Thornwell and GHS Family YMCA Branch Help Kids in Need

Four families sign up during pop-in event

Four families signed up to be considered to become foster families during a Thornwell Foster Care event held at YMCA of Greenville’s GHS Family YMCA branch on Saturday, July 15.

“We’re blown away by the number of people who stepped forward to help children in need,” said Robert Whitney, foster care regional recruiter at Thornwell. “It was a great day for the community.”

According to the most recent Foster Care Needs Report, 418 children are in foster care in Greenville County. Plus, there are 41 fewer foster homes in Greenville County than there are foster children. The Thornwell event provided an opportunity for GHS Family YMCA members to learn about this urgent need and the process for becoming a foster parent. Thornwell hosts events like this one throughout the area. “Pop-in events, as they are called, go a long way in raising awareness for foster care,” according to Whitney.

Carol Ruppel, senior membership director at GHS Family YMCA, was equally excited about the foster care event. “We could not be prouder that four of our member families stepped up to help provide a nurturing home for children in need in our community.  They fully embody the spirit of the YMCA to serve others and to provide a safe place for children to explore and grow into healthy adults.”

“The mission of the YMCA of Greenville is for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility,” said Jeff Knox, executive director, GHS Family YMCA branch of the YMCA of Greenville.  “Thornwell’s mission to provide a complete continuum of care to fully support the child and the family, wherever they are in their journey to wholeness and healing, complements ours well.  We were glad to provide them the opportunity to share their mission with our members.”

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