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Day of Thanks feeds homeless at Courtney Graham Center

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in News, Local News

Day of Thanks feeds homeless at Courtney Graham Center
SERVING MEALS – From left, Brock Spivey, Jordan Tanner, Bailey Tanner, Robert Taylor, Michael Gambrell and Spence Langley put food in take out containers.

Signature Wealth Strategies sponsored its 2nd Annual “Day of Thanks” the day before Thanksgiving serving lunch to the homeless in the area at the new Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Center.

“We created the Day of Thanks as a more meaningful way of being able to give back to our community and to our clients during the holiday season,” said Signature Wealth Strategies CEO Chip Munn. “Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, our staff, volunteers and others, we’re able to make a genuine difference and provide a warm Thanksgiving meal to those who might otherwise go without.”

“We deal with a lot of people who are able and want to give back to others,” he continued. “We are fortunate to have a place to do this and it is good for us to be here to serve.”

With the generous help of food distributors, Victors Restaurant, S&W Printing, CPS Lighting, The House of Hope, Coca-Cola Bottling Consolidated and Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, the team offered free meals to help the homeless in the Florence area.

The “Day of Thanks” event took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m on Wednesday, Nov. 23, at the House of Hope’s Graham Center, 535 S. Church Street.  Since opening last month, the shelter has provided overnight shelter and beds for 74 people. Of these, permanent housing has been found for 15 of them, said Wanda Vereen who serves as the case manager for the center and director of the House of Hope Women’s Shelter.

Vereen said they are seeing a new set of homeless people which makes her think the Point in Time Counts are way off.

Mitch Gowan, who serves the House of Hope as manager of the three facilities believes the increase they are seeing stems from the homeless people who were bused here from the beaches before Hurricane Matthew and now have no transportation to go back.

Brock Spivey, director of the Courtney Graham Center noted that the number of people seeking shelter has begun to rise since the weather turned cold. One evening he had to add emergency cots as numbers increased on the men’s side of the building.

He said people are discovering that the shelter is so much more than a place to spend the night. “The majority are surprised by what they find,” he commented.

The staff and volunteers are making a connection with them, building trust and helping them find assistance through other available services, he explained.

The spiritual aspect of the shelter is another big thing, he added. By addressing spiritual needs they are finding hope.

The House of Hope of the Pee Dee is a Christ-based shelter that serves the homeless men, women, and children of the Pee Dee area. House of Hope of the Pee Dee has two long-term homeless shelters; one for women and children and one for men, in addition to the Courtney Graham emergency shelter. The organization also has a Mission Mart that helps support the two shelters. More information can be found at

Signature Wealth Strategies helps families plan their financial futures with confidence by providing comprehensive strategies, customized solutions and concierge level service. The practice’s advisors have had a presence in the Florence area since 1970, moved into downtown Florence’s Waters Building in 2014 and created the independent firm, Signature Wealth Strategies, in 2016. More information on Signature’s history, staff and company story can be found online at

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