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Care House receives True Inspiration Award

on Tuesday, 17 January 2023. Posted in Local News

Executive Director Meg Temple, left, accepts a check for $125,000 on behalf of the Care House of the Pee Dee.

         The Care House of the Pee Dee was recently named a Chick-fil-A 2023 True Inspiration Award grant recipient in the amount of $125,000. The funds will help the nonprofit continue to serve children who have suffered abuse in Florence, Florence county and the surrounding area.

        Care House was nominated by the Chick-fil-A West Florence store. It was one of 46 nominees from across the United States and Canada in the running for the awards. Created in 2015, the True Inspiration Awards program honors the legacy of Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy by providing grants to nonprofit organization for their work in one of four categories.

      Nominated within the “Caring for People” category, CARE House of the Pee Dee is a safe place where children and families can go following reports of abuse to receive investigative and support services. In 2021, CARE House served over 700 children throughout Florence, Marion, Dillon and Clarendon counties, providing forensic interviews, medical evaluations, advocacy, evidence based therapy among other services.

        “We are beyond thrilled to have been chosen,” said Executive Director Meg Temple. “We are constantly looking to fill community needs and to bring new services to children, who are hurting. This funding is going to do amazing things.”

    The CARE House began in 2005 when local law enforcement identified a need for a more effective and efficient facility to provide forensic services to victims of maltreatment. A permanent location was found and renovations began shortly after. In October of 2006, the CARE House opened its doors.   

To date, CARE House has served more than 8,000 children in need of our services.

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