June 27, 2013

University of South Carolina men’s basketball coach writes about the importance of South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families in newspaper column

University of South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin has been a supporter of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families since moving to South Carolina in 2012. He recently wrote a guest columnist piece for The State about the importance of being a dad. [More]
March 25, 2013

Register to win $5,000 for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families in the “Drive for Charity” event

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families has an opportunity to receive a $5,000 donation through a Columbia car dealer’s Drive for Charity event. By registering for the Galeana Chrysler Jeep charity event, participants have a chance to win $1,000 for themselves and $5,000 for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. [More]
March 18, 2013

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families receives $7,500 from Touchdowns for Fatherhood program

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families received a check for $7,500 from TD Bank during halftime of a University of South Carolina basketball game in February. The money was raised through the “Touchdowns for Fatherhood” partnership between The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and TD Bank of the Midlands. [More]
March 8, 2013

Health System Leaders Continue Call to Extend Medicaid

Through the Affordable Care Act, states may expand Medicaid coverage to persons up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Increasing access to Medicaid will give 450,000 to 600,000 uninsured Ohioans and approximately 250,000 uninsured South Carolinians the dignity of health insurance. The debate is in the state legislatures. Voices are needed now to encourage extension of Medicaid coverage. [More]
February 18, 2013

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families featured in “Catholic Health World” newspaper

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and its Nurse Practitioner Dawn Pender are featured in the February 15 edition of Catholic Health World. The article highlights the center’s mission and the work Pender does as she helps medically underserved men receive proper healthcare. [More]
January 14, 2013

Voting now open for the Center for Fathers and Families to win $100,000 in the Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge

University of South Carolina Men’s Basketball Coach Frank Martin is representing the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System, for a chance to win $100,000 for the center! Please take a moment to visit espn.com/infiniti. The center needs a minimum of 1,000 votes PER DAY for Coach Martin as he competes with 47 other rival coaches and their charities. Voting ends February 27. Your vote counts! Please vote every day! Fathers matter. The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families helps fathers overcome challenges and become actively involved in their children’s lives. Fathers care deeply about their children, but need the help of a program like the Center to help them strengthen their roles as fathers financially and emotionally. When fathers are involved in their children’s lives the families and communities win. About the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge: The Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge is an online competition between 48 head men’s college basketball coaches across the nation. Each coach represents a charity of their choice and competes against one another for online votes with the hopes of winning $100,000 for their charity. The coaches are separated into four regions South, East, Midwest and West. You are allowed to vote for one coach in each region once per day. After six weeks the coaches’ with the most votes from each region move onto the final four. Please help us in getting Coach Martin to the final four and ultimately winning the grand prize for our ministry, the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. Please share this message and encourage others to vote for Coach Martin and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. Also, be sure to “like” the Center on their facebook page and follow them on twitter (@SCFathers) to track the progress of the challenge.
January 11, 2013

Cast your vote for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families in the NCAA Coaches’ Charity Challenge

University of South Carolina Men's Basketball Coach, Frank Martin, is competing in the 3rd annual ESPN Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge. He's competing for online votes to win $100,000 for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. [More]
November 21, 2012

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families executive director participates in launch of national fatherhood initiative

The Center for Urban Families formally launched the National Practitioners' Leadership Institute (NPLI) at an October event at its headquarters in Baltimore, with Pat Littlejohn, executive director of the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, participating as part of a panel discussion at the launch event. NPLI is a national cohort-based initiative designed to improve outcomes for low-income fathers and families by strengthening the capacity of organizations and government agencies working in the responsible fatherhood and family strengthening. The launch introduced the first cohort of NPLI’s Leadership Academy and included remarks by Joshua DuBois, director of White House Office of Faith Based Neighborhood Partnership, among others. The NPLI works to promote the larger development and forward advancement of the human services field by fostering diverse venues for peer learning while establishing a broadened network of grassroots organizations dedicated to strengthening families and to providing quality services in responsible fatherhood, workforce development, and healthy relationship and marriage. The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. Pictured is Pat Littlejohn (middle) on the discussion panel at the launch of the National Practitioners' Leadership Institute.
November 19, 2012

