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.


IN 2018


  • Founder
    Eve Spratt, MD
    Medical University of South Carolina Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics


    Sydney Delanty


    Jerol Graves
    Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC


    Curt Wegner
    Dan Ryan Builders


    Susan S. Taylor

    Darlene O. Rawls, MD


    Harriet R. Ripinsky
    Retired Bookmaker


    Lindsay Moore
    Moore Medical Consulting LLC


    Lorraine O. Powers
    Retired Principal


    Mervin Jenkins
    AVID Center


    Page Bullington, MPA
    Blackbaud, Inc.

    Pamela H. Germanos
    Motley Rice LLC


    Robbie Ellison, CPA
    Moore, Beauston and Woodard


    Sallie K. Pritchard


    Suzanne Lynch
    TD Bank


    Tope Leyimu, Esq.
    Motley Rice LLC


    W. Drew Hautt

  • 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 843-953-3715.

4995 Lacross Rd. Suite 1250
North Charleston, SC 29406

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

Friday: 8:30am-1:30pm
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