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First Friday Homeless Connect Event
The First Friday Homeless Connect Event was started in February of this year to help those who are homeless get connected to area services to improve their situation. Susan Firimonte, an attorney with South Carolina Legal Services, had the idea of having one centrally located place where homeless people can come for various kinds of help. A partnership with Lighthouse Ministries, with other Florence services invited to participate, was the perfect solution. Some participating organizations, in addition to SC Legal Services and Lighthouse Ministries are the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, the Pee Dee Area Veterans Advisory Council, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Goodwill, Florence County Veterans Administration, the Florence County Solicitor, and the Benefit Bank of S.C.
At this event, homeless people get free legal help with civil and criminal matters or cleaning up a criminal record, food, clothing vouchers and hygiene items. Also help with VA claims, assessments for alcohol, drug or psychological problems, help finding work, filing Social Security Disability claims, getting I.D. replaced, filing for food stamps and other benefits, and referrals to appropriate agencies.
Donations of hygiene items are needed. Full size or personal size items are put into kits and given to those in need. This is the perfect place to donate the unused travel size personal care items you brought home from the motel. Simply drop them off at our office.
This event is held the first Friday of each month from 9 am to 12 noon at Lighthouse Ministries; however, due to holidays some dates may change.
|The Annual Illumination Luncheon Coming June 2014|
The School Foundation helps
to prepare children for kindergarten.
Education doesn't just begin when a child reaches kindergarten-- it begins at birth. One of the resources available in Florence is The School Foundation. Over the years The School Foundation has prided itself on supporting and contributing to FSD1's K-12 teachers and students. With the creation of the Start SMART program, they have added a brand new goal-- assisting parents in preparing their children for kindergarten.
Click here for more information www.startsmartflo.org and to access a form to match your child with resources that fit their specific needs.