New Web Site for Santa Maria Urban Ministry

After months of work, the new Santa Maria Urban Ministry (SMUM) web site was posted yesterday. My daughter Jessica did much of the design and transition work with many suggestions and testing by SMUM teachers, staff, and the Board. John Plocher provided technical support and last night moved in the website so the new design and content are now visible to the public.

Since 1983, SMUM has provided emergency food to the residents of San José’s inner city. In addition to continuing to serve the needs of our clients and promote their self-sufficiency, SMUM has developed transformative programs to serve the needs of and promote self-sufficiency within our community.  These programs include:

  • ABC Playtime (preschool)
  • Christmas gifts and food
  • Food Pantry
  • School Backpacks
  • Studio (after-school)
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

You will find old and new material on (which resolves to automatically), including:

  • All Canticle newsletters from 2008-2009-2010
  • The Studio kids’ games page –
  • A link to the diocesan donation page –
  • A way to sign up for the SMUM email distribution list (under SUBSCRIBE on the right-hand side)
  • A new SMUM Donor page is available for the first time
  • Many new pictures (mostly by me!)
  • Updated and corrected content

This has been one of those projects for which the last 20% of work seemed to take 80% of the time… Edits, corrections, and comments are welcome.

Katy Dickinson
SMUM Board Member
SMUM Studio Teacher

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