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Nora Roberts Foundation Generously Funds Dozens of Musical Instruments for PSHH Students

Paso Robles/Santa Maria, Calif., June 21 – This month, 41 eager, young students completed 20 weeks of musical education, provided on-site at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) properties by the Infinite Music Foundation. To the students delight, new, generous funding from the Nora Roberts Foundation will allow them to keep their instruments after the program ends.  

“Makin’ Music Afterschool” began in January with two beginning drum classes and one beginning ukulele class at PSHH Properties Los Adobes de Maria II in Santa Maria and Canyon Creek Apartments in Paso Robles, respectively. These classes were provided with funding from the Infinite Music Foundation, which supports innovative regionally-based music programs. This month PSHH received an additional $1,890 from the Nora Roberts Foundation, to allow the drum and ukulele students to keep the instruments they had enjoyed playing along with the music stands and sheet music. 

“We are so grateful for the opportunity to bring music education to the children at our sites,” said John Fowler, PSHH President/CEO. “The classes were so successful, we would like to offer the "Makin’ Music Afterschool” program again in the fall. If another generous donor can be found, students will have the chance to progress in their studies and express their love of music.” 

As part of a greater effort to provide a service-enriched environment for their residents “Makin’ Music Afterschool” is arranged through PSHH’s Community Building & Engagement program, which partners with local agencies and organizations to bring classes, health services, community events, and volunteers to their properties. For more information, please visit 

About Infinite Music Foundation 
The Infinite Music Foundation is a 501(c)3 grassroots organization that supports innovative, regionally based music programs and events that foster education, empowerment, expression and appreciation for young people to transform their lives. They believe that music is the springboard to learning for all students, regardless of academic level, language, or socioeconomic status.  

About Nora Roberts Foundation 
In 2001 Nora Roberts created the Nora Roberts Foundation. A successful business woman as well as a best-selling author, Ms. Roberts envisioned her foundation as an avenue of support for organizations promoting and encouraging literacy, children, the arts and humanitarian efforts. These areas, particularly important to her and her family, serve as the focus of the foundation. For more information about Nora Roberts, please visit her website: 

About PSHH  
Founded in 1970, PSHH is the largest nonprofit housing provider on the Central Coast with a mission of building affordable homes and providing site-based services that offer opportunities to change lives and strengthen communities. PSHH serves low-income working families, farmworkers, seniors and veterans and provides welcoming environments for the formerly homeless and those living with disabilities. It also promotes homeownership through a “sweat equity” program that has seen over 1,200 homes successfully constructed. PSHH has a presence in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, manages over 1,800 rental units, and employs nearly 200 staff members. For more information, please visit, email or phone (805) 781-3088. 

Media Contact: Peoples’ Self-Help Housing, Communications Department,, (805) 548-2340