Neighbors: Stories of Fountain Inn leaves no families outside

By Kerry Coffey

Neighbors: Stories of Fountain Inn book coverMore than 3,500 households in Fountain Inn are reading copies of Neighbors: Stories of Fountain Inn after a free book distribution March 30 – April 1, 2007 by volunteers with Strong Communities for Children, an initiative of Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life.

The stories range from reflections of a resident who has lived in the community for almost 90 years to the story of a local doctor and his wife who were prompted to start a mission house for families after an encounter with one homeless man. Chris Benson of Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute edited the book.

“This book empowers the people of Fountain Inn to tell their own stories in their own words, and they see their hometown in a new light,” said Clemson President James Barker. “They are now energized and working together to make their community even stronger.”

“Leaving No Families Outside” is the Strong Communities theme for Child Abuse Prevention Month 2007. The initiative’s goal is to encourage all members of the community to embrace families with young children.

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