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                Compiled by HCHV, Dorn VAMC
                            Last updated June 2006

                                       TABLE OF CONTENTS

AGENCY                                                       PAGE NUMBER

AA – Greater Columbia Intergroup                                      5
Alston-Wilkes Veterans Home                                           5
Alston Wilkes Youth Home                                              5
American Cancer Society                                               5
American Heart Association                                            5
American Legion Post #6                                               6
American Red Cross                                                    6
Anderson Sunshine House                                               6
Carolina Legal Associates                                             6
CASA                                                                  6
CASA Family Systems                                                   6
Children’s Garden                                                     6
Christ Central Mission                                                7
Chrysalis Center                                                      7
Columbia Area Mental Health                                           7
Columbia Metro Baptist Food Pantry                                    7
Columbia Free Medical Clinic (see Free Medical Clinic)
Columbia Urban League                                                 8
Cooperative Ministry                                                  8
Crisis Ministries                                                     8
Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Person                                 8
Day Break                                                             8
Deborah’s House                                                       8
Dickerson Center for Children (formerly Lexington County Children’s
                                Shelter)                               9
Domestic Violence Assistance – Meg’s Home                              9
Domiciliary Care Homeless Veterans Program                             9
Ellen Hines Smith Girl’s Home                                          9
Emerald Center – Community Residences                                  9
Fairfield/Newberry Disabilities & Special Needs Board                 10
Family Connection of SC                                               10
Family Service Center                                                 10
Family Shelter                                                        11
Federation Center of the Blind                                        11
Forest Oaks Apartments                                                11
Free Medical Clinic (formerly Columbia Free Medical Clinic)           11
Friendship Center (see MIRCI)
God’s Helping Hands                                                   12
God’s House on Wheels                                                 12
Goodwill Industries of Upper & Midlands SC, Inc.                      12
Good Samaritan House                                                  12
Greater Columbia Literacy Council, Inc.                               12
Habitat For Humanity                                                  13
Hannah’s House                                                        13
Harvest Hope Food Bank                                                13
The Haven                                                             14
Haven of Rest Ministries, Inc.                                        14
Helping Hands Adult Day Care Center                                    14
Helping Hands of Clemson, Inc                                          14
His House of Columbia, Inc.                                            14
Housing Authority of the City of Columbia                              14
Housing Authority of the City of North Charleston                      15
Job Service (Columbia ESC Workforce)                                   15
Killingsworth Home                                                     15
Labor Ready                                                            16
Lexington County Community Mental Health Center                        16
Lexington County Children’s Shelter (see Dickerson Center for Children)
Lutheran Family Services                                               16
Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc (MIRCI)                            16
Miracle Hill Ministries                                                18
My Sister’s House                                                      19
Myrtle Beach Haven                                                     19
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of SC                           19
New Life Rescue Ministries                                             19
Newberry County Council on Aging                                       20
Nurturing Center                                                       20
Oak Hill Apartments                                                    20
Oliver Gospel Mission                                                  20
Orangeburg Disabilities & Special Needs Board                          21
Orangeburg Employment Commission (One Stop/Job Service)                21
Oxford Houses                                                          21
Palmetto Legal Services (see SC Centers for Equal Justice)
PALSS                                                                  22
Pee Dee Community Action Agency                                        22
Pilgrim’s Inn                                                          22
Prevent Child Abuse SC                                                 22
Primary Health Care for the Homeless                                   22
Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services                                 23
Promise Land Crisis and Rehabilitation Center                          23
Protection & Advocacy For People With Disabilities                     23
Providence Home                                                        23
Rape Crisis Network (see Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Reid House of Christian Service                                        23
Respite House, Inc                                                     24
Richland Care                                                          24
Rosewood House of Recovery                                             24
Safe Harbor                                                            24
Safe Haven Ministries, Inc.                                            25
Safe Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition                                     25
Salvation Army                                                         25
Samaritan House                                                        27
SC Center for Equal Justice (formerly Palmetto Legal Services)         27
SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault                27
SC Share                                                               27
SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department                                28
Sea Haven Street Outreach for Youth                                   28
Senior Resources                                                     28
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands (formerly Rape Crisis Network)28
Share                                                                29
Shiphrah Ministries                                                  29

Sistercare                                             29
Small Business Administration (U.S.)                   29
South Carolina State Finance & Development Authority   29
South Carolina Victim Assistance Network               30
Southeastern Children’s Home                           30
State Office of Victim Assistance                      30
There is Hope                                          30
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral                            30
Trinity Housing/St Lawrence Place                      31
United Black Fund of the Midlands                      31
VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans                   31
VA Outreach                                            32
Vet Center - Columbia                                  32
Vet Center - Greenville                                32
Volunteers of America of the Carolinas                 32
Waccamaw Youth Center                                  32
Washington Street Soup Cellar                          33
Wateree Community Action                               33
Women’s Community Residence                            33
Women’s Shelter                                        33
YMCA                                                   34
YMCA of the Midlands                                   34

                                   COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Greater Columbia Intergroup
3014 Devine Street, Room 103
Columbia, SC 29203
Provides information about AA and a schedule of meetings.

Alston-Wilkes Veterans Home
3519 Medical Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Alston-Wilkes is a long-term, sheltered living environment for homeless veterans who are eager to
implement a change in their lives. Residents whose treatment plan justifies the need for transitional
housing stay at Alston-Wilkes for up to two years. Eighteen beds are available. The requirements for
admission are: must be and maintain a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle; must either enroll in an
educational/training program, work or be actively searching for employment; must complete a written
application and an interview with the case manager and the admissions team; must pay a monthly fee for
services of up to $300 (in most cases 30% of all net income).

Alston Wilkes Youth Home
401 Lawand Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 779-2490
High Management Group Home
Target Population: boys

American Cancer Society
128 Stonemark Lane
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 750-1790
Fax: (803) 750-4000

American Heart Association
520 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 738-9540
Fax: (803) 787-0804

American Legion Post # 6
200 Pickens St
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 799-2736

American Red Cross
2751 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29209
Contact Person: Lajanna Jones-(803) 540-1243
This agency offers emergency services which includes, financial assistance, counseling, referrals, and
emergency communication.

Anderson Sunshine House
P. O. Box 435
Anderson, SC 29622

P. O. BOX 912
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
This agency is a safe house that offers counseling, food, clothing and provide legal advocates. An agency
is also located in Georgetown, SC.

CASA Family Systems
Orangeburg, SC 29115
Contact Person: Labrinna Aiken, Deputy Director

Children’s Garden
A Community Service of Volunteers of America Carolinas, Inc.
4801 Colonial Drive
PO Box 1447
Columbia, SC 29202-1447
Harriet M. Atkinson, Program Director
Children’s Garden is a Community Service of Volunteers of America of the Carolinas, provides quality
childcare for the children (ages 6 weeks – 5 years) of homeless and needy families. Throughout a child’s
day at Children’s Garden, his or her social, emotional, physical, cognitive, as well as spiritual growth are
promoted. In an environment created specifically for them, children are taught everything from teeth
brushing to sharing and caring. While children are cared for, parents are free to seek housing and
employment. Children’s Garden is a licensed facility located within College Place United Methodist
Church, on the bus line.

Christ Central Ministry
2401 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 765-1998
(803) 779-1998
Sylvia Silva, Director
This agency provides lunch, clothes, emergency food band (Wednesdays only from 9 am to 11 am),
recovering classes, free haircut (once a month), free movie (once a month – call for schedule) and
spiritual enrichment to the public.

