Focus on The Palmetto State
December 2013 at 9:30am - Focus on the Palmetto State
Segment one features an international non-profit organization called Made By Survivors which employs and educates survivors of slavery and other human rights abuses. Sarah Symons, the founder of this group is passionate about helping these young people overcome such atrocities. Their programs of artisan ship jewelry design and metal smithing create jobs with high wages that develop business and leadership skills. She has also written a book entitled This is No Ordinary Joy recounting her journey and the uplifting stories of some of the survivors.
In segment two we spoke with Matt Reeves, Director of the Frazee Dream Center which is a free preschool, after school and summer program for under resourced children in the downtown Greenville area. The program offers assistance and guidance to children ages 3-16 in the areas of academics, character development, sportsmanship and emotional wellness.
In segment three we spoke with Jordon Littleton of Harvest Hope Food Bank. Their mission is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.Harvest Hope began in 1981 as the result of a shared vision of business leaders and the faith community who set out to provide for the hungry in Columbia. Since then Harvest Hope has increased its mission to feed the hungry across 20 counties of South Carolina. Harvest Hope distributed over 28million pounds of food last year and fed approximately 38,000 people a week.
In our last segment we catch up with Mr. Curtis Johnson of the MLK Dream Weekend event coming up in January. He shared with us all the activities scheduled for the 2014 MLK Dream Weekend. This is a community-wide event to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by helping to fulfill his dream, live out his values and celebrate the diversity of the communities in which we live. Some of the activities include community service projects, teen events and the Day of Dreams which is designed to challenge the community to adopt the attitude of not only having a dream but then to pursue those dreams.