Press Releases

Hope Center for Children's Ongoing Commitment to Transparency
June 29, 2017

Hope Center for Children earned the Platinum Seal, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar on June 29, 2017. This leading symbol of nonprofit transparency and accountability is presented by GuideStar, the world's largest source of nonprofit information. Read the full press release here.


Rotary Club of Spartanburg Awards Grant to HCFC
June 8, 2017

The Rotary Club of Spartanburg recently awarded a grant to Hope Center for Children's Anchor House program, a long-term residential program for girls ages 11 to 19 who are in foster care.The award will enable a trip to Charleston for the girls. In addition to visiting historical places in Charleston, Anchor House residents will spend a half-day giving back to the Charleston community through community service. Read the full press release here.


Foundation Launches New Initiative
April 7, 2017

Mary Black Foundation will partner with Hope Center for Children, Children's Trust of South Carolina, and Triple P America to build the capacity of Spartanburg County organizations to implement the Positive Parenting Program. "It takes all of us working together to ensure that our children are thriving. Hope Center is thrilled to partner with the Foundation on this Initiative," said Chamlee Loscuito, Hope Center for Children's CEO.  Read the full press release issued by Mary Black Foundation here.


Hope Center for Children's Programs Recognized as Evidence-based by NREPP
January 10, 2017

The recent publication of results from a large National Institute of Mental Health-funded research study prompted Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) to include the comprehensive model of care accredited for use by Hope Center for Children, the Teaching-Family Model (TFM), as a promising evidence-based practice. Read full press release here.


Hope Center for Children Donors Recognized by Association of Fundraising Professionals
November 17, 2016

Two local families were honored for their contributions to advancing the work of Hope Center for Children. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Piedmont Chapter hosted the annual National Philanthropy Day at Thornblade Country Club in Greer on November 17, 2016. The AFP Chapter honors nominees in two categories: Philanthropist of the Year and Volunteer of the Year. Hope Center for Children nominated one candidate for each category. Read full press release here.


Hope Center for Children Receives National Accreditation
March 28, 2016

Hope Center for Children was awarded national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA) on March 18, 2016. COA partners with human service organizations world-wide to establish best practices.  This award is the result of more than two years of preparation and performance by Hope Center for Children staff and volunteers to achieve such esteemed accreditation. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Hope Center for Children's programs, services, management, and administration. Read full press release here.


Hope Center for Children's Susan Parris and Monica Stuckey Receive Teaching-Family Association Awards
December 29, 2015

Susan Parris and Monica Stuckey were recently honored with awards at the Teaching-Family Association's 38th Annual Conference. In recognition of Susan's work as the DSS Prevention Liaison with the Empowering Families program at Hope Center for Children, she was presented with the Outstanding Contribution and Achievement in Human Services award which recognizes advocacy and support of children and their families. Read full press release here. 


Hope Center for Children Seeks Holiday Donations for Children and Families
December 9, 2015

Hope Center for Children is appealing to the public for donations to help children and families in crisis. "Children in foster care often do not associate the holidays with happiness because they are away from their families," said Chamlee Loscuito, Chief Executive Officer for Hope Center for Children. For families struggling with poverty and meeting their children's most basic needs, the holiday season is often stressful and heartbreaking. Read full press release here.

Hope Center for Children Adding More Space to Emergency Shelter for Children in Need
June 8, 2015

Hope Center for Children is responding to increased community need by adding additional bed space to their emergency shelter. According to the Department of Social Services, more than 400 children in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties entered foster care last year. The emergency shelter at Hope Center for Children, which serves these two counties, provides temporary shelter when children are removed from situations of abuse or neglect. Last year, 95 children were turned away when the shelter was at maximum capacity; to better serve these children, the organization has planned renovations to increase the maximum capacity. Read full press release here.


Walmart Awards $50,000 to Hope Center for Children

Spartanburg, S.C., March 23, 2015 – Hope Center for Children is pleased to announce that it has received a $50,000 grant from Walmart. This gift will support Hope Center for Children’s mission to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect and build stable, healthy families.“We are extremely grateful for this funding,” said Chamlee Loscuito, Chief Executive Officer of Hope Center for Children. “We thank Walmart for investing in our community and helping us offer high quality services that truly have an impact on the lives of children.”

Hope Center for Children served 1,679 children and adults last year across five programs that offer a continuum of care for children and families. These programs include: an emergency shelter for abused or neglected children from birth to the age of 18; a residential program for teen girls in foster care; a residential program for youths aged 16 to 22 who are aging out of foster care or are at risk of homelessness; and two community-based prevention programs for families with an increased risk of child abuse or neglect. Bilingual services and group education classes have been added to meet increased community needs.

“Walmart is honored to support Hope Center for Children and take a stand against child abuse and neglect in South Carolina,” said Brooke Mueller, Director of Public Affairs for Walmart. In 2013, community giving in South Carolina from Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs and the Walmart Foundation totaled $29.2 million.

About Philanthropy at Walmart:
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts that draw on the strengths of Walmart in the arenas of sustainability, economic opportunity, and community. As part of our commitment to creating a more sustainable food system worldwide, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States. They recently exceeded a $2 billion goal to fight hunger one year ahead of schedule and have donated more than 1.5 billion pounds of food to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit  



Spartanburg, S.C., November 21, 2014 – Hope Center for Children is celebrating 40 years of building stable, healthy families and providing children a safe place from abuse and neglect on November 25. Hope Center for Children was formed last year from the merger of the Children Shelter of the Upstate and the Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home, two long-standing organizations. “Historically, both organizations were founded to meet basic needs of local youth who experienced abuse or neglect, and both organizations expanded as the demand for services grew,” said Chamlee Loscuito, Chief Executive Officer of Hope Center for Children. “Since our merger last year, we have been able to eliminate duplicate services, streamline for operational efficiency, and expand our prevention programs.”

