Spartanburg summit looks for housing solutions

By Samantha Swann https://youtu.be/f9xPe6aNd_o   Community leaders, business people, developers and other residents gathered at Converse College Thursday morning to discuss the reality of, problems with, and solutions to Spartanburg’s current housing climate. Spartanburg City Manager Chris Story kicked off the 2019 Spartanburg Housing Summit with a presentation on the state of housing in [...]

2019-06-03T11:01:44+00:00

Spartanburg’s children need more foster families

By Adam Orr Staff Writer  County seeking additional families able to help Looking down at a content baby girl with a full belly, Jason Reardon knew he had a decision to make. Eight years ago, Reardon and his wife Mary committed to serving as foster parents for children just like the one-month-old girl who was staring [...]

2019-05-20T14:34:29+00:00

Housing summit planned to address Spartanburg needs

By:  Nickelle Smith SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) - Spartanburg County leaders are trying to tackle problems with housing. The United Way of the Piedmont is hosting a housing summit to educate the community. The non-profit says half of the renters in spartanburg county are what they call "cost-burdened." They say those people are spending about a third [...]

2019-05-20T14:31:49+00:00

Local high school students graduate from United Way Youth Philanthropy Board

United Way of the Piedmont is excited to announce the newest graduates of its Youth Philanthropy Board program. Fourteen high school juniors and seniors along with their friends and families attended the Youth Philanthropy Board graduation on Wednesday, May 8th. United Way’s Youth Philanthropy Board is comprised of Spartanburg County high school juniors and seniors [...]

2019-05-17T17:26:52+00:00

New day shelter to help homeless in Spartanburg

By: Nickelle Smith Posted: May 06, 2019 11:40 PM EDT Updated: May 06, 2019 11:41 PM EDT SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) - Spartanburg's homeless will soon have access to a new day shelter called the Spartanburg Opportunity Center. It’s the result of work by the Spartanburg Homeless Task Force, which includes United Way of the Piedmont, Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network [...]

2019-05-17T18:02:58+00:00

New day shelter for Spartanburg’s homeless unveiled at Northwest Community Center

By Samantha Swann  Posted May 1, 2019 at 6:17 PM Updated May 1, 2019 at 6:17 PM https://youtu.be/tNWKNfGkAwc The city of Spartanburg, United Way of the Piedmont, Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network (SPIHN) and Catholic Charities of South Carolina unveiled the latest effort to help address homelessness within the city Wednesday — a new day center. The day center pilot program, which will offer a variety [...]

2019-05-17T18:22:32+00:00

Spartanburg Young Professionals, Young Leaders donate over $12K to EMERGE mental health program

SPARTANBURG, SC – April 2, 2019 – Spartanburg Young Professionals (SYP) and United Way of the Piedmont Young Leaders (YL) unveil a $12,170 contribution to EMERGE Family Therapy Center & Teaching Clinic in support of the organization’s Mental Wellness Resources Group. The Gala improves the quality of life for Spartanburg’s young professionals by offering a [...]

2019-04-10T08:43:12+00:00

Highland Neighborhood transformation plan moves forward

By Nickelle Smith Staff Writer Originally published by WSPA 7 News.  See original story here.  SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) - Plans are underway to transform the Highland Neighborhood in Spartanburg. “I moved to Highland when I was 10,” United Way of the Piedmont Highland Outreach Advocate Wilma Moore said. “My mom still lives in our family home up on [...]

2019-03-27T16:43:06+00:00

Spartanburg leaders reflect on Texas visit

By Nickelle Smith Staff Writer Originally published by WSPA 7 News.  See original story here.  SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - Spartanburg leaders are sharing what they learned from a visit to Texas. More than 30 people including council members made the trek to Fort Worth last week. City and county leaders say was one of the big takeaways [...]

2019-03-27T15:50:56+00:00