Focus on the Palmetto State

June 2018 at 9:30 am

In our first segment we spoke with Scott Stephens, the Director of Development at Generations Group. Their mission is to prevent sexual abuse by helping neglected and/or at-risk adolescent and pre-adolescent males overcome abusive behaviors. Their goal is to give their boys a warm, home-like setting which is highly structured and staff-secured, as well as a therapeutic environment that promotes and rewards positive change and treats every person with care and respect. We also help our residents see that they can transform their lives and return to the community as positive, productive, and responsible citizens. We learned about their programs such as their Group Homes, Community Services and Family Therapy.

In segment two we spoke with Cathy Huffman, Upstate Area Team Leader for Operation Christmas Child. According to our guest, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. That’s because collecting items for the shoeboxes they deliver at Christmas is a year-round project. We learned how they deliver gift boxes to needy children around the world each year. They are always looking for new individuals, groups and businesses to join their effort and bring a little joy into a child’s life.

In our next segment we visited with Ken Dority, the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness here in Greenville. We learned about an exciting new partnership that is in the works called Shared Solutions. This is a collaborative effort to form a new crisis intervention center. This facility will start out small with just 10 beds. Their goal is to keep people with mental health issues out of jail or emergency room when picked up by the police.

In our last segment we talked with Jil Littlejohn, the President & CEO of Urban League of the Upstate. Each year the National Urban League publishes a STATE OF BLACK AMERICA report, which evaluates the relative social and economic status of African Americans. This year, Ms. Littlejohn was fortunate to have her commentary included in the report.