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10/22/2013 7:58:00 AM
Community Cafe looks at problems facing hispanic children

The Pee Dee Kiwanis Club and the Carolinas Cross Cultural Health Services, in partnership with the Children’s Trust Fund of South Carolina, sponsored a Community Cafe of the Pee Dee on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The purpose was to provide a forum for various agencies that provide children’s services to come together, learn what each are doing and find ways to work together. The focus was on serving the needs of young Hispanic children. Over 20 people representing schools, DSS, PASOs, Francis Marion, Division of Children’s Services at DHEC, HopeHealth, and other grassroots organizations attended. Megan Branham, policy and government liaison, and Amy Nienhuis, director of programs, for the Children’s Trust Fund of SC, facilitated the event. The latest children’s data from the 2013 Kid’s Count for Florence and the surrounding Pee Dee counties was presented with an emphasis on young Hispanic children. In Branham’s presentation, she noted the South Carolina is 45th nationwide for child well-being due to poverty. 2011 statistics report that 28 percent of children in our state lived in poverty. The national average was 23 percent. The hispanic population is growing in South Carolina, she noted, increasing from 195,654 in 2008, to  around 249,712 in 2012. Community Cafe, based on the World Cafe Model, is a dynamic way to engage leaders to create solutions to strengthen families.  Following the formal presentation of the 2013 Kid’s Count data, participants formed small “conversation clusters” of three to four people to discuss needs and services. The Cafe format fosters collaborative dialog, active engagement, and an opportunity to construct possibilities for action. The Community Cafe was held from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. at the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library Meeting Room. A box lunch was served to the participants. Jim Allen. chairman of the board of the newly formed Carolinas Cross Cultural Health Services, said his group is a Christian non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote advocacy and support to first generation immigrants.

Galloway Mosley
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