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Connected Communities Stories: The Courage Center

The Courage Center was awarded a Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation to create a space that would help the Center’s families come together and create new, happy and healthy memories. The organization used the grant to expand its facilities, adding a full-length basketball court and picnic pavilion.

Connected Communities grants work to improve the community’s quality of life and make the Midlands more connected and engaged. The project was also funded by a one-time capital appropriation from Lexington County Council and a Missions award from Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church.

Located in Lexington, SC, The Courage Center is a nonprofit that provides a supportive and secure recovery-centered setting for adolescents and their families. The organization provides no-cost personal recovery coaching, resource navigation and peer support services for young people and their family members.

“It’s imperative to show adolescents and young adults who are misusing substances that they really can have a lot of fun without using drugs or alcohol,” said Adrienne Bellinger, The Courage Center’s executive director. “Being able to add basketball and other outdoor activities to the fun indoor activities we already have, like pool, ping pong and three different gaming systems, opens up new and exciting programming possibilities for the youth and families we serve.”

A ceremony to celebrate these new facilitates was held on September 15 at the Center’s campus. More information about The Courage Center and its mission can be found at www.CourageCenterSC.org. Eligibility requirements and additional information about CCCF’s Connected Communities grant initiative can be found here.