Chrysalis Center
2385 Pamplico Highway
P. O. BOX 6196
Florence, SC 29502
(843) 673-0660
Thelma W. Alexander, Director
Contact for Admissions: Lucy Windom
Target Population: Women addicted to alcohol and other drugs with children newborn to 10 years old;
also pregnant women with or without children
Chrysalis Center is a residential treatment facility for chemically dependent women and their young
children. Chrysalis Center allows children to continue to live on-site with their mothers during the entire
treatment process. Children receive professional support and counseling while their mothers gain a new
change at life.

Columbia Area Mental Health Center
Central Clinics
Ten Medical Park
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 898-8888
Contact person: Michele Murff, Human Resources-(803) 898-7767/898-8590
This center provides mental health services to the citizens of Richland and Fairfield Counties. It offers
comprehensive treatment including multiple styles of interventions as indicated by the need of the client.

Columbia Metro Baptist Assoc. Food Pantry
1929 Gadsden Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 256-9165
Located on Van Heise St. (across from Crescent Hill Baptist Church. @ 2659 Two Notch Rd.)
Maggie Mason, Food Pantry Coordinator
Hours: 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
This organization operates an emergency food assistance program. Eligible individuals will be given a
three-day supply of food. Persons can only receive food once in a 90-day period. Persons living in
Richland, Fairfield, and Kershaw counties are eligible. A referral is required and can be obtained from
the Cooperative Ministry, DSS or an associational Baptist Church. Social Security cards for all those
living in the home must be provided to receive food. Referrals may be obtained from other agencies.

Columbia Urban League
1400 Barnwell Street
Columbia, SC 29201
A human service organization

Community Health Centers
South Carolina Health Care Association
211 Alpine Road Extension
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 788-2778
Fax: (803) 788-8233
Community Health Centers offer core health care services, either directly or through cooperative
arrangements, including: preventive and primary care; diagnostic services (lab and x-ray); family
planning; prenatal and perinatal care; well child care and immunizations; screening for elevated blood
lead levels, communicable diseases, and cholesterol; eye, ear and dental screening for children; preventive
dental services; emergency medical and dental services; hospitalization; and pharmacy services. In
addition, Centers provide services to help ensure access to care and continuity of care. These services
include; outreach, transportation, communication assistance (interpreters), case management, and social
services. Some Centers may offer additional services such as mental and behavioral counseling and
specialty care.

Centers are located in the following counties.
Aiken                   Margaret J. Weston Medical Center, Inc.
Allendale               Low Country Health Care System, Inc.
Charleston              Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Center, Inc.
Charleston              Sea Island Medical Center, Inc.
Charleston              St. James - Santee Family Health Center, Inc.
Chesterfield            Sandhills Medical Foundation, Inc.
Clarendon               Black River Healthcare, Inc.
Darlington              CareSouth Carolina, Inc.
Greenville              New Horizon Family Health Services, Inc.
Greenwood               Carolina Health Centers, Inc.
Horry                   Health Care Partners of South Carolina, Inc.
Horry                   Little River Medical Center, Inc.
Jasper                  B-J-H Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
Orangeburg              Family Health Centers, Inc.
Richland                Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers, Inc.
Richland                Richland Community Health Care Association, Inc.
Spartanburg             ReGenesis Community Health Center, Inc.
Sumter                  Sumter Family Health Center, Inc.
York                    Community Medicine Foundation, Inc

The Cooperative Ministry                                                 Satellite Location
PO Box 1705                                                              126 Blytewood Road
(1928 Taylor Street)                                                     Blytewood, SC 29016
Columbia, SC 29202                                                       (803) 786 - 0092
(803) 799-3853
Art Collier, Executive Director
The Cooperative Ministry offers:
 Emergency Assistance (rent, water, Ids, work needs)
 Clothing and Furniture Bank
 C.A.R program
 The School Supply Drive
 The Winter Shelter
Local churches, individuals, and grants support the Cooperative Ministry.

Crisis Ministries
573 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 723-9477
Target Population: single men & women / families

Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, Inc
135 Lancaster Street, Southwest
P. O. BOX 1293
Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 649-0480
Contact Person: Kay T. Mixon, Executive Director
Brochures: Sarah Boyer
Target Population: Emergency & long term counseling for battered women and their children, victims of
sexual assault and domestic violence.

Day Break
2009 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 771-6634
Contact Person: Katheryn O’Connor
Target Population: Pregnant women. Help with crisis pregnancy.

Deborah’s House
418 East River Street
Anderson, SC 29624
(864) 260-0062 or (864) 260-6954
Contact person: Doris Jones
Dickerson Center for Children, Inc.
1615 Augusta Road
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 791-1511
This is a child advocacy center. The Center provides the following services for sexually and physically
abused children: Medical Protocol exams, Therapy (counseling) sessions, Forensic Interviews, and
Mental Injury Assessments. The Center works closely with local law enforcement agencies and social
service agencies. Services are provided by professional staff. The Center has been in operation since
l995 and is opened Monday - Friday.

Domestic Violence Assistance – Megs House
P.O. Box 3410
Greenwood, SC 29646
(864) 227-1890
Contact Person: Becky Lee Grigg
Target Population: Homeless, eviction, job loss, has to be referred
Length of Stay: 24 months

Domiciliary Care Homeless Veterans Program
Carl Vinson VA Medical Center
1826 Veterans Blvd.
Dublin GA 31021-3620
FAX (912) 277-2865
This domiciliary is a treatment-oriented facility for those who can benefit from a 3-6 months stay prior to
re-integration into the community. A treatment team directs the stay of each patient. Veterans must be
free of active substance abuse, be able to actively participate in prescribed treatment and in the
housekeeping chores to maintain the living space, and clearly demonstrate motivation for rehabilitation
and/or health maintenance. Group therapy and vocational rehabilitation are prominent parts of this

Ellen Hines Smith Girls Home
241 Cedar Springs Road
P. O. Box 15111
Spartanburg, SC 29302
(864) 573-9223
Fax: (864) 597-0815
Contact Person: Jennette Brier, Director
Target Population: Adolescence Girls 11-19

Emerald Center
P. O. Box 3004
Greenwood, SC 29648
(864) 942-8978
Emerald Center is a non-profit, multi-county agency providing services for over 1,000 people with
disabilities and special needs (autism, mental retardation, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and related
disabilities) and their families in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, McCormick and Saluda counties.
Services include: family support (infant stimulation, extended day services, respite services, summer
camps, and summer day services), day services for adults (center-based services which include
vocational, self-help and academic training), day services for children (child development, day care,
Adventures in Learning) and residential services (community residences, supervised living programs,
community training homes) and service coordination. For information, please call 942-8925. Emerald
Center is a United Way Agency.

Fairfield County Disabilities and Special Needs Board
410 West Washington Street
PO Box 367
Winnsboro, SC 29180

Phone: (803) 635-2154
Fax: (803) 635-8052
The mission of the Fairfield County Disabilities and Special Needs Board is:
 To serve all citizens of the Fairfield and Newberry Counties with existing disabilities to include
   mental retardation, autism, survivors of head and/or spinal cord injuries and other lifelong disabilities.
 To prevent the occurrence of primary and secondary disabilities.
 Utilizing person centered practices, develop, deliver and coordinate quality services and supports that
   enhance the individual’s dignity, respect and opportunity to enjoy their chosen lifestyle utilizing the
   principles of full community inclusion.

