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Tri-County Veterans Support Network

Tri-County Veterans Support Network is a 501(c)(3) comprised of many veteran service agencies from across the Charleston Tri-County area. We are committed to collaboratively working together to identify veterans and families in crisis in our community and help them navigate their way to stability. There are many difficulties our veterans face in their transition home. A major challenge is overcoming the loss of identity and direction upon exiting the military and many are ill prepared for reintegration into their community upon their return. In a word, stability is our objective but it will come in many different forms given the wide array of difficulties veterans and their families face. Exiting the military triggers an extremely stressful and life changing pivotal moment of introspective evaluation and reinvention to find a sense of value and life purpose. How they resolve this can have a tremendous impact on their future. Many are left deficient in coping with their difficulties and as they deal with the traumas of war, this added stress compounds their problems which can be extremely daunting and leave them feeling completely overwhelmed and without hope, creating any number of reactions from depression and isolation to rage or suicide. The Tri-County Veterans Support Network serves as a collaborative community “clearing house” or liaison to comprehensive supportive services for our veterans. We are the crossroads where a grateful community and our veterans meet. We serve them by proactively finding them in the community and working with other agencies within our network to assess the veteran and families needs, help them to come up with an action plan, give them practical tools to implement their plan and plug them in to the appropriate local, state and national resources to make their plan a reality. We accomplish this through coordinating a collaborative multidisciplinary community response with a network of many veteran service agencies throughout the community, offering services to our veterans focused in five main areas: health and wellness; basic needs assistance; education and vocational training; and employment and business development. Our ultimate goal is to have a replicable model for both metropolitan and rural areas, to give comprehensive support to our veterans that can be transplanted into communities across the country.

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Cafe Connections

Café Connections started with a dream nearly 25 years ago with this simple question, “If money were no object, what would you love to do more than anything in the world?” For us, the answer to that question was to run and operate a coffeehouse type ministry where we could demonstrate God’s love to our community by serving them with simple kindness and hospitality. For over 20 years now, we have been in “training” for this very day. We love people and we love serving. Our prayer is that Jesus be glorified in every word that is uttered and every kindness that is shown. Café Connections is a place where family and friends gather and where relationships are built. We encourage those that live and work within the community to come and bring their lunch, surf the net, read a book, or engage in conversation. As a community, let’s reconnect over some coffee and a homemade dessert! In Isaiah 50:4 it says, “The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are instructed to know how to sustain the weary with a word….” We all need to be encouraged as we walk the path that has been placed before us. Will you let us encourage you? We look forward with great joy to reconnecting with old friends and making some new friends along the way. God Bless You! At Cafe Connections, we provide at NO CHARGE to our community... Free wi-fi/computer use Free dessert and coffee Family games Library of wholesome family reading Meeting space for special gatherings Free copies Spiritual and emotional support Off campus Bible studies for our local churches Complete warming station for our business community to come and bring their lunch Local drop site for Marvin's Produce