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The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families


February 16, 2016

Informational meeting with potential partners in Cherokee County


As we hope you know, our Fatherhood programs are growing. That was the message at recent information meetings in Sumter and Florence, as we gear up to serve all 46 counties in South Carolina.

But unlike in Sumter and Florence, we won't be opening new physical offices in every community.

For instance, in Cherokee County and other Tier II communities, we will be serving fathers and families -- having weekly group meetings, conducting boot camp -- from the existing offices of Upstate Fatherhood Coalition (UFC).

That was the topic of conversation at an informational luncheon we hosted Feb. 16 at the Cherokee County campus of Spartanburg Community College in Gaffney.

It was an opportunity to reach out to potential partners and to let the community know more about services we will be providing in the area. Some of the agencies in attendance were the South Carolina Department of Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation, Cherokee County Drug and Alcohol, the Nurturing Parenting Program and S.C. Legal Aid Services. The local Popeye's restaurant provided lunch for the group.

Kelly Walker, executive director of Upstate Fatherhood Coalition, was the keynote speaker, followed by closing remarks from Andre McCullough, site director of UFC Spartanburg.

The event was a success, and every agency left with a commitment to refer qualified participant to the Fatherhood program as well as to give our participants priority attention in helping to implement their One Man Plans.