Family Connection of South Carolina
2712 Middleburg Drive
Suite 103-B
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 252-0914
Statewide: 1-800-578-8750
Fax: (803) 799-8017
Family Connection is a support network that strengthens families who have children with developmental
delays, disabilities or chronic illnesses through a parent-to-parent network of family-focused support to
provide assurance, information, community awareness and enhanced parent/professional relationships.
Family Connection has offices in Columbia, Aiken, Anderson, Charleston, Florence, Greenville, Rock
Hill and Spartanburg.

Family Service Center
1800 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
1-800-922-5651 or (803) 733-5450
Contact person: Toni Eargle-M-F, 8:30-5:00
The Center provides individual, family, marital, and financial counseling. Other services available are
financial counseling, family life enrichment (support and educational groups), travelers’ aid, and the
children’s dental clinic. The Family Service Center is a United Way Agency and counseling is on a
sliding scale according to income level. Other services may have minimal fees and/or may require

Family Shelter                                            Family Shelter
1721 McFadden Street                                      2411 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29204                                        (PO Box 7781)
(803) 254-8344                                            Columbia, SC 29202
                                                          (803) 771-7040
 Helena Beyersdorf-Cottle, Executive Director
The Family Shelter provides emergency shelter with the highest level of transitional services to homeless
families with children. There is an eight family capacity. Adults with one or more children are provided
emergency food and shelter for a maximum of 90 days. Families with income are asked to pay a small
program service fee to help offset the cost of food. Families work with a staff social worker to address
needs and short and long-term goals. There is an after-school program for children who reside at the
shelter. There are many ongoing workshops to address life skills training.

Federation Center of the Blind
119 S Kilbourne Rd
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 254-3777

Forest Oaks Apartments
3111 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 714-6169
Forest Oaks is an apartment complex for single persons with studio apartments which requires tenants to
have at least a $900 per month income gross. Rent is $325-$375 with furnished apartments available for
an additional $50. Water is included, but other utilities are extra..

Free Medical Clinic
(formerly: Columbia Free Medical Clinic)
1875 Harden Street
P. O. Box 4616
Columbia, SC 29240
(803) 765-1503
Fax: (803) 779-6178
Contact Person: Dennis Coker
Brochures: Robin Langston Gorman
Office Hours: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday
                9 a.m. - 2:00 pm Friday
Patient Appts.: Mon. – Thurs. must call to set appointment
Walk-ins: Tues – Thurs. Individuals must call to ask for number of walk-ins to be seen.
(Service is limited to the first 35 persons arriving; patients must arrive by 4 p.m.)
The volunteer medical staff provides free professional treatment for acute minor illness. In addition, the
staff provides ongoing care for chronic illnesses and refers patients to specialists when necessary. People
served are those who do not have insurance which covers doctor’s office visits and whose income is
poverty level or below in Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, or Richland Counties.

Friendship Center East Rehabilitation Center (see MIRCI)

God’s Helping Hands
919 Holland Ave.
Cayce, SC 29033
(803) 791-4167
Needy persons in the West Columbia or Cayce area may obtain food, clothing, and household items
except furniture, financial assistance with rent, utilities, and transportation. It also provides overnight
accommodations at a local motel depending on the situation if in West Columbia or Cayce area.

God’s House on Wheels, Inc.
2 Rice Mill Ferry Rd.
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 446-0506
(803) 419-9676
Rev. Diana James, Pastor

God’s House on Wheels is a unique service for the Columbia area homeless. This mobile outreach
operation reaches its clients via motor home. Staff travel the community in the vehicle, offering bathing
facilities, clean clothes, food, information and spiritual support. God’s House on Wheels usually operates
on Sundays after 7 am. Anyone who would like to attend worship service should call (803) 463-0025
before 7 am.

Good Samaritan House
205 South Congress Street
Winnsboro, SC 29180
(803) 635-6986

Goodwill Industries of Upper & Midlands South Carolina, Inc.
1219 Laurel St.
Columbia SC 29201
(803) 252-5317
Fax (803) 252-7335
Goodwill provides paid training programs and direct job placement for persons with disabilities or other
barriers to employment. Training programs focus on production and assembly and include case
management with Life Skills and Employability Skills class. SLED checks and Forklift Safety
Certification are provided for minimal fees.

Greater Columbia Literacy Council, Inc.
2728 Devine Street
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 765-2555
Debbie Yoho, Director
This organization provides one-on-one tutoring to adults who request it. A computer lab is provided and
staffed in the evenings for those who are able to use this equipment for learning. Emphasis is put on
learning to read and write; however math skills tutoring is available on a limited basis. Volunteers who
use structured materials provide free, one-on-one tutoring.
Clients must call for an appointment in order for an assessment to be performed. Potential clients must be
able to be alert and able to learn (no alcohol use or drug use that interferes with concentration abilities).
The commitment required is long term and time intensive (at least twice a week for 1.5 hours a session).

Central SC Habitat for Humanity
209 S. Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 252-3570
Fax: (803) 252-7525
This agency has been doing a wonderful job of providing decent affordable housing all over the world.
Families must contact the agency to have their names added to a mailing list. All families included in the
mailing list are notified of monthly meetings where applications for the program are distributed and
completed. If eligible for the program, families must pay a down payment and contribute a certain
number of hours to building the home. When people contact the office, they are sent an information
packet with program brochure and dates of scheduled application meetings. Meetings are held at least
once per month. The three selection criteria are: (1) need for housing, (2) ability to pay mortgage of
approx. $300.00 monthly, and (3) willingness to partner to help build their own home and homes of
others. The Habitat Store has furniture.

Hannah’s House
1726 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 771-4357

Harvest Hope Food Bank
P. O. Box 451
Columbia, SC 29202
Peg Mead, Director of Volunteers
Denise Holland, Executive Director
Harvest Hope Food Bank is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide for the
needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion, and education.
We accomplish this goal by gathering, storing and distributing food and related products to over 400 non-
profit member agencies in 18 counties of central South Carolina. We have an on-site Food Pantry
serving Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Newberry, and Fairfield counties Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm and on Thursday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
The pantry provides a balanced four to five day supply of food to individuals and families. We also have
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which is a federal supplemental food program designed
to improve the health of senior adults at least 60 years of age and older by supplementing their diets with
nutritious food. Each month, Harvest Hope coordinates this program providing 40 pounds of food to
seniors, who are experiencing food insecurity, living in Richland and Lexington Counties. Another
program is Kids Cafe, which is an after school charitable meal service program for children ages 6 – 18
who are at risk of being hungry. This program operates in partnership with other agencies in our area
who provide structured after school activities such as homework assistance, tutoring and recreational
activities. Harvest Hope provides the food served and the agencies prepare the food on-site.

