Christianah Bello is a retired Registered Nurse and enjoys working with women and kids. Jason Leoncio is currently a student at Houston Community College in San Jacinto and in his free time he is a substitute teacher for Spring ISD. Ashley Robinson has recently moved to Houston from California. She chose to work at Santa Maria, because she is passionate about serving the recovery community by giving them a second chance, and working with the whole family is how she sees she can create a larger impact.
This group will be assisting in the implementation of an after-school program, Together Time. Designed by Santa Maria staff and key volunteer, Robert Graham, Together Time is an after school program for elementary school aged Santa Maria residents and their mothers to engage and learn together via age-appropriate brain development activities. This program has been developed through partnerships and funding from the Texas Change in Mind Institute. The institute is made up of ten organizations from Texas, including Santa Maria with the goal of incorporating the latest science on how our brains are built and how they are shaped by adversity into the organizations that families rely on. These ten organizations are being supported and challenged to rethink and redesign different components of their work to integrate brain science and strengthen their foundation of fairness. Together Time will further these goals at Santa Maria.
With support from Santa Maria staff, volunteers, Serve Houston AmeriCorps members and other partners such as the Houston Children’s Museum, Santa Maria is excited to launch Together Time.