TD Charitable Foundation Awards $15,000 To Halos For Kinship Care Program

HALOS, a Charleston-based nonprofit organization, recently received a grant of $15,000 from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, to provide services and support to kinship families.  Kinship families occur when a relative, usually a grandparent, steps in to care for children full-time, in the absence of their parents, so that they will not have to enter foster care.  The grant from the TD Charitable Foundation will ensure that this important work can continue. 

The HALOS Kinship Care Program was developed in 2008 to support grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren in the absence of their parents through twice monthly mutual support groups, referrals for services and educational and respite opportunities. The first of its kind in South Carolina, the program now serves more than 200 adults and 400 children annually.

HALOS works in close partnership with the local Department of Social Services.  While more children are placed with relatives rather than foster care, there are very few resources to help them with the obstacles they face.  

For more information about the Kinship Care Program, or how you can help, contact HALOS at 843-953-3715.

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HALOS is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with local businesses and faith-based organizations. Founded in 1997 by Dr. Eve Spratt, a child psychiatrist and pediatrician at MUSC, HALOS helps over 2,000 children annually. HALOS is the recipient of the 2011 Erin Hardwick Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management from the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations. The HALOS vision is a community in which children and families are safe, healthy, and productive. For more information about HALOS, visit www.charlestonhalos.org.

About the TD Charitable Foundation 
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates as TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, and is one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operates, having made $105.4 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The Foundation’s areas of focus are affordable housing, financial literacy and education, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.

About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank® 
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing nearly 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,300 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD.” To learn more, visit www.td.com

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HALOS 2011 FACT SHEET

Description: HALOS (Helping and Lending Outreach Support) is a nonprofit organization that helps over 2,000 children annually. HALOS is the recipient of the 2011 Erin Hardwick Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management from the South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

Mission: The HALOS mission is to provide resources and special opportunities to abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations.  The HALOS vision is a community in which children and families are safe, healthy, and productive.

History: Founded in 1997 by Dr. Eve Spratt, a child psychiatrist and pediatrician at MUSC.

Kinship Care: In 2008, HALOS developed a program to support grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren in the absence of their parents through twice-monthly mutual support groups, referrals for services, educational and respite opportunities and home visits.  Since its inception, the program has served over 224 adults and more than 500 children, and is recognized as a model program by the South Carolina State Department of Social Services.

4995 Lacross Rd. Suite 1250
North Charleston, SC 29406

Phone: 843-990-9570
Fax: 843-410-1848

Monday – Thurs, 8AM to 5PM
Friday, 8AM – 1PM
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