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]
January 11, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina elects 2013 officers for board of trustees and adds new board member

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina recently elected 2013 officers for its board of trustees and added a new board member, Barbara Gourdine Clark. [More]
January 2, 2013

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina senior program officer speaks at statewide training conference

Katrina Spigner, senior program officer at the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, recently spoke at the statewide training for Family Connections in Columbia, South Carolina. There, attendees listened intently to Spigner speak on the foundation’s commitment to the poor and underserved, and to the compassion that must be evident when seeking change. [More]
December 20, 2012

Providence Hospitals receives twelfth consecutive 3-star rating from Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Providence has received the “3 star” rating since the inception of the comprehensive Society of Thoracic Surgeons rating system in 2006 that allows for comparisons regarding the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals in the United States. As the number of health providers has increased throughout the years, Providence Heart & Vascular Institute remains a stalwart amongst top rated institutions. 94% of all heart programs in the country submitted to this review by STS. [More]
December 17, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina holds graduation ceremony for 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Development Training program graduates

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina graduated six students from its Nonprofit Leadership Development Training certificate program December 7 in a ceremony at the EdVenture’s Children’s Museum in Columbia, South Carolina. The students are the fourth graduating class of the certification program. The program is designed for nonprofit leaders who are recognized as having great potential and are ready to take their nonprofit leadership to the next level. Through the program, nonprofit leaders have the opportunity to enhance knowledge, skills and framework to lead nonprofit organizations in an ever-changing, diverse society and to effectively lead within their organizations. Kristie Searcy, PhD, was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony. She is the department head of the Radiologic Technology Program at Augusta Technical College and an associate professor at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Searcy encouraged each of the graduates to “press, persevere and pursue.” She said, “When you press, you not only impact your life, but the lives of countless others throughout your sphere of influence; to persevere, each of you must reach deep within and tap into the spirit of perseverance, the spirit that is steadfast and determined to do something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success; and to pursue, it’s now time to abandon any fears or reservations and write out, plan and passionately pursue your vision to bring about lasting change. This leadership academy was designed to renew your sense of excitement and passion in your work. So leave today passionate about the road ahead and let this passion be the fuel that will propel you into your destiny. “ Pictured are the six 2012 graduates (left to right): Lasima Turmon, volunteer executive director, GVW Community Investment Corporation; Brenda Dooley, executive director, LowCountry Habitat for Humanity; Brian Thomas, senior pastor, NorthStar Christian Center; Katie Bullard, leadership giving associate, United Way of the Midlands; William Loyd Jr., executive director, Midlands Community Development Corporation; Sherry Lewis, director of therapy and outreach services, Sexual Trauma of the Midlands. For more pictures from the graduation, visit the photo gallery. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
December 13, 2012

Sisters of Charity Health System encourages lawmakers to avoid cuts to Medicare and Medicaid

The Sisters of Charity Health System believes that health care is a fundamental right for all Americans and that families and communities are stronger when everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. Since 1965, Medicare and Medicaid have provided access to essential medical services for those in need, including senior citizens, disabled persons, and low-income children and families throughout the country. Today, Medicare and Medicaid are being targeted as opportunities to cut spending to lessen the fiscal challenges facing the country. Read more about how you can take action. [More]
December 3, 2012

Foundations sponsor eighth annual statewide conference for women religious

Nearly 70 women religious (Sisters) attended the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, co-sponsored conference, “Being Present,” held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in November. The annual gathering is a part of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina’s Collaboration for Ministry Initiative (CMI), which supports congregations of women religious efforts with the poor and underserved of South Carolina. These Sisters have ministries across the state and the conference is one of the few opportunities they have to connect and discuss their ministries together. Sister Macrina Wiederkehr, OCB, keynote speaker for the conference, drew from her Benedictine spirituality, shared the message that being present is an art and that each hour of the day holds a special message if we pause to listen. Sisters were encouraged to take breathing spells for their souls, to set the clock of their hearts, to look at their work as service, to find ways to care for themselves and to remember that every day is an opportunity to lean forward to receive each day’s miracle. Sister Macrina closed by sharing, “I’ve been moved by this group, the light and wisdom that is present in this room. Each of you are beacons of light, an encouraging presence and disciples of joy, this is who you are. As you leave this gathering, continue to expect miracles each day.” The Catholic Diocese of Charleston Bishop Robert Guglielmone also participated in the conference. Bishop Guglielmone opened his remarks by saying, “I offer a silent prayer in my own heart of thanksgiving for all of the Sisters here, their ministries in South Carolina, for the good each of you do in this Diocese. I am eternally grateful for the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine and the foundation for bringing us together, for your vision and foresight to provide a space to overcome the isolation many Sisters face across the state and to offer this opportunity for the sharing of stories and support.” Time with the bishop included engaging in conversation with the Sisters, listening and responding to their questions and thanking them for their service. Bishop Guglielmone also celebrated Mass with the Sisters. Women Religious Advisory Council members, Sister Margie Hosch, OSF; Sister Nancy Hendershot, CSA; Sister Susan Pugh, DC; and Sister Roberta Fulton, SSMN, planned several prayers and rituals for the conference. The conference concluded with a powerful and moving closing ritual and the sharing of “Soul Pictures.” Foundation board members, Yvonne Orr, Sister Miriam Erb, CSA, and Sister Sandra Makowski, SSMN were present, along with foundation staff and CMI consultants, Mark Small, Ph.D. and Kathy Csank. Sisters of Charity Foundation President Tom Keith offered closing remarks, “I thank you, Sisters, for your presence, unity of spirit, daily ministry and tireless service across South Carolina. This Initiative is one that is very special and dear to my heart, and the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine.” Sister Miriam Erb, CSA, summarized the conference by saying, “My prayer leaving this gathering is ‘May each of us be a loving presence to ourselves and to all we serve.’” For more pictures from the conference, visit the conference photo gallery. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
November 30, 2012

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina awards $65,000 in grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded 24 Caritas grants, totaling $65,000, to nonprofit and faith-based organizations meeting the basic needs of the underserved in South Carolina. Caritas grants are for organizations providing outreach services to the poor and marginalized. They are one-year grants designed for organizations with annual budgets of less than $600,000. “This funding will support these organizations as they address, daily, those facing situational or crisis poverty,” said Mike McCabe, board chair of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina. Caritas grants are up to $5,000, and are awarded twice a year. Organizations wishing to apply for funding should visit the Foundation’s website, sistersofcharitysc.com, for information on the application process. The next Caritas grant application deadline is April 2, 2013. For a complete list of November 2012 Caritas grant recipients, click here. The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
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.

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