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Rebuilding Lives for a Safer Community

The Alston Wilkes Society (AWS) is a statewide non-profit organization that provides those most at risk with hope for a brighter future.  AWS gives hope and rebuilds lives through rehabilitative and prevention services.  The agency was founded in 1962 as a non-profit organization led by a group of dedicated volunteers working under the direction of the Reverend Eli Alston Wilkes, Jr., a Methodist minister who labored as a tireless and devoted worker in helping those less fortunate. Today, the Alston Wilkes Society is the largest statewide agency of its kind providing direct services in North and South Carolina to not only offenders, but also the homeless, families in crisis, at-risk youth, and homeless veterans.


Locations:
Columbia
Charleston
Florence

Federal Residential
Reentry Centers (RRC)

Three adult residential facilities house
federal offenders through contracts with
the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  AWS
provides 24-hour supervision, housing,
food, and intense case management. 
Many reentry programs are offered to
help residents make a smooth transition
back into the community.  Such programs
include parenting classes, life skills training,
cultural diversity training, money
management classes, and substance
abuse counseling.


AWS is the recipient of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grant that assists qualifying low income veterans and their families in gaining access to supportive services enabling the family to maintain and/or obtain per- manent housing.  AWS has SSVF offices in Columbia, Greenville, and Charlotte, NC.

Veteran Services
Veterans Helping Veterans

The Alston Wilkes Veterans Home was the first transitional
housing facility for veterans in
the Midlands.  The AWVH provides, housing; clothing; food; job training and place- ment; substance abuse and therapeutic counseling; and mentoring to help homeless veterans regain self-suffiency.
The program  has an 85% successful graduation rate.


Clients may receive assistance & referalls in the following areas:

Clothing • Food • Education Assistance • Employment Placement • Employment Training
• Housing Assistance • Counseling Referrals • Transportation

Community Services
Rebuilding Lives Since 1962

Ten regional Community 
Service Coordinators
 serve all 46 counties in S.C., providing case management, counseling and employment services to offenders, ex- offenders, homeless people and families in crisis. When AWS is not able to provide direct assistance, information and referrals are available during the case management process.



Youth Services
Providing a continuum of care

The AWS provides 24-hour
supervision and care by a
diverse and experienced staff that includes residential, academic, clinical, and home-based community services.  Smaller caseloads allow for more intensive services. All Youth Programs are  accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).


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How Can You Help?

Become a memberVolunteerSponsor a foster child for a special occasion •  Donate your gently used dress clothes for clients' job interviews • Donate an item from the In-Kind Needs list • Tell your friends and family about us • Become a foster parent • Make a tax deductible contribution in someone's honor or memory • Remember us in your will • Invite us to speak to your church, civic, or small group
Thank you!

Become a Foster Parent Today!

Becoming a Foster Parent can be a very rewarding experience!  Do you possess the gift of being able to open your heart and home to children who are in need of a safe, nurturing place to live?  With your courage, strength, and patience,  YOU can become a hero to a child in need!      

 

2014 Agency Calendar of Meetings & Events

 

     December 24-26, 2014 
     Christmas Holiday
     AWS State Office Closed