Poverty touches a large portion of Americans over their lifetime. More often, poverty comes as a consequence of life's unremarkable tragedies- illness, job loss, divorce, or disability- that can destroy a family's ability to support itself. Regardless of the cause, most families struggle against their predicament.
SHARE is in the trenches serving as the first line of defense for families who have faced life's unfortunate circumstances here in upstate South Carolina. By creating opportunities such as job training, employment, and education, SHARE provides skills to those who are in need. Additionally, SHARE makes available an avenue for them to become productive while simultaneously benefiting the entire community. With an emphasis of benefiting the entire community, and with the guiding principle of "Helping People Change Lives," SHARE constantly works to increase its capacity to achieve results, which may be measured by the number of lives we affect for the better. Moreover, SHARE thrusts itself into the upstate community to improve the quality of life for all who reside in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens Counties.
In the pursuit of excellence, SHARE's fiscal operations are managed and, maintained to the highest standards of accountability, complying with laws, regulations and provisions of the agency's various funding sources. Total expenditures not only benefit the target population but are also returned to the local economy in terms of goods and services purchased, jobs generated, and taxes paid. Since such funding is considered to turn over at least three times in the community, SHARE is responsible for generating in excess of $60 million annually.
The great support of the SHARE Board and Staff in partnership with numerous public officials, private organizations, and individuals of goodwill is very much appreciated, needed and encouraged to help low-income communities achieve a greater capacity for self-determination. SHARE is very grateful for all who join us in "fighting poverty to enhance economic development."
Willis H. Crosby, Jr., Ed.D., CCAM