Hope Center for Children’s history began November 25, 1974, when the Spartanburg Girls’ Home was founded to offer safety and around-the-clock care for girls who had been abused, abandoned, or neglected.  It was later renamed to honor founder Ellen Hines Smith, a tireless champion for disadvantaged children in the Spartanburg area, the first female judge in Spartanburg County, and the first woman to serve on the City Council.

In 1978, the Department of Social Services began operating the Spartanburg Children Shelter, Inc. to provide emergency shelter for children who had been abused, abandoned, or neglected. The push for the shelter arose because of no appropriate emergency shelter for these children. Sometimes these child victims went to homeless shelters and sometimes they went to jails. In 2009, the name of the organization was changed to Children Shelter of the Upstate to reflect the expanded region the shelter served.

“We are celebrating our shared history and program successes today,” said Loscuito. “Our 40th birthday is not only a celebration of the past but we are busy preparing for the future by expanding our prevention programs.  We are also constantly looking at ways to improve our shelter services by using evidence based practices and seeking ways to keep siblings together even more often.”   Hope Center for Children served 2,393 children in our community last year, and families in need received more than 3,500 home visits. Recently, bilingual services and group parenting classes have been added to meet community need.

Hope Center for Children now has five programs that offer a continuum of care for children and families. Faucette House, the emergency shelter for abused or neglected children birth to age 18, operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is still the only emergency shelter for abused or neglect children in Spartanburg County. Anchor House offers longer-term residential care for girls ages 11-21 in foster care and emphasizes life skills and positive behavioral changes that help residents as they get closer to adulthood. 

Last year, Hope Center for Children added the Transitional Living Program for youths ages 16-21 who have aged out of foster care or entered homelessness for some reason. This program offers safe shelter and case management that focuses on learning independent living skills, finishing high school or starting college, and obtaining employment. 

Family Strengthening offers in-home intensive support to families dealing with extreme stress. Many of these families parent a child who has an emotional or behavioral disorder. Family Strengthening Specialists provide parent coaching, skill building, and crisis intervention. Empowering Families offers in-home assessment services that focus on case management and stabilizing families. The program connects stressed and isolated families with resources and a greater support system each year so that the risk of child abuse or neglect is decreased.  



Spartanburg, S.C., October 13, 2014 – Hope Center for Children announced today that Sandy Norris was honored recently with the Teaching-Family Distinguished Practitioner Award. The award was presented at the Teaching-Family Association’s 37th Annual Conference in recognition of Norris’ work as a Family Specialist in Hope Center for Children’s Family Strengthening program. “Sandy plays a vital role in helping families work toward reducing the possibility of child abuse or neglect,” said Hope Center for Children’s Chief Executive Officer Chamlee Loscuito. “She is very effective in guiding parents toward interventions that increase family health and child safety.”

The Teaching-Family Model is an evidence-based model proven to lead to positive behavioral changes in children and adults. Developed by the Teaching-Family Association to provide behavioral treatment in residential group settings, it has now been adapted for use in home-based settings with the goal of family preservation. The Family Strengthening program at Hope Center for Children provides in-home, intensive support, parent coaching and crisis intervention. Many families served parent children with severe emotional or behavioral disorders. Hope Center for Children, one of only two certified Teaching-Family Association agencies in South Carolina, first implemented the Teaching-Family Model in its residential programs.

“Sandy is a strong advocate for families and does a great job of teaching families how to advocate for themselves,” said Dallys Sims, Family Strengthening Supervisor. “She is great at connecting them to community resources too.” In addition to recognizing Distinguished Service Providers, the Teaching-Family Association’s Annual Conference offers training opportunities for service providers such as Norris. This year, Hope Center for Children was able to send four staff.  “Our staff members learned so much,” stated Crystal McMillan, Director of Programs. “They are excited about coming back and applying their learning for improved services to children and families,” she added.



Spartanburg, S.C., June 3, 2014 - Hope Center for Children announced today that Vernon Hayes, Director of Administration, is taking part in the Service Array Workgroup of the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care (PCSC), South Carolina's taskforce charged with reviewing Medicaid services. "We're excited that Vernon has an opportunity to serve South Carolina in this capacity," said Hope Center for Children's Chief Executive Officer Chamlee Loscuito. "Our hope is that the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care's review of Medicaid services results in services that are more accessible to children and families in need."

The PCSC has recommended a new approach based on a single funding 'bucket,' where service funds are not tied to different organizations, institutions, or government entities, using a system of care and service delivery that crosses agency lines of responsibility. Individuals who qualify for services at one organization would be covered everywhere, and all funds and claims would be processed uniformly. The proposal mimics the system already in place in Louisiana, and has a triple aim approach of improved health for those receiving the services, reduced per capita cost, and improved resiliency for youth and families.

"There are so many barriers for underprivileged children and families when it comes to getting services they need," Loscuito said. She pointed out that there is a greater cost to the community as well as to the individual child and family when needed services are not accessed; too often these children come to the attention of social services.

  "I am excited about this opportunity because it calls for collaboration across child serving agencies, both public and private," said Hayes, who was recommended for membership on this workgroup by Paula Fendley, Chief Executive Officer of the Palmetto Association of Children and Families. He has an extensive twenty-year history of involvement in the field of child welfare, with much of that time focusing on public policy issues of child and family services. He is joined on the Service Array Workgroup by other state-level officials with an interest in child welfare as well as by members of families of former recipients of service.

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