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Published on October 13th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Experienced child advocate to lead Family Promise of the Midlands

COLUMBIA – Kathleen McLean-Titus, who has an extensive background as a senior coordinator for foster care programs and other children’s services, will be the first executive director of Family Promise of the Midlands.  Later this fall, the organization will begin providing housing for homeless families utilizing space in 13 Midlands churches.

McLean-Titus says this will be the latest chapter in a career devoted to making a difference in the lives of children and their families. “Strong relationships between the public and private sectors allow us to build on the assets of both as we guide families toward long-term, sustainable housing situations,” she said.

McLean-Titus has overseen major child welfare programs for the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Previously, she was a program coordinator and lead case manager for the Lexington County Department of Social Services.   She is a member of the Midlands Coalition for Homeless Youth and has served as a board member of the National Association of State Foster Care Managers.

“Kathleen’s broad range of experiences and passion for our mission make her the ideal choice to lead Family Promise of the Midlands,” said board chair Jill Duffield, associate pastor of Shandon Presbyterian Church.

Family Promise of the Midlands will begin serving homeless families in November.  Thirteen local congregations have committed to host homeless families, renovations have begun on a day center and through a September crowdfunding initiative, the organization raised $50,000 in less than three weeks to insure operating expenses for the first year.

“Our new director gets to build on a firm foundation with broad community support,” said the Rev. Duffield.

Under the Family Promise program, homeless families (up to 14 people) spend one week a quarter at each participating house of worship.   Participating Midlands churches include:  Ashland United Methodist, Bethel United Methodist, Ebenezer Lutheran, Eastminster Presbyterian, Forest Lake Presbyterian, Northminster Presbyterian, Redeemer Lutheran, Seven Oaks Presbyterian, Shandon Presbyterian, St. John’s Episcopal, St. Mary’s Episcopal, Trenholm Road United Methodist and Trinity Presbyterian.

About Family Promise of the Midlands

Family Promise of the Midlands (www.familypromisemidlands.org) is a local affiliate of the national Family Promise organization (www.familypromise.org), which began in 1986. Today, 182 affiliates in 42 states with more than 160,000 volunteers help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence. Affiliates are nonsectarian; all clients are welcomed, and volunteers represent nearly every faith in the United States. Since its founding, Family Promise has served tens of thousands of homeless families. Most clients are children. Nearly 80 percent of the participating families achieve the goal of permanent, sustainable housing.

 

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