The Woods Family Foundation Awards a $25,000 Challenge Grant to Fund the new Santa Maria Wisdom Center

Will Match New Donations and Gift Increases

SANTA MARIA, CA – The Santa Maria Wisdom Center’s Program Director, Linda Gadbois, announced today that the Center received a $25,000 challenge grant from the Edwin and Jeanne Woods Family Foundation.  The grant will match dollar-for-dollar all donations from supporters raised from now until October 31, 2017.  Life Steps Foundation’s Santa Maria Wisdom Center recently kicked off their $1.7 million capital campaign, ‘Step Up for Seniors’, to raise funds for the construction of the new Santa Maria Wisdom Center, a 9,500 sq. ft. Adult Day Health Care Center serving the frail elderly and adults with disabilities.

“We are incredibly excited and exceptionally blessed to have supporters who have stepped up to help us.  In addition to the City, having a local foundation, who believes in our mission to provide quality, affordable healthcare to frail seniors and adults with disabilities who are at risk of institutional care is a testament to our vision and a springboard to advancing this project forward”, said Linda Gadbois, Program Director.

For over 15 years, the Santa Maria Wisdom Center has provided a holistic roster of Adult Day Health Care services including door-to-door transportation to and from the Center, on-site nursing care and medication management, physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation, stimulating social and recreational activities, breakfast and a hot noon meal.  In 2015, the SMWC launched a dedicated Alzheimer’s program that will be expanded at the new Center.

The new 9,500 square foot Center, located at 2255 S. Depot Street, will have a full-service kitchen, 6,000 sq.ft. day/activity room, physical therapy room, support offices and treatment rooms.   As an added amenity, a secure outdoor patio/recreational area has been designed for clients that offers a total of 1,000 sq.ft. with 500 sq. ft. of it covered for use in inclement weather.

The new Santa Maria Wisdom Center will relieve the current waiting list and increase daily capacity from 60 to 100 clients served.  Thanks to the generosity of donors, the new facility will enable the expansion of existing programs such as the Blue Plate meal delivery service, the Dedicated Alzheimer’s Program and caregiver support groups and affords the space to introduce new outdoor therapeutic activities like gardening.

Recently, the City of Santa Maria awarded a Community Development Block Grant for $193,500 toward the construction of the new Center bringing the total raised to just over $915,000.

Donations to the ‘Step Up for Seniors’ Capital Campaign can be made online at

To learn more about the Santa Maria Wisdom Center’s campaign or programs at the new Center, contact Program Director Linda Gadbois,, or call (805) 354-5322.