The Haven
P. O. BOX 2914
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Cindi Goodin, Director

Haven of Rest Ministries, Inc.
219 West Whitner Street
Anderson, SC 29624
Contact Person: Curtis Pless or Mike Carroll
Target Population: men

Helping Hands Adult Day Care Center
2010 State Street
Cayce, SC 29033
(803) 796-5192
Contact Person: Monica Smith

Helping Hands of Clemson, Inc.
PO Box 561
Clemson, SC 29633
(864) 654-6154
Contact Person: Rhonda Baldwin
Emergency shelter for abused and neglected children in the Upstate

His House of Columbia, Inc.
764 Meeting Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 791-0557 or (803) 791-0336
Rev. Garland Ramsey, President
Rev. Roger B. Weaver, Director
His House provides Christian human services to alcoholic and homeless men and needy persons. Four
thrift shops provide the financial support of the ministry. A mission at 520 Center Street will house up to
28 men. The breakfast and supper meals are provided. The first 3 nights are free and thereafter a fee of
$5.00 per night is charged. A recovery program of 90 days to 1 year is available. Housing is available for
those in this program (about 37) in 7 houses in the West Columbia/Cayce area. Room and board is
provided in exchange for working in the His House Thrifts Shops. We also help with clothing.

The Housing Authority of the City of Columbia
1917 Harden Street
Columbia, SC 29204
Gilbert Walker, Executive Director
The Housing Authority is a local agency which provides quality housing for low and moderate-income
families in the Columbia metropolitan area. To apply for housing a person must complete a pre-
application card at the office on Harden Street. These are taken on Mondays from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 2-
4 p.m. Elderly families may apply any day for the high-rise communities. Pre-applications for these units
can be mailed to your home address with a stamped return envelope enclosed. Eligible applicants are
placed on a waiting list according to the date and time of the application, the bedroom requirements,
preference guidelines, and site-based selection. The following factors are considered in determining
eligibility: previous housing record, family size, annual income, demonstrated financial responsibility,
ability to control children, respect for other’s property, and prior criminal record. Applications for
housing can be completed via Internet at However, the Housing Authority is not
accepting applications for Section 8 at this time.

Housing Authority of the City of North Charleston
P.O. box 70987
North Charleston, SC 29415-0987
(843) 747-1793
Contact Person: Robert Grove / Rosetta Singleton
Target Population: HUD (low cost rental housing) incomes less 50% of medium size family

Job Service
714 South Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29072-9000
(803) 359-6131
FAX 803-356-5839
Contact Person: Theo Nelson

Columbia ESC Workforce Center (formerly Job Service)
700 Taylor Street
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 737-0187/9933
The Columbia ESC Workforce Center is a central point for job seekers to file an application to work for
employers seeking access to the community’s largest and most centralized labor pool. Services include:
self-service job search (local, state, national), job matching according to abilities and skills, counseling for
career change, job search strategy building, resume writing, Internet access, typing tutorial, fax and copier
availability and a telephone job line.
Job Service is a central point for job seekers to file an application to work for employers seeking access to
the community’s largest and most centralized labor pool. Services include: vocational assessment, self-
service job search (local, state, national), job matching according to abilities, counseling for career
change, job search strategy building, resume writing, and assistance utilizing resources via the Economic
Dislocation and Worker Adjustment Assistance Act (EDWAA) and the Job Training Partnership Act

1831 Pendleton St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 771-6359
The Rev. Diane Moseley, Executive Director
This is a care-giving community residence for women in crisis. It is staffed 24-hours a day. Daily meals,
lodging, and counseling (individual and group) are provided. Residents are required to be employed or in
an educational or volunteer-work situation at least 30 hours per week.

Labor Ready
2600 Millwood Avenue
Columbia, SC 29209
(803) 256-5544
Corporate office: 1-800-999-4991
This agency specialized in jobs that require a large amount of physical labor. Construction, warehouse
work, manufacturing, janitorial work, etc. Contracts with companies that hire day labor.

Lexington County Community Mental Health Center
Administrative Offices
301 Palmetto Park Blvd.
Lexington, SC 29073
(803) 996-1500
Emergency Services:                     130 N. Hospital Dr.
                                        W. Cola, SC 29169
                                        (803) 739-8600
Lexington Adult Clinic:                 301 A Palmetto Park Blvd.
                                        Lexington, SC 29073
                                        (803) 359-3545
Gaston Clinic:                          3965 Fish Hatchery Rd.
                                        Gaston, SC 29053
                                                   (803) 755-2261
Batesburg/Leesville Clinic:                        120 W. Church St., Suite A
                                                   Batesburg, SC 29006
                                                   (803) 532-8414
Child, Adolescent and Family Services:             305 Palmetto Park Blvd.
                                                   Lexington, SC 29072
                                                   (803) 359-7206

Lutheran Family Services
The Cauble Center
1440 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 750-9917

Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc (MIRCI)
1135 Carter St.
PO BOX 4246
Columbia, SC 29240
Julie Ann Avin, Executive Director

John Lopez, Director of Rehabilitative Services
Friendship Center East (FCE) is located at 1135 Carter Street in Columbia, SC. Hours of operation for
FCE are 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday are 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Activities are scheduled for everyday of the week and a calendar/newsletter is distributed every month
showing the times, locations, and brief descriptions of the major activities for the month. The Center also
provides Mental Illness Management Services (MIMS). These on site counseling services are available
for persons that due to their serious and persistent mental illness, would not be able to participate in social
rehabilitation without such interventions.
Jean Ann Lambert, Program Director
Friendship Center West is located at 300 Palmetto Park Blvd. in Lexington, SC. Hours of operation are
from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Tuesday. Additionally, the members of West travel to the East location
for special events and also participate in some weekend activities. A calendar/newsletter is distributed
every month showing the times, locations, and highlights of the special activities for the month.
Leigh Ann Lincoln, Director of Finance and Administration
The Representative Payee Program helps consumers manage their SSI and Social Security Income. This
program provides assistance to consumers in money management, protection of personal funds, and
assures benefit payments are used for basic needs. Banking hours (when consumers and case managers
may pick up checks) are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This service is
provided to consumers served by Columbia Area Mental Health Center and Lexington County
Community Mental Health Center.
Marcia Brevard-Wynn, Housing Director
Over the past five years, MIRCI has applied for and been awarded four (4) United States Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 811 grants to provide housing for 74 persons with

mental illness. The Dena Bank Apartments, a 16 unit complex in St. Andrews was occupied in
November of 1995. The Gault Grove Apartments, a 20 unit complex in Cayce was occupied in April of
1996. Sandstone Apartments opened June 1, 1998 and provides an additional 20 units in the Lake Murray
area of Lexington County. In February of 2003, Harmon Hill Apartments opened providing another 18
units of housing in St. Andrews. These grants provide funds to build the apartments and rental assistance
for a minimum of 20 years. Beginning in August of 1996, MIRCI assumed property management for its
complexes, with licensed property managers on staff. This program allows MIRCI to offer safe, decent,
and affordable housing to persons with mental illness.
Dianne Miller-Williams, Program Coordinator
In 1998, MIRCI, in partnership with the SC Department of Mental Health, was awarded a Shelter Plus
Care Grant through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Under the Shelter
Plus Care program, MIRCI secures housing and provides services to homeless persons with mental illness
or dual diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse). The goal of Shelter Plus Care is to provide these
individuals with the stability and supportive services needed to aid them in making the transition from
homelessness to permanent, safe housing. In late 2003, MIRCI, was awarded a second Shelter Plus Care
grant from HUD to expand the HomeBase program to double its original size.
John Lopez, Director of Rehabilitative Services
In conjunction with the Supportive Housing program, MIRCI operates an Assisted Housing program in
partnership with Columbia and Lexington Area Mental Health Centers. This collaboration provides
clinical counselors for support services at various residential facilities in Richland County serviced by
CAMHC’s Assisted Housing Program. Clinical counselors provide assistance with daily living skills and
support services.
MIRCI has applied for and been awarded funding through the Department of Transportation-Division of
Mass Transit to purchase five 15 passenger vans and one ADA wheelchair lift van. These vans are used
to transport members to and from both Friendship Center East and West, and to activities in the
community and are the main source of transportation for the residents. Members of Friendship Center are
employed as drivers. A seven passenger mini van was purchased through a grant from Sisters of Charity
to transport clients in the Home Base Program.

