Through our New Day program, United Way of Kershaw County is working towards eliminating homelessness by addressing the needs of our community’s homeless population. New Day’s mission is to “Fill gaps in homeless housing and services as we identify them by working in harmony with community agencies, local, state and federal governments, churches, individuals and other ministries.”
In this program, participants receive case management to develop goals and a plan of action leading to stability. This temporary residence provides families, women with children and single men the needed opportunity to save money, obtain an education, skills training, work experience, mental health services, etc. in order for them to transition back (or for the first time) into stability. Upon completion of their time in this program, it is our vision, that our participants are ready to thrive instead of just survive.
At this time, New Day has 5 apartments for families and 4 units for single men; which has served more than 149 clients and a total of 58 households since opening in 2006. After leaving New Day, 93% of program participants moved into permanent housing and 83% improved their income status.