Epworth Children’s Home to open Lowcountry hub in Summerville

Epworth Children’s Home, a Columbia-based organization serving children, youth, and families through foster care services, is expanding to Summerville. The 120-year-old home on Aug. 29 will celebrate the grand opening of Epworth’s Low Country Hub, the first satellite center for family engagement.

Community members are invited to the grand opening celebration from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m Aug. 29 at 303 Central Avenue. Bethany United Methodist Church provided a cottage on their campus for Epworth to use as an administrative office. Two Epworth staff members will utilize the space to recruit local foster parents and license foster homes.

“This (Lowcountry) area was identified as having the biggest need in the state,” said McBee Zimmerman, Director of Foster Care and Adoptions. “Epworth is looking to go statewide, but this is the first outpost.”

According to McBee, the Department of Social Services identified the Lowcountry as currently lacking foster care homes- the area is short 250 homes and as a result, children have been sent out of the region to other foster homes in the state.

Learn more at epworthchildrenshome.org