The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services is tackling the state’s domestic violence issue with new special agents.
I want to begin by saying thank you for making 2015 another year in which Meg’s House was in a position to provide much needed services for domestic violence victims in our community. The dedicated staff has done an outstanding job responding to the needs of those we serve. In addition, we have had tremendous community support. We have also witnessed an increase in support of our efforts because of the national spotlight on domestic violence.
We have experienced positive legislation in South Carolina to add more accountability when perpetrators are convicted and charged with criminal domestic violence. The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence led the way in legislative advocacy and has continued to stay abreast of the process and provide technical support for our program.
Our continued goal is to continue our efforts to be a leader in our community responding to the needs of domestic violence victims. As experts in the area of domestic violence, we provide support and assistance to other agencies, churches, schools, colleges, universities, and businesses in our service area.
In addition, Meg’s House has taken the lead in strengthening and uniting the GAMES (Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield and Saluda) chapter of homeless service providers in our community.
During the year 2015, we plan to continue our programs and services and utilize all partner agencies to reduce the number of domestic violence related cases and save lives. We invite you to continue to be supportive of our efforts because together we can make a difference and have a significant impact in our community.
Alice Hodges, PhD
The event “No More Lies and Bruises” took place on March 14, 2014. At the event, musician Josh Owens debuted a beautiful song about the horrible consequences of domestic violence. Watch a video of the event below, and get a download of the live debut of “Lies and Bruises” HERE.
Each year, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a count of homeless individuals across the nation. The resulting data allows the government to assess local service providers’ funding needs. On January 23th, 2014, the Upstate Homeless Coalition will coordinate a street and shelter count of homeless individuals in 13 counties across the Upstate.
A safe, efficient, and accurate count is required to meet the needs of veterans, families, and other individuals who have no safe place to stay in Greenwood County. Last year, volunteers counted 238 people who are experiencing homelessness in Greenwood County. Because a large portion of Greenwood is rural, it is difficult to count everyone—and professionals estimate this number is too low to be accurate. This year, county coordinator Candace Timmerman and the team of local partner agencies and volunteers are hoping to get numbers that accurately reflect the situation here in Greenwood.
Although the PIT Count helps agencies serve the less fortunate, it also benefits local taxpayers. While it may not be obvious, the chronically homeless create significant costs to city governments. A recent cost study on homelessness found that placing four chronically homeless persons into permanent supportive housing can save more than $80,000 a year.
The Upstate Homeless Coalition hopes to provide effective and sustainable solutions to the problem of homelessness—by helping with the count, members of the Upstate community are invited to do their own small part.
Join the Mayor, Meg’s House, and umbrella programs Hope and GAMES as they work to bring awareness to the homeless population in Greenwood.
We’ll be giving out shirts, trophies, and gift bags. Plus, there’s a chance to win free food from uptown restaurants like TW Boon’s, Howard’s, and Buffalo Grill — just for coming out and participating!
The race kicks off November 23rd at 11:00AM at the fountain on Main Street. Finish just in time for lunch uptown!
Register online now for a reduced fee! www.mayors5k.eventbrite.com
This past year at Meg’s House has been challenging and extremely rewarding. Meg’s House provides services and programs to meet the critical needs of victims of domestic violence and their dependent children. Additionally, Meg’s House has umbrella programs that serve homeless families and chronically homeless and disabled individuals. Our vision is to be a leader by working constantly to serve all victims of domestic violence and support homeless issues in our community.
Here are some of our past accomplishments: acquiring stable funding to sustain our programs, coordinating with other agencies to help our program participants, coordinating with local colleges and universities to promote awareness, advocating for underserved populations, and working with local businesses, churches, and community groups to provide awareness. We hope to accomplish much more in the upcoming year and we will reach out to partner with a multitude of agencies, businesses, individuals, media outlets, and organizations to accomplish our goals.
Meg’s House will continue to provide training, education programs, and community outreach to those concerned with domestic violence. We must continue to involve the entire community to help in this important work. In doing this very thing, we make Greenwood a better place for all. Thank you for your continued support.
Alice Hodges, PhD
Greenwood, SC – This week, clients of Project Hope got treated to a day at the salon, through an effort between Meg’s House and Cypress Hair and Nail Studio. The clients – homeless individuals with disabilities – were given new haircuts and had their nails painted, and left feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Employee Sara Collins of Project Hope – an umbrella program of Meg’s House providing long-term housing for homeless individuals with disabilities – set up the project with the goal of giving the clients a chance to enjoy a new, clean cut. “Our clients come from many different backgrounds and living situations, and many don’t have the funds for a regular haircut.”
Cypress employees spent the day styling hair, painting nails, and getting to know the people of Project Hope. Client Curtis Franklin (pictured) received a new “hair style” and enjoyed the services. According to Jillian McDonald, manager at Cypress, “Getting a haircut is a renewing process, and can be a powerful tool to restoring positivity and hope. Making everyone feel good from head to toe is our biggest goal, and we are so glad we could help the clients of Project Hope.”
The 2012 HUD Continuum of Care competition for the funding of homeless programs is now open. 501(c)(3) organizations and units of local government are eligible to apply. All new programs must be for permanent housing for chronically homeless persons/families. The project can be for one year. The total amount available is $301,991. Applications for these projects must be submitted to:
Michael Chesser, Executive Director
Upstate Homeless Coalition of South Carolina
150 Executive Center Drive, #B211
Greenville, SC 29615
in hard form by the 16th of December. You may email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.