Miracle Hill Ministries
PO Box 2546
Greenville, SC 29602
(864) 268-4357

   Miracle Hill Rescue Mission---Greenville
    575 West Washington Street
    Greenville, SC 29601
    (864) 242-6933, (864) 242-5626---fax
    Provides short term emergency shelter for Greenville’s hurting and homeless men and families. The
    Overcomers Program, located at the Mission, is a 7 month Christian drug and alcohol recovery

   Miracle Hill Rescue Mission---Spartanburg
    189 North Forest Street
    Spartanburg, SC 29301
    (864) 583-1628, (864) 583-9139---fax
    Provides food and short term emergency shelter for homeless men and women (with or without
    children) in Spartanburg County, SC.

   Miracle Hill Rescue Mission---Gaffney
    227 Henderson Street
    Gaffney, SC 29341
    (864) 488-0376, (864) 489-6832---fax
    Provides food and short term emergency shelter for homeless men and women (with or without
    children) in Cherokee County, SC.

   Miracle Hill Children’s Home
    117 Drummond Lane
    Pickens, SC 29671
    (864) 878-9987, (864) 878-9009---fax
    Provides shelter for hurting children through crisis care, long-term care, and foster care.

   Palmetto Boys Shelter
    2709 Wade Hampton Boulevard
    Greenville, SC 29615
    (864) 292-0552, (864) 292-2354---fax
    Provides emergency shelter for at-risk boys ages 11 – 17, using counseling, mentoring, education and
    unconditional love.

   Miracle Hill Shepherd’ Gate
    11 Regency Hill Drive
    Greenville, SC 29607
    (864) 268-5589, (864) 268-5091---fax
    Provides short term emergency shelter for Greenville’s hurting and homeless women. The Renewal
    Program, located at Shepherd’s Gate, is a 7 month Christian drug and alcohol recovery program.

My Sister’s House, Inc.
P.O. Box 5341
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 747-4069 – Administrative office
Direct: (843) 747-8546
Fax: (843) 747-6592
My Sister¹s House, Inc. is a voluntary, not-for-profit, philanthropic, human health and welfare
organization serving Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties. This organization provides the
following services to domestic violence victims:
 Emergency safe temporary shelter
 24-hour crisis line counseling
 Room, board, food, clothing, and transportation
 Counseling for both the adult female and her children
 Victim¹s advocacy
 Information and referral
 Outreach

Myrtle Beach Haven
1 Terminal Street
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of SC
Post Office Box 1267
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 733-9592
Fax: (803) 733-9593
Help line 1-800-788-5131 or (803) 733-9591
Kay Harman, President
NAMI of SC is a grassroots organization for support of those suffering from mental illness and their
friends and families. It keeps its members aware of improved treatments, research, and essential services
and provides opportunities for emotional and educational support.

NEW LIFE RESCUE MINISTRIES (umbrella to: House of Hope & Area Rescue Mission)
House of Hope
1020 West Darlington Street
P. O. BOX 7129
Florence, SC 29502
Contact person: Wanda Vereen

Area Rescue Mission
Contact persons: Randy Lawson

Newberry County Council on Aging
1300 Hunt Street
Newberry, SC 29108
(803) 276-8266
Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Newberry County Council on Aging is a private, non-profit, charitable organization established to provide
necessary services for Newberry County Older Adults that will allow them to gracefully age-in-place.

The Nurturing Center
1332 Pickens Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 771-4160
FAX (803) 771-4367
Kristina A. Pickens, Executive Director
John A. Browne, Director of Services
Kerry Pickens, Intake and Community Development Coordinator Vanessa Thomas, Teen Parenting
Program Coordinator. The Nurturing Center provides therapeutic services to families with children birth
through 5 years who are indicated and/or at-risk of child abuse and neglect. A parent or primary caregiver
must be able to participate in home and center-based programming. Services include structured parenting
skills training, group therapy, individual therapy, marriage and family counseling, supervised parent-child
interaction, job skills training (provided by the YWCA), alcohol and other drug counseling (provided on-
site by L/RADAC), play therapy, therapeutic classrooms (infant, toddler, preschool) and a children's
curriculum. Lunch and transportation are provided. Center-based services take place Tuesdays-Thursdays
from 9:00am to 2:00pm. The center also offers a Teen Parenting Program for pregnant and parenting
teens and their children on Fridays (lunch and transportation also provided).

Oak Hill Apartments
2709 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 714-6169
These are efficiency apartments for single people. It is Section 8 housing. There are 29 units, each of
which rent for as little as $50 a month or 30% of income with a $50 deposit or 30% of income. Persons
must have been homeless – in a shelter or hospital with no living alternatives available.

Oliver Gospel Mission
1100 Taylor Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Wayne Fields, Executive Director
Henry Williams, Men Ministry Director
Oliver Gospel Mission provides shelter, food, and clothes to men needing help. Two daily meals,
breakfast and supper, are provided at no costs. Clothing is distributed weekly. Emergency housing is
available on a temporary basis. The residence houses up to 30 men per night. There is space for 15 men
in our Christian recovery program. The Mission is affiliated with various Christian churches in the area
and state. Inquiry regarding this program should be made through Henry Williams.

Orangeburg Disabilities & Special Needs Board
2785 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29118
(803) 536-1170

Orangeburg Employment Commission (One Stop/Job Service)
555 Middleton
Orangeburg, SC 29115
(803) 534-3336

Oxford Houses
2307 Hertford Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 561-0262

114 Summerlea Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 799-6858

2314 Locust Road
Columbia, SC 29223

101 Shuler Street
West Columbia, SC
(803) 796-9137
Oxford House
906 West Liberty Street
Sumter, SC 29150
(803) 778-2064

Oxford House, Inc.
1016 South Mc Duffie Street
Anderson, SC 29624
(864) 225-4506

Oxford House Waccamaw
252 Burcale Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579
(843) 236-3965
Oxford Houses provide resident-run transitional housing. There are also Oxford Houses in the Charleston
and Greenville areas. Usually houses have administrative meetings on Sunday nights. They elect their
own officers and interview potential residents. The weekly rent including utilities and condiments
(mustard, ketchup sugar, etc) is usually @ $65.00. A deposit is required, but can be deferred.

Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services (PALSS)
PO Box 11705
(1924 Taylor Street)
Columbia, SC 29211
(803) 779-7257
PALSS offers assistance to those living with HIV and AIDS, their families and loved ones including:
support groups; case management service through a full-time social worker; food bank and educational

Pee Dee Community Action Agency
2685 South Irby Street
Florence, SC 29505
(843) 678-3400

Pilgrim’s Inn
P. O. Box 11328
Rock Hill, SC 29730
(803) 327-3430

Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina
1712 Hampton St
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 733-5430
1-800-SC CARES
Colleen Campbell Bozard, Interim Executive Director
Angela C. Hartwell, LMSW, Interim Midlands Director
Lia McKay, LMSW, Interim Midlands Director
Prevent Child Abuse South Carolina is a private non-profit agency incorporated in 1975. Our mission is
to prevent the abuse and neglect of South Carolina’s children by providing leadership for programs that
offer advocacy, public information, and education and training. Direct service programs offered are:
Parent Aide Services for intensive home visitation; Parent Education Parent Support classes a 12-week
parenting course; Parents Anonymous a support group for parents, Healthy Families Lower Richland
home visitation services offered to first-time parents only.

