Silent Tears on Wednesday announced a third round of grants totaling more than $1.1 million to organizations statewide that assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse, with a goal of an additional $1 million to be granted by year-end.
Six years ago, Silent Tears formed to systematically address the complex issues associated with child sexual abuse – considering best practices, the fragmented support system for victims, the culture and politics of South Carolina, and a lack of attention on the issue.
In April, Silent Tears announced a $5 million gift from the Castellani family of Greer. The commitment is funding a second phase of support for organizations that promote an end to child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence across South Carolina. This funding includes the 17 Children’s Advocacy Centers of S.C., 15 rape crisis centers, 12 domestic violence centers and 2 facilities for children impacted by maltreatment. With this third round of grants, more than $2.4 million has been gifted to-date.
“While these grants serve as significant aid to our communities’ centers, they are still small in comparison to the need, especially in the under-served and rural parts of our state,” Silent Tears director of philanthropy Kelly Nichols said. “These gifts are intended to ignite awareness and accountability of the issues in our communities, and there should be no stereotype of who should help due to an underlying stigma.”

Beyond Abuse received 63,000. Thank you, Silent Tears!

Beyond Abuse Received Grant Funding from Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF)

Beyond Abuse recently received Open Granting funding from the Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) for new computers, software, printers, and a Voicestation. These items will support staff in their direct services to children and adults who are victims of physical and sexual assault.

Beyond Abuse seeks to “lead the community beyond sexual violence and child abuse through awareness, advocacy, and action”. From left, front row are: Jeff Smith, GCCF President; Tonya Harris, Beyond Abuse Executive Director; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF Director of Grants and Projects; and Lisa Tolbert, BA Board Chair. Back row: Trentsie Williams, GCCF Board Member; and Beyond Abuse Board Members Wilson Bruce, David Harrison, Leslie Myers, Barry Putnam, and Evelyn Glenn.

Recent Happenings with Girls Club

Beyond Abuse received a grant from Greenwood Women Care to work with District 50 to provide cultural experiences for a group of select fifth grade girls! Claire Wieters, Prevention Specialist, meets with the girls weekly and discusses topics such as self-esteem, body care, respect, future goals, and leadership skills. Once a month, they go out into the community to different places for social engagements in hopes of broadening cultural understanding.

In October, the girls enjoyed Mexican food at La Hacienda. The helpful waitstaff went above and beyond and taught the girls a few Spanish words and shared some historical facts of Mexico. Many of the girls had never eaten at La Hacienda before; they were really excited and enjoyed their tacos!

In November, the girls went to volunteer at the Humane Society of Greenwood. The Humane Society tasked the Girls Club with making cat toys to help in their bonding room when a cat is adopted. Overall, the girls made over 30 handmade toys. The girls toured the facility and met with a friendly staff member who gave us information about the pet population in Greenwood County. This was a very eyeopening experience for the girls. They learned that volunteering is giving back to the community.

This month, the girls went to the Greenwood Community Theater to see the play, Madeline, and had lunch at Chick-Fil-A. As Madeline is set in Paris, they were able to learn some French words, as well as learn a bit about French culture. Attending the play was a culturally enriching experience for the girls, as many had never been to the theater or seen a play before.

Beyond Abuse wins again at Greenwood YMCA’s Fall Festival

“You’re a wizard, Harry!”…

For the third year in a row, Beyond Abuse earned the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the Greenwood Family YMCA‘s Annual Fall Festival. Beyond Abuse staff members participated in the YMCA’s annual fall festival as part of their awareness and outreach efforts. Shout out to our incredible team and their creative minds and talents!

American Legion Post 20 Donation

Our friends at American Legion Post 20 made another generous donation in addition to their consistent donation of supplies. We are so thankful to this great group of veterans for their continued support!

Home for the Holidays Fashion Show

“You can have anything in life if you dress for it” – Edith Head?

We are delighted to invite you to our first Home for the Holidays fashion show and luncheon in support of Beyond Abuse. This fun event will include lunch, cash-mimosa bar, and silent auction of great holiday gifts.

A special recognition to the following Uptown boutiques who will be participating in the fashion show: Sugar, Elam Jayne, Voila, Jade’s Boutique, Mary Frances Limited, and Cabi. Tickets are sold individually or by tables.

Prices are $30 a ticket or $240 for a table of 8. Tickets are selling fast and you don’t want to miss this fun event! Please call (864) 227-1623 for more information or to purchase! Thanks!

Warm and Cozy Basket

We know that it’s still 90 degrees outside but if you love Pumpkin Spice Lattes, bonfires, football games, sweaters, crunchy leaves, warm blankets, and everything Fall, then this basket is perfect for you! ?☕️???

Our “Warm and Cozy” basket, sponsored by Lisa Tolbert, is the ideal basket for a chilly date-night in or some self-pampering.

Our local businesses and boutiques have teamed up to make this fashion show and luncheon a showstopper. Don’t miss out, get your tickets today! For ticket purchases and information, please call our office at (864) 227-1623.

Project BEST graduates!

Chesnee Martin and Jacqui Mueller are now rostered in Project BEST. Project BEST is an 8-month learning collaborative including live learning sessions, consultation calls, a test cases that trains clinicians how to use TFCBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) with fidelity and success. This is a huge accomplishment for both of them. We are very proud of Chesnee and Jacqui for their hard work and dedication to working with traumatized youth.

Greenwood Municipal Federal Credit Union Donates to Beyond Abuse

Our wonderful friends at the Greenwood Municipal Federal Credit Union made another generous gift to the agency.

Each year GMFCU does a “skip-a-payment” program through the months of November, December, and January. This program gives their members the opportunity to skip one of their monthly loan payments. The funds collected through these months are split into different categories for donations to charities selected by the Board of Directors.

Pictured below are Samantha Byrd with GMFCU, Cathy Miller and Alison Romagnoli with Beyond Abuse and Vickie Hastings with GMFCU.

Pinwheels for Prevention

If you heard lots of cowbells yesterday, no need to be alarmed – it was our new Pinwheels for Prevention awareness event!

Thank you to our Board of Directors and staff for volunteering along with members of Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs. This successful event will become an annual function as we continue to raise support for combating sexual violence in our community!