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Parents Anonymous of SC, Inc. Receives Grant from The Duke Endowment to
Strengthen Families in Six SC Counties
Allendale, Bamberg, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and Lee counties in South Carolina will benefit from a grant to Parents Anonymous of SC from The Duke Endowment to fund The Pathways to Strong, Safe Families Project. According to Marty Banks, Executive Director, the project is a community-led initiative to strengthen families by providing parenting support, skill building and leadership development for parents and caregivers. Free, weekly parenting groups and programs for children and youth are being formed now. “We are indeed privileged to have been selected by The Duke Endowment to expand our services in these six counties”, said Banks, “and we are committed to a long-term relationship in the community well beyond the life of the grant.”
The project in each county is under the leadership of local coordinators: Patricia Hall, Allendale County; Idella Peacock, Bamberg County; Shedron Williams, Hampton County; Betty Johnson, Lee County; Lorain Tascoe-Bey, Jasper County and Eartha Cunningham, Colleton County. The endowment grant will be used to establish free parent mutual support groups and programs for children in several areas of each county, along with many other community-based activities for families and service providers. Parent groups provide a caring, supportive environment where parents and caregivers can learn new parenting strategies and create long-lasting positive change in their families. Groups are co-led by parents and a professional group facilitator. While parents are meeting, their children and teens may attend a companion Children and Youth Program where they engage in a variety of rich, fun, hands-on activities that stimulate positive emotional growth and development.
Parents who have participated in these programs in other areas of the state and country have had this to say about their experiences: “I found the courage to change.” “I don’t feel alone anymore.” “My first Parents Anonymous meeting replaced hopelessness with hope. My second meeting replaced helplessness with new ideas.” “Thanks to the help I got from Parents Anonymous, my kids are happier and I enjoy them even more.”
Parents Anonymous is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families and building caring communities that support safe and nurturing homes for all children. Parents Anonymous® of South Carolina, Inc. has been an accredited affiliate of the national Parents Anonymous® organization for almost 30 years.
The Duke Endowment, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by improving lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, health care, rural churches and children’s services. With assets of $3 billion, the Endowment has awarded $2.2 billion in grants since its inception in 1924.
For Immediate Release
Marty Banks, Executive Director
Parents Anonymous® of South Carolina, located on The Navy Yard at Noisette, was recognized at the annual Parents Anonymous® Inc. National Leadership Institute in Washington, DC on February 5th as leading the nation with the most parent mutual support groups and children/youth programs with 117 groups throughout South Carolina.
For 30 years, the proven effective Parents Anonymous® prevention program serves the entire family through Parents Anonymous® Groups and Children’s Programs. Parents find a caring, supportive environment where they can learn new parenting strategies and create long lasting positive changes in their families. This vital community-based program includes weekly, free of charge Parents Anonymous® Groups which are co-led by parents and professional Group Facilitators trained in the Parents Anonymous® model. Parents can join a Parents Anonymous® Group at any time and attend for as long as they wish. While parents are meeting, their children and teens attend the Parents Anonymous® Children’s Program where they engage in a variety of rich, fun, hands-on activities that stimulate positive emotional growth and development. For more information, call Donna Xenakis at 747-0480, ext. 27.