Primary Health Care for the Homeless
1520 Laurel Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 799-8407/256-0675
Contact Person: Marfie Green
This agency offers comprehensive health care and medical services to residents. Services deal with
cancer, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, allergies, sickle cell anemia, ulcer, tuberculosis, Pap smears,
family planning, mental health work, school physicals, screenings, and diagnosis. Costs vary according
to client ability to pay and client needs. Clients are urged to bring medical and insurance information and
income level documentation.

SC Dept. of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services
Richland County Office
1221 Gregg St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-8379
Jennifer Hicks, Director

Promise Land Crisis and Rehabilitation Center
1786 Highway 129
Galvants Ferry, SC 29544
(843) 358-8555 or (843) 236-1121

Protection & Advocacy For People With Disabilities
Suite 208
3710 Landmark Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 782-0639
P & A can assist anyone who has a significant disability—either physical or mental—who:
 Experiences discrimination as a result of the disability
 Is being illegally denied needed services by an agency or program

Providence Home
PO Box 3188
3421 N Main Street
Columbia, SC 29230
(803) 779-2927
Ken Ritchie, Executive Director

The mission of Providence Home is to help stabilize the living conditions of dislocated men and to
encourage progress is realizing their full personal potential in self-sufficient living through the teachings
of Jesus Christ. Thirty-five beds are available. There is a program fee for room, meals (breakfast and
supper at the Home and lunch brown-bag style), and laundry. No alcohol or drug use is permitted. The
program includes AA meetings, Bible Study, and individual counseling and goal setting. Men are
required to find work and participate in the program to remain as residents. The Dorn VA Mental Health
Care Services Line’s SATP and HCHV programs will be responsible for program fees for men who are
enrolled in the those programs and who are willing to abide by Providence Home Guidelines.

Reid House of Christian Service
165 Saint Phillip Street
(P. O. BOX 22132)
Charleston, SC 29413
(843) 723-7138
Fax: (843) 722-8797
 Provides adult day care and adult health (Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm); meals and
    transportation included; accepts Medicaid.
 Temporary emergency shelter – up to 4 weeks for females and families. Includes information and
    referral services.

Respite House, Inc.
3600 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 254-1248
Respite House is the oldest adult day care program in the Greater Columbia Area and the second oldest in
the state. Its current location is in the old Colonial Heights Baptist Church that was sold in 2000 to Family
Worship Center.
         Applicants are referred to Respite House by other human service agencies, family members and
friends. Potential new clients are visited and assessed by a Registered Nurse to determine if Respite
House will be able to meet their needs. Clients have a variety of chronic conditions putting them at risk:
strokes, dementia, diabetes, arthritis, and others. Clients attend on a set schedule from one to five days per
         Reimbursement for services comes from Medicaid, the Social Services Block Grant, the Older
Americans’ Act, Dorn Veterans’ Hospital, and private pay. The US Department of Agriculture through
the SC Department of Social Services helps with the costs of lunches. One mini-van is leased from the
State Fleet in order to provide transportation for clients to and from the center.
         The current center is licensed by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control for a
maximum daily capacity of 26 clients.

Richland Care
111 Doctor’s Circle
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 296-2220
Fax: (803) 296-2221
Hours: Monday to Friday; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Eligibility: Richland County residents, income below 200% of federal poverty guideline, uninsured, lack
of health insurance.
Richland Care is a system that helps people without health insurance get free and low-cost primary care,
medications, hospital care, specialty care and many other health services.

Rosewood House of Recovery
19 Graves Dr.
Greenville, SC 29609
(864) 242-2166
Fax: (864) 282-2336
Executive Director: Nancy L. Smith
Admissions: Venus Butler
The mission of Rosewood is to break the cycle of abuse of alcohol and other drugs within families by
providing a safe and secure environment for recovery and growth.
Target Population: Homeless women in recovery from alcohol and other drugs.
Rosewood offers transitional housing, individual and group counseling, vocational training and life skills
for women who want to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.

Safe Harbor, Inc.
PO Box 174
Greenville, SC 29602
(864) 467-1177
Crisis Line: 1-800-291-2139
               Safe Harbor I, Greenville (864) 467-3636
               Safe Harbor II, Anderson (864) 261-3633
Executive Director: Renee Middleton, LPC
Volunteer & Brochures: Samantha Tucker
Safe Harbor provides a 24-hour a day, 7 day a week, year round crisis line and emergency safe shelter for
victims of domestic abuse. Safe Harbor can house up to 45 women & children; 30 at Safe Harbor I in
Greenville & 15 at Safe Harbor II in Anderson. Professional counselors, paraprofessionals, and trained
volunteers provide direct assessment, support, counseling, and case management to assist these victims of
violent crime with relocation, employment, and other professional services as needed during their
residency at the shelter. Other Safe Harbor services include victim advocacy for clients going through
family court, hospital emergency room victim services, and educational programs in Greenville County
high schools that teach students about domestic violence and promote healthy dating relationships.
Speakers are also available for any church or civic group interested in learning more about domestic
violence. Safe Harbor also maintains a group of volunteers who provide many client services and
outreach into our community.

Safe Haven Ministries, Inc.
231 East Hayne St.
Woodruff, SC 29388

Safe Homes – Rape Crisis Coalition
236 Union Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
(864) 583-9803
Salvation Army
2025 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 765-0260
Shelter Office: (803) 771-7491
Corps Officer: Captain Ethan Frizzell
BOOTH SHELTER: Clients (single men and women) enter through Short Term Transitional Housing.
This short term period allows the client to review the programs of The Salvation Army Booth Shelter in
order to determine desire for participation. Clients may stay in Short Term Transitional for a maximum
of one month. Any period over two weeks must be approved by case manager review board.
Clients that desire to stay for a Booth Shelter specific program; SAUL, SMILE, HOUSING FIRST, must
have a random drug test, a mental health screening and a criminal warrant check. Upon completion of
requirements, client’s files will be reviewed by appropriate program and then approved by the Booth
Shelter Director.
SAUL is a long-term rehabilitation program, not a temporary shelter. It takes time to restore the self -
respect essential to recovery and participation in mainstream society. SMILE is designed to identify
individuals who are “chronically homeless” and have a prior history of substance abuse and mental
illness. The Salvation Army understands that for many transitional clients the issue is not sheltering but
HOUSING FIRST, all efforts are made to assist in securing permanent housing. It is the goal to lead all
clients to HOUSING FIRST. All Long Term Transitional Housing Clients are required to pay a Program
Service Fee.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE/EVERYONE'S HOME: Emergency Assistance is an effort to stabilize
individuals and families that are in a short-term financial crisis. Persons receiving assistance should
maintain stability for 60 days after assistance is provided. Emergency Assistance is not designed to assist
in situations of lifestyle emergencies. Everyone's Home Goal is Stable Housing: A place of residence to
call home, controlled housing by the decision of the family head, congenial environment (utilities, food),
allow for physical, emotional, spiritual health, allows access to services tailored to families needs.
Emergency Assistance clients meet with a case worker to determine needs. Clients will need to bring
picture ID, original bills, final/eviction notices, proof of all income, proof of all expenses, social security
cards of each member of the household, reason for emergency. The Salvation Army Emergency
Assistance may be able to assist with clothing, utilities, rent/mortgage and limited assistance with
medicine, travel, furniture, car, work tool, mental health, and education.
The thrift stores serve as an important source of revenue to fund the shelter and its programs. More
importantly, however, it enables low-income families to meet their material needs. Shoppers can
purchase merchandise, which is in good condition, at reasonable prices.
Columbia Locations: 1312 N. Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205 (803) 748-7464 (9am- 5pm)
6108 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223 (803) 786-8082 (9am-5pm)
Newberry Location: 1931 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC 29108 (803) 321-0850 (10am-6pm)
Donations are accepted at all three stores, but we request that no donations be made after hours. To
schedule a pick-up call (803) 748-9964

