Last month, Executive Leadership from six L.Y.G.H.T. community sites gathered to discuss the successes, challenges, program sustainability, and hopes for the L.Y.G.H.T. program’s future at each of their respective sites.

Some of the successes included providing youth with a safe space to process their feelings of loss and grief and having full-time staff serving as a L.Y.G.H.T. program facilitator. All community sites expressed their appreciation for the L.Y.G.H.T. program and their commitment to program sustainability.

Thank you to Tim Duncan (Vice President, Programs & Services) at Connie Maxwell in Greenwood, SC, Beverly Hardin (Executive Director) and Susan Strader (Director of Clinical Services) at Carolina Youth Development Center in Charleston, SC, Beth Williams (Chief Executive Officer) and Rev. John Holler (President Emeritus) at Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia, SC, Emily Parrish (Executive Director) at Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill, SC, Cheryl O’Donnell (Executive Director) at Florence Crittenton in Charleston, SC and Katie Brophy (Senior Director of Clinical Services) at Thornwell in Clinton, SC for sharing their experiences about the impact of L.Y.G.H.T. at their community sites and working together to help us expand our L.Y.G.H.T. network across the state of South Carolina.

The consensus among Executive Leadership is that L.Y.G.H.T. is a fundamental program for service delivery at each community site and has made a significant impact on the well-being of youth in foster care who are grieving.