What is SC STRONG?
SC STRONG stands for Sustaining, Teaching and Rebuilding Our New Generation. SC STRONG is a replication of a successful model for ex-offenders, substance abusers, and the homeless, known as Delancey Street. Delancey Street is a highly successful organization with decades of experience in this area. This model is considered to be the most successful, economical, and innovative approach to reduce recidivism while providing skills and resources needed.
Why was SC STRONG needed?
South Carolina has one of the highest per capita incarceration rates in the country. The majority of those incarcerated are poor, unskilled, undereducated, and minority. In the state, over 13,000 men and women are released from prison every year and return to a society that has a job market generally hostile to ex-offenders, a scarcity of affordable housing, limited ability to travel, and often large debts associated with child support or restitution payments which if left unpaid can lead to a return behind bars. The effect of this cycle has played a vital role in the degradation of communities, high recidivism and welfare participation rates, and increased community instability.
What does SC STRONG do?
SC STRONG residents have completed a major renovation of the exteriors and interiors of various quarters at the former Naval Base. The light construction and catering training enterprises prepare residents with construction and culinary arts trades skills. The skills have been linked to many successes in the participants lives as well as their communities. SC STRONG residents are actively participating not only in their own life changes but the improvement of the entire community. The new catering business with its fully equipped commercial catering truck is fully licensed and available for public events.
Participants of SC STRONG commit to a minimum of two years. They are selected through various means. Some come as an alternative to incarceration through the cooperation of local judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. Others come directly after being released from prison as their chosen means for reentry. In every case however, admission is voluntary. SC STRONG offers training in light construction, furniture restoration, landscaping, and culinary arts/catering. These endeavors were undertaken by SC STRONG residents with technical assistance from a variety of educational institutions, governmental agencies, and restaurants.
How to get more info on this topic?
Contact: Mr. John Glemser, Facility Director, SC STRONG 843-554-5179 –