A unique component of your SC Nonprofit Summit is the opportunity to visit and learn from local nonprofits. You’ll have the opportunity to visit several Midlands nonprofits selected by our Summit Steering Committee for their innovative work. Think of it as a fun field trip for professionals — minus the chaperones. Transportation will be provided. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. You might want to bring a bottle of water as well.
Each of the site visit options will be offered during either of the scheduled time slots:
- Monday, March 6: 9-11 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 7: 2-4 p.m.
Option 1: Transitions and the Free Medical Clinic
We will start our tour at the largest homeless facility in the Midlands, Transitions helps adult women and men overcome their barriers to housing. This tour will include an overview of the facility, as well as the mental health services the organization provides and their on-site clinic.
Next, we will visit The Free Medical Clinic, the largest of its kind in the Midlands and often the safety net for uninsured families. Participants will get a behind the scenes look at operations for the many services it provides. Expect to gain insight into the healthcare needs of the population they serve.
Option 2: St. Lawrence Place/Homeless No More
A village of single-family homes, St. Lawrence Place is a program of Homeless No More and more than an emergency shelter. It is a proven program that keeps families together and helps them cultivate the skills they need to become contributing members of the community.
Participants will learn first-hand how residents experience the campus and what their day looks like. From exploring programs for both adults and children, to visiting an actual residence, attendees will leave with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing crisis and transitional housing programs.
Option 3: Celia Saxon Community
In 2000, the Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) demolished 400 barracks-style, public housing apartments and rebuilt the new Celia Saxon Community. In addition to 435 new apartments, CHA created a TOTAL community, complete with sidewalks, a public library, wellness and health centers, and retail stores.
Participants will explore the various components of the new community design. The project is a testimony to the value of partnerships and improved community design.