“For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.” (1 John 3:11)

By Katie Scarvey, Lutheran Services Carolinas

Have you heard that Lutheran Services Carolinas is officially kicking off a new capital campaign in South Carolina?

Love One Another seeks to raise at least $1 million to improve the lives of three groups in South Carolina: young people transitioning out of foster care; newly arriving refugees; and individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

The campaign will raise money to create a new case management service for young people in South Carolina transitioning out of foster care. Funds will be used to hire case management staff and build support networks.

Love One Another funds will also help LSC acquire housing in the Charleston area to allow refugee families to have a temporary place to live while more permanent housing can be found. In addition, funds will help improve and maintain Welcome House at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Columbia, which has provided temporary housing for about 100 refugees annually.

LSC also serves those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and recognizes the lack of supervised independent living options. To address that problem, a portion of the campaign funds will go to establishing host home programs in the Upstate and Rock Hill areas. These homes will offer individuals with I/DD an opportunity to become as independent and productive as possible in a community-based setting with support from a host family.

The rest of the campaign funds will be used for technology, including adaptive technology and equipment for individuals with I/DD, tablets to support caseworkers who provide support for children and young people in foster care across the state, and tablets for caseworkers who support refugees.

To learn more about Love One Another or to donate, click here.

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