Last evening I had the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful celebration. A celebration of successes, a celebration accomplishments, a celebration of a “Shining Star” in Spartanburg County as well as South Carolina. The Middle Tyger Community Center, Wanda Fowler the Executive Director and staff marked the 10 year anniversary of serving our community. As I sat and listened to all the great work that has touched the lives of so many I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride as well. The Upstate Family Resource Center has the same opportunity, only we have the blessing of their extraordinary example that was set before us. How exciting that we have the challenge of carrying this torch and passing it along to other communities to do the same. My vision for this Center is that we too become the “Shining Star” for all in our community. We certainly cannot become all things to all people, but we can become a compass giving direction and guidance through the maze of issues that families travel through. I hope that you will become inspired to find a way help us on this journey. We cannot do it ourselves; we need support and assistance in making this a priority in our community. We need citizens to become in engaged in the work that we are doing. We need you to take ownership of your community and help to build this great organization.
I challenge you to visit our facility to fully understand the scope of our work. I know that you will become as passionate as we are and committed to finding ways to join us in our efforts to strengthen children and families in our community. I hope to see you soon.