Salvation Army
4248 Dorchester Road
North Charleston, SC 29405

Salvation Army
614 Green Street
P. O. BOX 448
Union, SC 29379

Salvation Army
P. O. Box 4108
Florence, SC 29502

Salvation Army
417 Rutherford Street
Greenville, SC 29609

Salvation Army – Aiken
322 Gayle Avenue Northwest
Aiken, SC 29801

Salvation Army – Anderson, SC
106 Tolly Street/112 Tolly Street (106 is the homeless shelter)
Anderson, SC 29624
(864) 225-7381

Salvation Army
1047 Broughton Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
(803) 534-0785

Samaritan House
1580 Middleton St
Orangeburg, Sc 29116
(803) 516-0088
Contact Person-Ginger Jenigan

SC Centers for Equal Justice ( formerly Palmetto Legal Services)
Richland County
2109 Bull Street
Columbia, SC
(803) 799-9668

Lexington County
426 S. Lake Dr.
Lexington, SC
(803) 359-4154
The SCCEJ is a non-profit, statewide law firm that is a consolidation of three former legal services
providers in the state. Free legal services are offered to low-income persons in family, housing,
consumer, public benefits, probate, education, community economic development, employment, migrant
farm workers, taxpayers, elder law, and other civil matters (all services are dependent upon client
eligibility and available resources).

SC Coaliton Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA)
PO Box 7776
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 256- 2900
FAX: 1-800-256-1030
Hotline: 1-800-260-9293
SCCADVASA is a statewide membership coalition consisting of all Domestic Violence Shelters & Rape
Crisis Centers in South Carolina to represent the critical needs of survivors of domestic violence and
sexual assault. SCCADVASA is the leader in directing efforts to eradicate interpersonal violence in
South Carolina. SCCADVASA advocates for positive social change through resource development,
political action and providing state of the art training.

SC Share
427 Meeting St.
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 739-5712
Bonnie Pate, Director
Michele Miller, Asst. Director
SC Share (Self-help Regarding Emotions) provides opportunities for growth, emotional support, and
recreation to those with mental illnesses or other emotional difficulties. There are support groups meeting
in most counties over the state. The drop-in center at the Meeting Street location in West Columbia is
open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department
(Lexington County)                                        (Richland County)
1330 Boston Ave.                                          516 Percival Road
West Columbia, SC 29170                                   Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 896-6333                                            (803) 782-4239
The SC Vocational Rehabilitation Dept. is a state agency designed to assist persons with disabilities with
any and all vocational issues. Services available are: vocational evaluation, medical services, counseling
and guidance, vocational training and/or education, muscle development center, work hardening skills,
transportation assistance, maintenance assistance (financial), job search skills, job placement, work
clothes and tools, post-employment services and follow-up services.

Sea Haven Street Outreach for Youth
505 9th Avenue North
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 445-9707

Senior Resources
(Formerly Council on Aging of the Midlands)
2817 Millwood Avenue
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 252-7734
Fax: (803) 929-0349
Contact Person: Jackie Thompson
Senior Resources provides a variety of coordinated services and resources to Columbia area senior
citizens and their families. Established programs include home care (care management, homemaker
services, medi-loan service, sitter services, respite services for caregivers), transportation, meals on
wheels, wellness centers (health screening, meals, exercise, outings, educational programs,
transportation), Neighbor Care (team of professionals and volunteers headed by a registered nurse),
volunteer opportunities (RSVP), Check in services for those who live alone (Good Morning Line), and
the Foster Grandparent program.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
(formerly Rape Crisis Network)
2001-D Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29205
24-hour hotline (803) 771-7273
Administrative (803) 252-8393
Fax: (803) 252-0814
Carol Wyatt, Executive Director
Sharon McLeon, Director of Clinical Services
Dorene Boltz, Clinical Coordinator of Adult and Adolescent Services
La”Chelle Vance, Sexual Assault Services Coordinator
Amy Wessinger, Groups Coordinator
Caponda Narciso, Advocate Counselor
Renee Kratzer, Education Coordinator
Meredith, Daniel, Office Manager
STS has a 24 hour hotline. This organization provides hospital and court accompaniment. They provide
individual and group counseling/therapy for assault survivors and their loved ones. They also provide
educational programs to schools and community group. There are volunteer opportunities for individuals
(18 and older) who are passionate about helping survivors of sexual assault and rape.

1200 Pendleton Street
Greenville, SC 29611
(864) 269-0700 / 422-9910
Contact Person: Roslyn Bryant

Shiphrah Ministries
349 Blake Dairy Road
Belton, SC 29627
(864) 338-4673
Contact Person: Jim Savely

Sistercare, Inc.
PO Box 1029
Columbia, SC 29202-1029
Office: (803) 926-0505
24-Hour Crisis Line: (803) 765-9428
Toll Free Crisis Line outside of Columbia: (800) 637-7606
Sistercare is a program of services for battered women and their children residing in Richland, Lexington,
Fairfield, Newberry, and Kershaw counties. Services include: Emergency shelter and supplies;
therapeutic and recreational services for children; support groups; legal advocacy; medical crisis
intervention and community education.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Strom Thurmond Federal Building
1835 Assembly St.

Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 765-5377
Elliot O. Cooper, District Director
Theresa B. Singleton, Deputy District Director
The SBA is the federal agency charged with encouraging and promoting the growth of small business
across America. They offer a variety of services to individuals who wish to own small businesses and
those who already do.

South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority
300-C Outlet Pointe Boulevard
Columbia, South Carolina 29210
(803) 896-9001
The agency provides rental assistance in eight counties. Applications are taken every month. Elderly,
disabled or veterans can call 1-866-701-0314 for more information. Rental assistance, homeownership
and other affordable housing opportunity are available through the SC State Housing Authority.

South Carolina Victim Assistance Network
1900 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 750-1200
Toll free: 1-888-852-1900
Fax: (803) 750-3003
 Advocates on behalf of all victims and witnesses of crime
 Establishes a communication network
 Enhances public awareness
 Facilitates research and evaluation
 Serves as technical support
 Facilitates quality training
 Educates and coordinates policy development
 Encourages citizen and victim participation.

