The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families has had a busy summer. Below are a few highlights:
Center scores for fatherhood
Football season is big in South Carolina, which is good news for the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. Each time the University of South Carolina football team scores a touchdown at home games this season, TD Bank will make a donation to the center. The center will be recognized as the recipient of a TD Bank donation in front of more than 80,000 fans and the local radio audience after each touchdown. TD Bank has also provided two tickets to every home game for a fatherhood participant and his child.
Sister Mary Jacob honored for decade of helping fathers and families
The center honored Sister Mary Jacob Yelcho, CSA, at its 10-year anniversary Decade of Dads event in August for her support over the past decade to the center and its programs across South Carolina. The award was presented by Derrick Dease, executive director of Man 2 Man, on behalf of all the fatherhood program directors throughout the state. A member of the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, Sister Mary Jacob was the associate director of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina when the Fatherhood Initiative launched in 1998 and when the center was founded in 2002. Sister Mary Jacob has been a relentless advocate for the Fatherhood Initiative and remains a strong supporter of the center.
Men's Wearhouse donates 200+ suits to Midlands and Upstate Fatherhood Coalitions
The Midlands Fatherhood Coalition and Upstate Fatherhood Coalition participated in the Men's Wearhouse 5th Annual National Suit Drive, with more than 200 suits and other professional attire donated to the two coalitions. Nationally, the drive resulted in 130,000 gently used professional attire items being donated to unemployed men transitioning into the workforce. For every suit donated, Men's Wearhouse matched it with two new ties.
Lancaster Fatherhood Project celebrates fathers' accomplishments
Fathers from the Lancaster Fatherhood Project celebrated their graduation and accomplishments on August 23 during a banquet at the University of South Carolina's Lancaster campus. The ceremony featured guest speaker, Coach Willie Jeffries, former head football coach of SC State University and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, and testimonies from fathers about the impact the fatherhood program has had on their lives.
The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.