Pee Dee Coalition was organized in 1986 and has expanded into seven Pee Dee counties including Florence, Darlington, Marion, Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, and Williamsburg. Satellite Centers are located in each of these counties where services are available 24 hours a day.
Project One: New Beginnings Transitional Shelter, 3615 Hickson Road, Wallace, S.C. in Marlboro County: $20,000
Marlboro County School District donated two mobile units to be placed on the shelter property, providing office space for the entire staff while freeing space in the shelter to transition into additional bedrooms. With this expansion comes the need to add an additional freezer and refrigerator.
Project Two: Williamsburg County Satellite Crisis Center, #2 Courthouse Square, Kingstree, S.C. in Williamsburg County: $50,000
With a grant from the Stephen A. and Ruth B. Greenberg Endowment, Pee Dee Coalition is able to purchase the historic property located at #2 Courthouse Square. For years, the Williamsburg County Satellite Crisis Center operated in the Kingstree Town Hall, but the city’s expansion caused the organization’s need to relocate three years ago. The center was temporarily housed in the DSS building, but when DSS relocated, the organization had to find its own space.
Then, Williamsburg County experienced two 100-year floods, which caused significant damage throughout the county and had a sizeable impact on the community’s ability to respond to the Coalition’s needs. That said, the staff has been utilizing donated space in Lake City, some 15 miles away. Williamsburg County is the region’s largest county geographically, covering 934 square miles.
Project 1: New Beginnings Transitional Shelter
Project 2: Williamsburg County Satellite Crisis Center
On October 30, 2019, Silent Tears awarded an additional $300,000 for the organization’s needs during a third round of grants – $150,000 towards the Sumter satellite office (CAC) and $150,000 towards the Williamsburg County satellite crisis center.