Southeastern Children’s Home
115 Children’s Way
Duncan, SC 29334
(864) 439-0259
Contact Person: Robert Kimberly
Target Population: Teenage boys and girls

State Office of Victim Assistance (formerly Division of Victim Assistance)
1205 Pendleton St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-1900
1-800-220-5370 (victims only)
Training & Brochure Information: Ethel Ford (803) 734-1704 or Iztta LaRoy (803) 734-0694
The State Office of Victim Assistance provides direct victim services and financial assistance to victims
of crime committed in South Carolina. Through the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund, victims can be
reimbursed for medical and/or counseling expenses, as well as lost wages incurred due to the crime.
Victims must first complete a crime victims’ compensation application and attach a copy of the incident
report before eligibility can be determined. If a claim is deemed eligible, a victim can be reimbursed up
to $15,000.00

There Is Hope
905 Southbound Road, Hwy. #321
Gaston, SC 29053
(803) 794-0237
Contact Person: Ann & Todd Lee

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
1100 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 771-7300
Contact Person: Michael Sullivan
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral provides breakfast for the homeless population.

Trinity Housing Corporation/St Lawrence Place
2400 Waites Road
Columbia, SC 29204
(Mailing address: 1100 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29201)
(803) 256-3999
Fax (803) 933-0089
Scarlett A. Benjamin, Executive Director
Robin Biggs-Olds, Program Director
St. Lawrence Place provides transitional housing and programming to homeless families with children
aged 17 years old and under. Life Skills programming includes units on job skills career development,
communication and parenting skills, and financial management. Residents are required to attend these
evening programs once a week and participate in maintenance and care of their St Lawrence Place
apartment and campus. St. Lawrence Place provides both an after school program and child care on like
skills evenings. The St. Lawrence Place campus is an alcohol and other drug free environment. Move in
fees and rent are required. Adults at St. Lawrence Place must be ether employed or in a full time
educational porgram to participate.

United Black Fund of the Midlands
2219 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 256-0207
Fax: (803) 256-8913
Many small grass-roots community organizations around the Midlands, particularly in Richland County,
depend upon the United Black Fund (UBF) for some kind of support to operate essential social programs
in their neighborhoods. Most of these organizations are community-based groups that work with youth.
UBF also provides crucial traditional and non-traditional emergency assistance to individuals and families
who are in eminent danger of being of facing termination and/or eviction of essential utilities, such as gas,
electricity, rent/mortgage and prescription drugs. Most of the time and for various reasons, the people we
help have been denied by other agencies. The United Black Fund receives requests for help from
numerous other organizations, but is unable to assist all of them because of a lack of funding.
Through the far-reaching tentacles of grass roots organizations and programs armed in the fight to lower
social and economic hurdles, the United Black Fund is committed to supporting and providing programs
and funding that promote education, health and welfare, as well as community, family and child well-
being. In essence, the United Black Fund does not shy away from hard-to-reach, hard-to-erase obstacles.
Instead, it embraces them.

VA Health Care for Homeless Veterans
WJB Dorn VA Medical Center
6439 Garners Ferry Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29209
803-776-4000 X 7697
Program Director: Patricia Bradford, LISW-CP, LMFT
The Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program provides outreach and screening services to the
Homeless Veterans in the catchment area (Midlands, Upstate, and the Pee Dee) of the WJB Dorn VA
Medical Center. The outreach includes screening for admission to the HCHV program with referrals to
needed medical, mental health, vocational, and social services. Orientation/Education groups are
conducted every Monday and Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. for homeless veterans interested in enrolling in
the HCHV program. Call 803-776-4000 x7445 for an appointment and then report to Bldg 106 Rm A243
on the scheduled date. Case management services are provided to enrolled veterans.

VA Outreach
(The Salvation Army)
2025 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 765-0260 x28
The VA Outreach program is a continuum of resources and activities to help homeless veterans and their
families help themselves. Services offered are: health care, counseling, disability compensation, pension,
social security, education and training, job assistance, home loans, small business and farm loans, death
benefits, and other assistance. Veterans’ formation assemblies meet once a month for a meal,
camaraderie and networking, and help in obtaining needed resources and services.

Columbia Vet Center
1513 Pickens Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 765-9944

Greenville Vet Center
14 Lavinia Street
Greenville, SC 29601
(803) 271-2711

Volunteers of America of the Carolinas
P.O. Box 1447
Columbia, SC 29202-1447
Street Address:       246 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 103
                      Columbia, SC 29210
Tel: 803-779-6465
Fax: 803-779-1657

Volunteers of America provides transitional housing for families with children; child care for families
experiencing homelessness; and housing development and management for seniors, persons living with
disabilities, and other people who need quality affordable housing.

Waccamaw Youth Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 3293
Conway, SC 29526
(843) 369-0200
Contact person: Robin Casey
Target population: males 12-21

Washington Street Soup Cellar
1401 Washington St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 256-2417
Washington Street United Methodist Church provides free lunch to those in need on Monday-Friday from
10:45 to noon.

Wateree Community Action
3220 Two Notch Road
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 786-4250
Contact Person: Venus Sabb
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Services include limited assistance with emergency utility funds, rent evictions, funds for “homeless”,
emergency medical and employment training programs. Project Home includes repairs to home for low-
income persons. Persons served must be within income guidelines. This is a very busy agency. Clients
must be in line very early in order to be seen during any given day.

Women’s Community Residence
1435 Platt Springs Road
West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 733-1372
Contact Person: Mary Lynne Porter ( (803) 733-1376)
This is a residential program designed with a secure nurturing environment to prepare women in recovery
from chemical dependency for community living. The residence is located on 3 acres in a refurbished
turn-of-the-century house. Children may visit, but cannot live at the residence. Pregnant women are
considered for priority admission. Services provided include individual treatment planning, vocational
rehabilitation, job placement/retention assistance, life-skills development, relapse prevention techniques,
group and individual therapy, and transportation to off-site AA/NA meetings. An intensive outpatient
program meets at the residence in the mornings. Babysitting is provided. The IOP is approximately 6

The Women’s Shelter
3425 North Main St.
Columbia, SC
(803) 779-4706
Kathy Riley, Director

The Women’s Shelter is a 13 bed emergency shelter for women with, primarily, substance abuse
problems. All clients must maintain sobriety throughout the duration of their stay at the women’s shelter.
Also, all clients must be home to the shelter each night for group dinner, which is prepared, served, and
cleaned on a rotating basis by each of the women in the shelter, in addition to other cleaning and
housekeeping duties. Also, daily living-skills classes as well as AA/NA support group meetings are held
each night before 11:00 p.m. Typical length of stay at the women’s shelter is two to three months with
the possibility of moving to transitional, low-cost housing afterwards for those deemed appropriate.
Living arrangements in this transitional housing generally clusters 2-3 clients per house or apartment at a
cost of about $150 per month per client. This amount is to be paid by each client from her own
independent earnings, as each woman must obtain and maintain suitable employment while at the shelter.
While visitation by friends or family (including children) is allowed at the shelter during designated
hours, children are not allowed to actually live at the shelter or in the transitional housing. They must be
placed in the protective custody of DSS or with family/friends while the client stays at the home. In
addition, women staying at the shelter are not allowed to become involved in romantic relationships as
maximum effort is given focusing on recovery.

50 Willow Drive
Sumter, SC 29150
(803) 773-1404

YWCA of the Midlands
1510 Barnwell St
Columbia, SC 29201-3514
(803) 252-2151
Fax: (803) 252-2577
Services include free legal consultations for women and men, outreach to incarcerated women at Alvin S.
Glenn Detention Center and their children, afterschool care, and summer camp at South East Middle
School for 6th – 8th graders.


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