South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families’ impact reaches across the state

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and its local affiliated programs are making an impact across South Carolina. Below are highlights from a few of those local programs: A Father's Place receives $19,400 jobs grantThe Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation recently awarded a grant of $19,400 to A Father's Place to support a job coach and related job development activities. The job coach will coordinate the Job Boot Camp, which is a weeklong intensive job readiness training offered once a month, and work with fathers to help find employment and arrange transportation. “Helping fathers find a job that pays a living wage is a critical step in rebuilding men's lives and reestablishing relationships with their children" said Wallace Evans, executive director, A Father's Place. "With this grant we are one step closer to our goals.” Midlands Fatherhood Coalition participates in town hall meetingMidlands Fatherhood Coalition joined WIS-TV and Parenting Solo October 20 in Columbia, South Carolina, for a town hall style meeting called "Disappearing Dads: Rebuilding the Family." The meeting discussed the recurring theme of fatherless homes and the impact it has on children. Charles Brown, Midlands Fatherhood Coalition assistant director, and Ron Hilton, regional job developer, served on the panel to discuss the importance of fatherhood and how the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition works to reconnect fathers with their families. Pictured after the meeting are (left to right) Charles Brown, Ron Hilton, actor Michael Jai White, Pat Littlejohn, Jimmie Whaley. Man 2 Man helps fathers become job readyMan 2 Man has put 51 fathers through a weeklong Job Boot Camp and introduced them to its job readiness/job skills training component throughout the year. Program participants received employment certification and/or job training in a number of areas, such as national forklift certification, construction labor & OSHA certification, heavy equipment operations and GED training. By gaining job skills training and certification, these fathers are more qualified for jobs so they can provide for their children and take one step closer to a stable life. The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
October 14, 2012

Division of Child Support Enforcement partners with South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families on $2 million grant

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement recently awarded the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) Division of Child Support Enforcement (CSE) more than $2 million in a five-year grant to increase access to services for non-custodial parents who are behind in child support. The increased access will help non-custodial parents to consistently meet their child support obligations and provide for the financial wellbeing of their children. South Carolina was one of eight states to receive such a grant. The Center for Fathers and Families will be a major partner with the CSE on this project to help ensure that non-custodial parents are linked to employment opportunities, fatherhood programs and other community-based services. "With this grant we will bring ‘new eyes’ to the process and institutions involved with the fathers who owe child support," said Larry McKeown, CSE director. "We want to re-engineer business practices to make them more inclusive of fathers and their needs, such as ‘right sizing orders’ for child support and changing circumstances over time that affect ability to pay." Non-custodial parents will receive enhanced child support services, including help with modifying child support orders if necessary, possible reductions in child support debt owed to the state in return for consistent child support payments and finding alternatives to incarceration for enforcement; employment-oriented services that include job readiness, job placement and retention services; and responsible fatherhood/parenting activities using peer support. The project will help redefine the way child support cases are processed, and the way workforce and fatherhood services are delivered to low-income, non-custodial parents by making services more accessible and easier to navigate. The project will be launched in Bennettsville County, and the cities of Greenville, Conway/Georgetown and North Charleston. The SC Center for Fathers and Families and CSE have partnered on a number of projects over the years, including a planning grant that led to this grant, a project to help increase paternity establishment at the time a child is born, and to improve the pro se process for the modification of child support, including a new on-line interactive software and training video that is under development to help individuals navigate this process. Most notable has been the successful collaboration between CSE, the center and the family court to implement Jobs Not Jail, an alternative to incarceration for non-payment of child support. Jobs Not Jail has resulted in significant collection of child support that otherwise would not have been collected if non-custodial parents had been incarcerated. Equally as important, Jobs Not Jail has helped thousands of non-custodial parents find jobs, become responsible fathers and be involved in their children's lives. This new project will build upon this model that has been in place for more than a decade. The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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