Every day, children across South Carolina suffer from abuse and neglect. In 2010, over 12,000 children were victims of abuse and neglect. In addition, over 55,000 of South Carolina's children live in the full-time care of grandparents and other relatives so that they will not have to enter the foster care system.
At HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support), we provide assistance to abused and neglected children in Charleston County and to their caregivers. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, we help to improve the lives of these children.
Eve Spratt, MD
Medical University of South Carolina Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Pamela H. Germanos
Motley Rice, LLC
Susan S. Taylor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Robbie Ellison, CPA
Moore, Beauston and Woodham
William A. “Drew” Hautt
Tope Leyimu, Esq.
Motley Rice LLC
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA
Lorraine O. Powers
Sallie K. Pritchard
Darlene O. Rawls, MD
In 1997, child psychiatrist and pediatrician Dr. Eve Spratt founded HALOS. At the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Spratt saw firsthand the severe lack of resources for young victims of abuse or neglect in Charleston County and wanted to improve the conditions for these children and their caregivers.
So she organized a meeting of the Department of Social Services case workers, business leaders, religious leaders, and politicians, and the group discussed the gaps in resources for children in the care of Social Services. Caseworkers told local leaders what they needed most, and soon the donations started to flow.
As a direct result of that meeting, HALOS was born. As an independent entity, HALOS works alongside the Department of Social Services to collect donations from the community to improve the lives of children who are often headed down a dark, painful path.
The HALOS program in the Charleston area has been so successful that in 2004, we received a major grant from the Office for Victims of Crime to duplicate the program in three other locations. Through the grant, we have been able to provide technical support and seed funding for programs to support abused and neglected children in Lancaster County, S.C., Dillon County, S.C., and Greene County, Mo.
And in 2006, the Henry and Sylvia Yashik Foundation provided a grant for HALOS to collaborate with the Harmony Project, a nonprofit that advocates sustainable building and real estate development. Working to maximize available resources, the partnership has blossomed into a smashing success with almost $40,000 of critical items delivered to struggling families in Charleston County during the first year of the collaboration.
To date, HALOS has partnered with more than 40 religious communities, civic groups, businesses, and clubs, as well as many individuals. These HALOS partners comprise the critical network of volunteers who donate and spread the word about abused and neglected children and their families.
Our job will never be completed, but with your donations, we will help as many children as possible.
Donate today to help give these children a better tomorrow. For information about how to donate, contact HALOS at 843-990-9570.
Born in Long Beach, California, Mary spent much of her childhood and adolescent years traveling the United States. Mary attended Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC where she majored in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. It was during her undergraduate years when she discovered her passion for assisting others in their efforts to overcome adversity. She then went on to earn a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina, where she specialized in Health and Mental Health. Mary understands the importance of a healthy family dynamic and will work diligently to ensure that every HALOS family is successful.
Dallyn spent most of his early life in Utah, but has lived and worked across the country from Alaska to New York City. He completed his education at Coker College in Hartsville SC, and discovered his passion for strengthening and empowering families while working at the YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter in Salt Lake City, Utah. He went on to work in advocacy and education for United Way Association of South Carolina and Palmetto Association for Children and Families and is excited to now be serving the community with HALOS!
Liz was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, and made the journey to South Carolina to attend Clemson University for her undergraduate studies in Psychology. Her subsequent move to Charleston led her to work with the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she served in several different roles over 9 years. During that time, she completed her Masters of Social work through the University of South Carolina, worked with individuals and families impacted by addiction, and was involved in clinical research to explore interventions for anxiety and mood disorders in both adults and adolescents. Liz is thrilled to join the HALOS team and begin working to serve kinship families.
Born and raised in Charleston, SC. She received her degree from Claflin University in Mass Communications. NyRe has over 10 years of non-profit experience and service. Her intense background includes recruitment, retention and volunteer management. NyRe brings her creative mindset and her desire to help underprivileged Lowcountry youth to HALOS.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sam relocated to the Charleston area after earning his degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His prior service experience includes legislative assistance at the Wisconsin State Capitol, serving as an Americorps*VISTA member for Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee, and working as an English and math teacher at the Center for Working Families in Quito, Ecuador.
Originally from Savannah, Ga., and a graduate of the College of Charleston, Kim brings a wealth of successful nonprofit experience to the HALOS team. She received a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University with a concentration in program planning and development, community organizing, and nonprofit administration. Her prior experience includes serving as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member on Whidbey Island, Wash., the Director of Development for a community center in inner-city Boston, and Fundraising Specialist in Guatemala.