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Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families
Thornwell’s Family Support Program

Do you ever wish your family could listen more and yell less? Thornwell’s Strengthening Families program can help!

Our free fourteen-week program is designed to help families strengthen their bond through education, enrichment, and community. Strengthening Families seeks to prevent family crises before they happen or assist in the healing process of families that have endured difficult situations. The program is open to all Laurens County (SC) families.

The program serves parents hoping to improve their parenting skills, children with problem behaviors or social struggles, and families that have experienced divorce, job loss, death, or other difficult circumstances.

Families with children ages 6 to 11 gather once a week on Thornwell’s campus to share a complimentary meal together. During the program, adults and children meet in separate groups to learn at their own pace and style. At the end of the session, families reunite to practice and solidify their learning through group activities. Each night, families receive fun and practical take-home gifts!

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Parenting does not come with an instruction manual, but we can help.

Many times, we have used parenting skills passed down from our parents, only to discover not all of them work.

This was the case for Glenda Bailey, a grandmother raising her 10-year-old grandson. They recently graduated from Thornwell’s Strengthening Families program with a toolbox of tried-and-true solutions to help with problem behaviors, social struggles, and navigating difficult circumstances. Today, she says the lessons they learned, the connections they made with other families, and the support of program leaders have changed their lives.

“I just enjoyed it so much, so much love and teachers they were so patient, and they were so respectful, and they were so encouraging. It is hard to try and find people to encourage you in life,” she said. “Sometimes you feel all by yourself, not knowing that there are people that love you and they care about you. It truly blessed my soul.”

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Testimonials

“I’m just looking around the table and all of these people who are here to help my son, and me, and I feel like I’m not alone anymore.”

A.R.C. Residential Program Parent

“There was no judgment at all. It can be very intimidating to let someone in your house to see all of your flaws. She [family specialist] loved us for who we are. She met us where we were.”

Building Families Participant, Atlanta, GA

“As a mom, I feel so much more confident because I’ve had somebody in the trenches with me… alongside me.”

Building Families Participant, Greenville, SC

“I just enjoyed it so much. There was so much love, and the teachers were so patient, so respectful, and so encouraging. It is hard to try and find people to encourage you in life. Sometimes you feel all by yourself, not knowing that there are people that love you and care about you. Strengthening Families truly blessed my soul.”

Glenda, Strengthening Families Graduate

“I had support in people I knew who cared about me and that just gave me an extra boost of motivation. It was just the motivation and the people caring.  I think that’s what really set it off.”

Tanisha, a Thornwell Alumna
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