April 2019 – Focus on the Palmetto State
In our first segment we spoke with Tony Lee, Coordinator of Crime Stoppers of Greenville and Mark Meglic, Vice President of the Board of Directors. The mission of this non-profit organization is to provide tips to law enforcement to assist with making arrests. They have been fighting crime for the past 38 years, have had over 10,000 cases cleared and have produced 3,600 arrests. Tony and Mark shared with us that the organization does not disclose the identity of the callers and that anybody who gives tips can be rewarded with financial compensation. They also informed us that their annual golf tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 30 at the Preserve at Verdae. The tournament serves as the organization’s sole source of funding for the year and it will include music by Trey Francis, an auction, a meal and special vehicles on display for friends and family. If anyone would like to report a tip, they can go online to 23crime.com.
Segment two of the show focused on the plight of homelessness in the upstate area. We spoke with Jim Carroll, Chairman of SEARCHlight Initiative and Lorain Crowl, Executive Director of United Housing Connections. The two organizations have collaborated to create a permanent housing facility called Reedy Place. It’s a 23-unit, one-bedroom sanctuary for folks who have been chronically homeless and suffer with mental illness. The Department of Housing and Urban Development defines the chronically homeless as people sleeping in conditions unfit for humans and they say the people affected usually suffer from physical or emotional illness. The organizations are currently working on their next project of creating 35 units of studio apartments and a new community center that will allow people to get to connected to supportive services. Currently they are attempting to raise 3.4 million dollars for this project. If you want to donate to this organization, you can go online to unitedhousingconnections.org.
The final segment of the show revolved around conflict resolution. We spoke with Teresa Miller from the Greenville Rotary Club who informed us that on Friday, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Greenville Convention Center, Rotary International will be sponsoring the second Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference. The purpose of this event is to inspire people to have difficult conversations with one another and have them conclude in a peaceful and productive manner. The event will include breakfast, lunch, 6 nationally recognized speakers and an interfaith panel of religious leaders. The conference is designed for the general public and the registration fee is 45 dollars. Registration can be completed online at peaceandconflictresolution.com.