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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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Blue Ridge Broadcasting / The Light FM

Award-winning, listener supported The Light FM was founded by Billy and Ruth Graham in 1962 and has been operated by Blue Ridge Broadcasting ever since. Committed to leading as many people as possible into a personal and dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ, the station encourages families and individuals with hope-filled music and solid, powerful Bible teaching. It’s our prayer that God will use The Light FM to help our listeners mature in their faith and be proactive in serving Christ. Our music features the latest songs from artists such as Newsboys, Chris Tomlin, Laura Story, Casting Crowns, Jeremy Camp and Mandisa as well as some of the most popular songs of the last few years. Our music programming is hosted by local personalities who are passionate about sharing the Good News of the Gospel. Our personalities understand the lifestyle of today’s radio listener and tailor their programs accordingly. The Light FM’s teaching programs feature commentary and insight from today’s leading speakers: Chip Ingram, Greg Laurie and Dr. David Jeremiah, just to name a few. The Light FM broadcasts the Good News of God’s love to a seven-state area that includes the metro regions of Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina; the Tri-Cities in Tennessee as well as Knoxville, TN. Its signal reaches more than 6 million people — making it the 12th-largest FM radio station in the nation, in terms of coverage area. The Light FM is constantly seeking ways to reach out to listeners with fun, family-oriented events. We also encourage our listeners to partner with us in various mission projects. Our listeners donated funds that provided three years of safety for children in the red light district in Mumbai, India, donated backpacks for local schools, donated 650 pairs of shoes to orphans in China, sponsored children for elementary education through Christian schools in Beirut, Lebanon, collected funds to reach 12 million people in areas of Russia through a radio project with Trans World Radio and collect shoeboxes annually for Operation Christmas Child.

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PS I Love You Ministries

Our Mission is to serve and support the needs of foster children in the Upstate of South Carolina, so no child is left behind. PS I Love You was established in 2009, by a local foster family that found it difficult to provide all the necessities needed for foster children who came into their home. From that experience, they founded PS I Love You to provide programs and services to help foster children in our community that are the product of difficult life situations that is no fault of their own. When children come into the foster care system, many times they come with only the clothes on their back or a small trash bag of their belongings. Meeting the needs of a child, children or sibling group, can be very overwhelming and costly for foster families. PS I Love You provides a clothing closet and resource center to meet the physical needs of foster children from head to toe. Foster families visit our clothing closet at the arrival of a new placement, season change, or after a growth spurt of their current foster child/children. We provide clothes, shoes, underwear, socks, diapers, wipes, baby equipment, toys, bibles, books, and a Care Bag for foster children. A foster parent’s calling is to promote the growth or development of a child that they do not know. The trauma, abuse, or neglect a foster child experiences before being placed into foster care is messy, undeserved, and most of all, no fault of their own. Their two worlds collide and things are expected to fall into place. We believe that supporting the foster parent is critical to the success of the child in foster care.

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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