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Focus on the Palmetto State

June 2019 – Focus on the Palmetto State

In our first segment we spoke with Sara Barber, Executive Director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. South Carolina is currently ranked within the top ten states in the nation in the rate of women killed by a man due to domestic violence. The coalition has 22-member organizations across the state who provide holistic services for victims including housing in the case of domestic violence, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, hospital accompaniment and counseling. Sara shared with us that the coalition recently started a new program entitled Real Relationships. The purpose of the program is to intervene early and teach young people about healthy relationships, the importance of trust, respect, consent and the value of personal space. Given young adults affinity for social media, the organization has developed messages and ads that directs them to their website to find out more information about healthy relationships and also quiz them on their own relationship IQ

Segment two of the show focused on Habitat for Humanity. Gail Peay, the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives for Habitat of Greenville County, shared with us that the organization has been around the community for 34 years and has built over 360 homes that primarily serve Greenville residents that make between 30 and 60% of area median income. All home recipients are required to complete 200 hours of sweat equity and complete a comprehensive financial literacy training program. The organization also recently partnered with the American Red Cross to assist local families who have experienced a fire or flood at their home. Approximately 2,600 volunteers come through their program annually and 80% of them work on construction projects. The organization is always in need of more volunteers for special events, coordination, computer data entry and office management in their ReStores. If anyone desires to volunteer or donate to the organization, they can call 864-672-6341 or go online at habitatgreenville.org

The final segment of the show revolved around the non-profit organization entitled Generations Group which seeks to prevent sexual abuse by assisting neglected or at-risk young men overcome learned abusive behaviors. The group home has operated in Greenville County since 1991 and enjoys a 98% success rate. We spoke with Pat Wilbanks, the Development Coordinator who shared with us that the organization has three campuses that currently house 60 boys ages 10 to 18 who typically stay at the home between 12 to 16 months. The boys are referred to the home from various state agencies after having been involved in sexually traumatizing activity. Pat stated that they receive assistance in overcoming these emotions and making wiser choices in the future. If you want to donate or volunteer with this organization, go online at generationsgroup.com

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