United Way fights for the 1,500 people experiencing homelessness in our community. Living on the street costs them connections with family and friends and makes it hard for them to work or maintain good health.
Address Childhood Trauma
67% of young people have suffered trauma during their lifetime—whether it’s food insecurity, an abusive parent or guardian, homelessness, or some other sustained traumatic event. Resilient Midlands is raising awareness around childhood trauma to shatter taboos, end painful silences, and create healing.
Free Tax Filing
For low-income families, an annual tax refund is a needed cash infusion, but many can’t afford to pay an accountant. We offer a free filing service, led by volunteer accountants, that maximizes their refund.
The United Way of the Midlands provides grants for community organizations that are helping to promote stability. Last year, we provided over a million dollars to local organizations that are helping transition people out of homelessness, including homeless youth, and providing needed services that help individuals get back on their feet.
TOTAL Funding $1,469,924
- $25,000 to Able South Carolina
Empowering Women to Independence
Able SC works one-on-one with women with disabilities, who are more likely to be victims of interpersonal violence, with learning/regaining independent living skills after a crisis situation to increase self-sufficiency.
- $23,000 to Alston Wilkes Society
AWS is securing shelter/housing for non-violent offenders who have been released from county jail due to their high vulnerability to COVID-19.
- $30,000 to Boys Farm
Empowering Safe Families
Boys Farm provides a support network for families with at-risk children by providing stable housing and intensive case management.
- $12,500 to Edisto Habitat for Humanity
Edisto Habitat provided mortgage relief funding to 33 at-risk families to help keep them housed.
- $76,000 to Homeless No More
Emergency Shelter for Families
HNM's Family Shelter provides emergency shelter for up to 90 days to 17 families at a time. The shelter is staffed around the clock, 365 days a year, and expects to serve 70 families at during 2020-2021.
- $38,000 to Homeless No More
Life Skills, Professional Development & Personal Coaching for Women in Crisis
HNM is developing a life skills curriculum specific to families living in emergency and transitional shelter. Families are eligible for employability services, e.g. GED courses and Work Keys, and QuickJobs scholarships.
- $40,000 to Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.
MIRCI Youth Services
MIRCI provides access to comprehensive basic needs, behavioral healthcare, community referrals, and stable housing to youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the Midlands, equipping youth to exit homelessness permanently.
- $220,000 to Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.
Street Outreach, Assertive Community Treatment, and Benefits Enrollment
MIRCI provides outreach, behavioral healthcare, psychiatrists, Assertive Community Treatment, access to housing, and benefits enrollment to individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
- $70,000 to Mission Lexington (LiCS)
School Enrichment Program
ML partners with Lexington School Districts One through Four to assist Lexington County families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
- $69,000 to Palmetto Place Children and Youth Services
Unaccompanied Youth Program
Palmetto Place's Unaccompanied Youth (UY) Program houses 25 homeless youth ages 16-21 while providing intense wraparound services. The program also provides aftercare to youth upon exit as well as family engagement services.
- $56,000 to Richland Library
New Hope Project
Richland Library empowers homeless individuals to find, secure, and keep sustainable employment, as well as find and secure housing. An experienced and dedicated case manager leads this effort by establishing employment and affordable housing partnerships.
- $72,200 to Sistercare, Inc.
General Operating Support and Case Management for Emergency Shelters
Sistercare offers domestic violence survivors and their children confidential, safe shelter along with fundamental needs like food, clothing, and hygiene products in addition to case management to address homelessness and domestic violence.
- $40,000 to The Cooperative Ministry
TCM provided rent and utility assistance to 28 clients and temporarily increased staffing to meet the increased need for services.
- $305,000 to Salvation Army, A Georgia Corporation
The Salvation Army partners with homeless liaisons in four school districts to provide security deposits, rent, and utility assistance to families in need. They also provide hotel vouchers and travel assistance for the homeless.
- $250,000 to Transitions (Midlands Housing Alliance)
MHA operates Transitions to provide outreach, shelter, and comprehensive services to men and women, ages 18 and older, who are homeless in the Midlands area.
- $143,224 to United Way Association of South Carolina
2-1-1 Call Center and Website Referrals
UWASC's 2-1-1 is a 24‐hour statewide hotline for information on non‐emergency human services.