History of the Center for Community Services
Helping Southern Greenville County Since 1997
In 1992, a United Way budget panel asked the Community Planning Council to conduct a study of services available in the cities of Fountain Inn, Mauldin, and Simpsonville. The council found some families traveling into Greenville city or even as far as Laurens to obtain badly needed basic services, while many other individuals and families were simply going without.
Often, many services are needed to help a family get back on their feet, leading to transportation issues and difficulty accessing services. The study recommended a multi-service center be developed and located in the Golden Strip area, making health and human service accessible to a wide range of people within southern Greenville County. A list of agencies willing to participate was assembled, and services were further developed to interact together to address the needs of families in this area.
It took community volunteers working for several years to turn this recommendation into a reality. In 1997, they realized their goal and opened up the 4-building "Golden Strip Human Resource Center."
Since 1997, we've undergone many changes. We've been renamed to the Center for Community Services (CCS) and occupy the entirety of the former Bryson Elementary School. Through our own services, as well as those of our partner agencies located on the campus, we provide opportunities for people to improve their lives through access to health care, emergency assistance, parenting activities, adult education, Headstart programs, and more. CCS' design and operation allows families access to the services they need without having to travel to multiple locations.
The need for health and human services is greater than ever. Each year we serve more people and add new services in order to meet changing community needs. One of our most popular additions, Café Cultura, has allowed us to help the Hispanic and Latino community here in Greenville in ways that our original volunteers in 1997 only dreamed of.
If you're looking for help with human services or access to medical care, emergency assistance, WIC, Headstart, or other community services, give us a call at (864) 967-2022 or contact us online today. We'd be happy to speak with you about your family's needs and what we can do to give you the help you need to succeed.