Attendees can enjoy a variety of food trucks, watch musical performances, learn about SMVYFC’s services, and play exciting games with the chance to win prizes! Children and families can also engage in a creative corner, where they can craft friendship bracelets and get their faces painted.
Since its inception in 1973, Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center has been a cornerstone of support and community outreach, providing mental health counseling, family support services, and a range of programs that have touched the lives of over 12,000 individuals annually. The impact of SMVYFC, which is part of Family Service Agency, is immeasurable, offering services that have shaped brighter futures for generations to come. 
To learn more about the 50 years of SMVYFC's transformative work, visit
Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County (FSA) is a nonprofit social service agency that has served the people of Santa Barbara County since 1899. Operating as Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center (SMVYFC) in Santa Maria and Little House By The Park (LHP) in Guadalupe, FSA helps the community’s most vulnerable children, families, and seniors meet their basic needs while simultaneously addressing mental health needs. Through this holistic approach, FSA improves the strength and well-being of our community. All services are provided free or on a sliding fee/donation scale and no one is denied assistance because of an inability to pay. Visit or call (805) 965-1001 for more information.

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