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John is an inquisite and entergetic eleven year old who is currently in the
5th grade. He has been in foster care for four years due to abuse and
neglect within his biological family. When John first came to the Alston
Wilkes Society, it was with great caution and the understanding that he
had been in several placements before.  Many assumed that John would
disrupt his placement again.    Read John's story here.


Isabella was introduced to the staff at the Alston Wilkes Society in 2009. 
She'd endured years of severe abuse making it difficult for her to form healthy relationships and succeed in school. Her saving grace was a 
teacher who intervened after noticing that Isabella seemed disheveled,  
uncared for, and emotionally withdrawn.    Read Isabella's story here. 


   Michael Harris is now a free man.  At the end of his work day he enters his
   new apartment to sleep by himself for the first time in 19 years. "The thing
   about being incarcerated is that you are never alone, every movement is
   watched, and it is never quiet.  My prayer is for my home to be a place of
   welcome and worship", he said.   Read Michael's story here.


Mr. Lawrence Miller, a 64 year old retired Army Veteran, wanted desperatly to find permanent housing so he could bring his family together under one roof.  Natives of Minnesota, Mr. Miller had been living on park benches on the streets of Columbia while his wife stayed with friends.   Read Mr. Miller's story here.



"It was truly a blessing from God, to make Alston Wilkes Society available to
us on our journey to being homeless, with that being said, (retired veteran)
Mr. Clinton Davis and Miss Lauren Halloran of Alston Wilkes Society of
Columbia, SC for assisting us to no more being homeless..."  Read their letter here.


A young family learned a valuable lesson as their world was torn apart due to a drug conviction.  The Court had the attention of both parents when they lost custody of their precious child, Jenny. The father, Joe, came to seek assistance from the Alston Wilkes Society, explaining his determination to rebuild his life and reunite his famly.                                                                                                                                            Read Joe's story here.


The Morgan family met Derrick and saw past the tough facade and instead saw the frightened, wounded child in need of love, consistency, and a second chance. The Morgan's had raised their own kids and decided that they still had more time and energy to devode to other children in need.   Read Derrick's story here.


A parole agent asked Jo Ann Blackwell, Community Service Coordinator in York County, if she could assist one of his clients in getting the medication that he desperately needed.  The agent explained Barry had been homeless in the winter months and had frost bite on his foot after which gangrene set in.    Read Barry's story here.


"I am sending you this email to give you my testimony on how God allowed Alston Wilkes Society to be a blessing to me.  I have been homeless since August and I became homeless due to lack of income and life hardships.  I am a believer and I know that all things work together for my good..."     Read Sheila's email here.


Alston Wilkes Society Logo,  in Columbia, SC