LSC launches new Day Services for Youth Program in South Carolina

Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) is excited to announce the opening of its new Day Services for Youth Program in South Carolina. Through a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Social Services, the program offers foster youth a safe place to learn and grow during the day.

LSC Business Developer Rachael Fulmer said the goal is to get kids into a healthy, safe learning environment where they can thrive. The Department of Social Services reached out to many providers and asked if any organizations were interested in piloting a program, and LSC answered the call.

“We are so excited about the opportunity to partner with SC DSS on a new initiative,” LSC Executive Director of Community and Rehabilitative Services Bethany Vause said. “This program not only fills a void in the child welfare system, but also in the lives of the children and youth served. I couldn’t be more thrilled about this program.”

The program is in a renovated space at Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, South Carolina. The church has been an integral partner of LSC over the years and provides space for the LSC New Americans Program Columbia office.

“We are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Reformation Lutheran Church. Pastor (Leroy) Cannon was enthusiastic about helping youth in foster care in a space that was underutilized,” Fulmer said. “We worked closely with the church to get the building renovated and turned around quickly in time for summer. It’s a great opportunity and a great space.”

The Day Services for Youth Program is open year-round, five days a week. The program will provide meals for youth, education support, life skills, and space for online learning.

It also has space for fun with art projects, games, air hockey, cornhole, and a badminton area.

“We’ve got a variety of activities that can occupy their time and enrich their minds. We want them to feel comfortable and supported,” Fulmer said. “We have spaces to hang out, a kitchen and laundry area to work on vocational skills like meal prep and laundry, and a supportive staff.”

Myra Griffie, vice president of LSC child and family services, said the program is a true collaboration between LSC and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

“We worked hard to open the doors quickly to provide a safe environment for youth in crisis. I am so proud of our South Carolina team and this exciting new opportunity to serve our community,” Griffie said.