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Pro Bono Week: South Carolina’s C.A.R.E. Program

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

As part of Pro Bono Week, the Court is highlighting the different bankruptcy-related public service programs sponsored by the Court. Today, the Court would like to recognize the South Carolina Credit Abuse Resistance Education (C.A.R.E.) Program. 

The C.A.R.E. Program is a financial literacy education program for students and young adults taught by volunteer attorneys at schools, conferences, churches and other community centers. Volunteer attorneys conduct a one-hour presentation on the use of credit and its related consequences as well as the advantages of budgeting and creating savings. Prior to giving a presentation, volunteer attorneys are provided interactive presentation materials and training. 

In the past year, the C.A.R.E. Program has provided 23 presentations at several locations, including the Citadel, University of South Carolina-Columbia, University of South Carolina-Sumter, Trident Technical College, Dreher High School, James Island High School, Eau Claire High School, Bluffton High School, Edisto High School, Daniel Jenkins Academy, Homeless No More, the South Carolina Financial Forum, and the Columbia Black Expo on Economic Empowerment. 

Special recognition goes to the C.A.R.E. Program’s chairs, Janet Haigler and Pamela Simmons-Beasley, for their tireless efforts, as well as those presenters who have dedicated their time and efforts to present this year, often in teams, including: 

Janet Haigler 
Pamela Simmons-Beasley 
Marilyn Gartley 
Jane Downey 
Eddye Lane 
Sean Markham 
Lauren Schumann 
Wendi Freeman 
Daniel Stone 
Ann Bell 
Lauren Clark 
Robert Kerr 
Jake Barker 
Suzanne Campbell Chisholm 
Kyle Brannon 
Cecelia Donato 
Bill McCarthy 
Rick Mendoza 
D.J. Reynolds 
Harrison Penn 

If you are interested in assisting the S.C. C.A.R.E. Program, please visit or contact Janet Haigler ( or Pamela Simmons-Beasley (