November 15, 2017
Rep. Garry Smith Visits Upstate Fatherhood Coalition
On Thursday, November 9, Rep. Garry Smith visited the Upstate Fatherhood Coalition to learn more about the fatherhood program and services it provides to people living in his district, District 27 which covers Greenville County. During the visit, Rep. Smith learned about the statewide fatherhood initiative and the Center’s role in facilitating these efforts. Rep. Smith also learned about the Center’s strong public and private partnerships with agencies such as DSS and how these partnerships are a great benefit to children and families. Another topic discussed during the visit was the Jobs Not Jail program in which low-income fathers are enrolled to secure employment and pay child support as an alternative to facing jail time, saving taxpayers millions in incarceration costs each year. Rep. Smith also toured the facility, met with UFC Executive Director Kelly Walker along with his staff and board members. He also heard personal testimonies from two local fathers who are participants in the program. Thank you Rep. Smith for taking the time to learn how fatherhood programs impact fathers and families in Greenville and in every community in our state.
SCCFF Director of Community Development and Programming Richard Barr, SCCFF President Patricia Littlejohn and Upstate Father Fatherhood Coalition Executive Director Kelly Walker host Rep. Garry Smith (center) during a tour of the UFC Greenville office.
Rep. Garry Smith meets with staff and board of Upstate Fatherhood Coalition.