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Prosperity Center opens to provide employment, education, financial services in one location
7/2/2013 11:49:00 AM

(left to right) Miss Summerville Catherine Fox; Amanda Lawrence, Director of Financial Stability for Trident United Way; David Geer, Executive Director of Family Services, Inc; Robert Smith, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina ; Christopher Kerrigan, President and CEO of Trident United Way; Mayor Bill Collins; Ann Elish, Board Chair of Goodwill; Julie Kornahrens, Director Dorchester County Adult/Community Education; Jim Hughes, Vice President of Mission Services for Goodwill, Leslie Thrasher, Senator Lindsey Graham's office, Marie McLeod, Greater Summerville/Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce.


SUMMERVILLE, SC - Palmetto Goodwill, Trident United Way and Family Services celebrated the opening of Summerville's new Prosperity Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 28 at 12 p.m. located at 222 Trolley Road inside the Goodwill retail store.

Mayor William C. Collins and local representatives of the Summerville community attended the grand opening ceremony.

The center is a collaborative effort by the three organizations to offer a variety of services and training in one location for people in the Summerville community. The services are offered at no cost to the community.

"Individuals who come to Goodwill are usually unemployed or underemployed and have a need for the services we offer as well as those offered by Trident United Way and Family Services, said Jim Hughes, vice president of mission services for Goodwill. "Now clients are able to receive all three services in one central location."

Through the center, Goodwill provides employment services including career coaching, job training and employment placement services. Computer stations are available for job searches and resume building. Through their partnership with Goodwill, South Carolina Adult Education will provide Work Core Employability Skills training.

Family Services has licensed coaches on site to provide financial coaching, homebuyer education, credit counseling, and foreclosure prevention and assistance. They also offer free monthly budgeting classes as well as debt management, homeless prevention, reverse mortgage counseling, and bankruptcy counseling services through their North Charleston licensed staff via videoconferencing, telephone, and group workshops.

Trident United Way coordinates service delivery among the various partners and offers income supports for working families to stabilize them financially while they pursue further education, financial skills and job training.

The ribbon cutting ceremony marked the opening of the second Prosperity Center in the Tri-County area. Goodwill, Trident United Way and Family Services opened a Prosperity center in January at 325 East Main Street in Moncks Corner

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