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CALM celebrated the opening of their new Santa Maria office with a ribbon cutting and open house.

In honor of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and to celebrate the opening of their new Santa Maria facility, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) as part of their open house.

CALM’s mission is to prevent, assess, treat and prevent child abuse. They serve all of Santa Barbara county, and recently relocated their Santa Maria offices to a new building.

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Membership Manager Cara Martinez presents the ceremonial ribbon to CALM's CEO Alana Walczak.
Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce Membership Manager Cara Martinez presents the ceremonial ribbon to CALM’s CEO Alana Walczak.

“80% of all child abuse and neglect calls that are coming into child welfare services are coming from North Santa Barbara County,” said CALM CEO Alana Walczak. “So CALM felt it was really important to expand our scope and really try to provide more services here in north county.”

Along with the ribbon cutting, CALM’s open house included proclamations from Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino and Lompoc Mayor Bob Lingl, as well as a tour of the new facility.

“We’re really happy to be celebrating this grand opening,” Walczak said. “and we really appreciate the support from the community.”

You can learn more about CALM and the services they provide by visiting their website, and by watching the video below.