Chesterfield programs address county needs

By Kerry Coffey

Collaboration between Chesterfield County Coordinating Council and Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life has brought the county major federal funding to address social service needs. To date, the county has been awarded four competitive grants, totaling nearly $850,000.

“It is very encouraging and refreshing to know that we have an organization like IFNL at Clemson that has the personnel and ability to help rural communities develop these programs,” said Ted Vick, Representative from House District 53 and Chesterfield County Coordinating Council Chairperson. “We appreciate Clemson’s help to make Chesterfield County a model for the nation.”

One initiative seeks to improve the criminal justice system. Chesterfield was chosen as one of 10 demonstration sites in the nation to prevent and reduce crime, improve coordination among justice agencies, enhance services to victims, and increase trust in the justice system. Funding is provided to the Solicitor’s office by the U.S. Bureau of Justice.

A second initiative funds an effort by the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council to establish a Drug-Free Chesterfield Coalition, comprised of community leaders, to reduce substance abuse by youth and adults. This grant is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Other initiatives include the Stop the Violence project to prevent family and intimate partner violence and the SAMHSA project to prevent substance abuse.

For more information: Clemson Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, 864-656-6271,