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Lighthouse gets Wells Fargo grant

on Tuesday, 14 June 2016. Posted in News, Local News

Lighthouse gets Wells Fargo grant
LIGHTHOUSE MINISTRIES executive director Cecilia Meggs poses with check for $8,000 from Wells Fargo & Company, Jack Marchette and Susan Bankson are on right.

Lighthouse Ministries has received an $8,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Company to support the organization’s Working Mothers Education and Support Program, a six-month comprehensive program designed for low-income women with a child between the ages of 0-5.

The program includes an eight-week parenting class facilitated by a volunteer with a master’s degree in social work who teaches effective parenting. The non-profit organization also provides mothers with money management sessions and diapers, wipes, ointment and laundry detergent.

“We want to prevent a situation where a mother would abuse their child, and this program equips them with ways to manage stressful conditions so they and their children live healthy lives,” said Lighthouse Ministries CEO Cecilia Meggs. “Wells Fargo’s gift has really helped grow and strengthen this program, and we are eternally grateful.” Since 2006, the organization has enrolled more than 300 mothers in Florence County and has expanded its services to include meals and provide childcare for mothers attending the classes.

“Wells Fargo is pleased to continue its support of Lighthouse Ministries in leading efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect in our community,” said Pee Dee Market President Jack Marchette. “Every child deserves a quality life, and every mother deserves the tools and guidance needed to provide the best care for their children.

The approach of the Working Mothers Education and Support Program directly aligns with Wells Fargo’s vision and values.” In addition to the $8,000 grant, Wells Fargo donated dozens of books from the Wells Fargo Reading First program, an interactive read-aloud program designed to support early childhood literacy and increase company volunteerism.

“The books are a great addition for the children while their mothers are learning to raise them in a healthy environment,” said South Carolina Community Affairs Officer Susan Bankson, who also serves as chair of the Working Mothers Education and Support Program Advisory Committee. “We are thrilled to support them in any way we can because our goal is to help build strong and vibrant communities, improve the quality of life and make a positive difference for everyone.

” Lighthouse Ministries is a faith-based non-profit social service agency that assists Florence County residents with their basic needs when they find themselves in financial crisis. For more information about Lighthouse Ministries or to become involved, please visit our website at

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