EmPOWERment

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

The power of Empowerment during Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week

 

During this Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, November 14-22, let’s take a moment to reflect on what we are thankful for, and take time to share our compassion with our neighbors experiencing homelessness, many due to flooding.

South Carolina ranks 42d overall in terms of homeless children based on economic well-being, education, health, family and community factors.  St. Lawrence Place served almost 100 children last year through our literacy-based children’s program, in addition to others from Family Shelter and the surrounding neighborhood. This ranking is a statistic that Midlands service providers, like St. Lawrence Place, aim to improve dramatically.

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St. Lawrence Place continues to help families with shelter and skills that foster independence freeing them from the cycle of poverty.  Operating on a sound business model that breaks this hopeless cycle, SLP provides much more than just  housing: we provide important support services such as a career center and specialized life skills classes to people with the dream and drive to become self-sufficient.  When we empower not enable, the returns are immeasurable.

As you prepare for your own family gathering next week, please remember St. Lawrence Place or one of the many Midlands area service providers with a monetary or non-perishable goods donation to help battle homelessness and hunger in our communities.

We will all be thankful.