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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families


May 4, 2015

A Saturday spent learning to deal with stress


A total of 26 participants came out on April 25 to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine campus in Spartanburg to learn how to be healthier by coping better with stress.

Participants in the Upstate Fatherhood Coalition's Spartanburg program learned about physical and mental signs of stress overload and health ways to cope. The VCOM students and faculty did a great job and were well received.

The event was part of the expansion of our Access to HealthCare component to Spartanburg, which is made possible by partnerships such as with VCOM.

One student shared her life story of living on the streets following a combination of misfortunes and poor choices. With God's help, she has gone from being a high school dropout in an abusive relationship with two children to care for to being a happily married mom, thriving and getting her medical degree.

A soon-to-be graduate of the fatherhood program shared her testimony of how she lost custody of her children and went through many other struggles. She told how the program stood beside her and provided her with resources. She is now working and has her children living with her. She is a smiling and happy mom.

We had a Chick-fil-A lunch, followed by health screening with the VCOM staff and faculty, along with Piedmont Cares (HIV screening). Fourteen health screens were done, including seven HIV screens.

It was a successful event, particularly considering that it was on a rainy Saturday.