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St. Vincent's Participating in I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival

SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwired - May 21, 2013) - St. Vincent's, celebrating 155 years of serving those who are poor and marginalized in Santa Barbara County, is taking part in the Annual I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival, May 25-27, at the Santa Barbara Mission. Additionally, St. Vincent's recently launched its Spring Appeal to benefit the mothers and children in St. Vincent's Family Strengthening Program.

Rima Villarreal and Rachel Fanucchi from St. Vincent's Family Strengthening Program will be the artists representing all of the courageous mothers. They will use pastels (colored chalk) to "paint" the square donated by Kickstart Consulting, a public relations and communications firm specializing in PR and social media campaigns for high tech clients.

St. Vincent's Family Strengthening Program offers a supportive environment where mothers and their children can learn and grow together. The two-year residential, shared living experience provides a full range of support services, including case management, counseling services, pre and perinatal education, life skills classes, continuing education, and parent coaching. "It is amazing to witness the courage of these women as they work toward their professional and personal goals of earning a living and sustaining their families," shares Sister Margaret Keaveney, D.C., St. Vincent's President and CEO. With the Spring Appeal, St. Vincent's seeks to build a bridge to a brighter and more stable future for each mother and her child.

Thanks to the generosity of Easy Lift, which offers specialized transportation services for south Santa Barbara County, the mothers and children in St. Vincent's Family Strengthening Program will have transportation to I Madonnari, so they can view the artist's works and enjoy a picnic together. "We are grateful to Easy Lift for making this unique experience possible for our families," adds Michelle Falvey, LCSW, Clinical Director of St. Vincent's Family Strengthening Program.

St. Vincent's is the longest, continuously-operating nonprofit human service agency in Santa Barbara. With a Tradition of Caring Since 1858, St. Vincent's serves the most vulnerable residents of Santa Barbara County by providing affordable housing, early childhood education, and family enrichment opportunities.

For more information about St. Vincent's service programs, please contact Michael Padden-Rubin at (805) 683-6381 x110 or mpaddenrubin@sv-sb.org or visit www.stvincents-sb.org or St. Vincent's Facebook Page.