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South Carolina Celebrates Holidays with New Affiliate

Family Promise of the Midlands Director Kathleen McLean-Titus.
Join us in a holiday welcome to Family Promise of the Midlands, in Columbia, South Carolina. This marks the eighth Affiliate to open in the Palmetto State.

The need is great--Columbia has no shelters that can take in older boys and men. In the more affluent of Richland County’s two school districts, one in 750 children is classified as homeless. In the other, there are 400 children without homes.

Efforts began on the heels of the demise of another organization with a similar mission. A Presbyterian pastor, Jill Duffield, who had served in the Rock Hill Affiliate, suggested they turn the 501c3 over to help with the creation of an Affiliate. From there, a community meeting was held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in September of 2012, with 80 attendees and Donna Lawson and Tony McDade presiding.

The development group made steady progress, with boosts from Sarah MacDonald and Jeanna Beck until opening training, with Tony this fall. They open their doors with a full year’s budget (helped in part by a kickstarter campaign), 15 host congregations, a Day Center at Heyward St UMC and a minibus donated by Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. The Director, Kathleen McLean-Titus, had previously worked for the state as a director of foster care programming.

The first family came in on December 7th, with Shandon Presbyterian Church as the first host.