Thornwell Building Families Program
The Thornwell Building Families program is a community-based, intensive in-home intervention program designed to address the needs of families in crisis. The program provides services that build upon the existing strengths of families in order to reduce the stressors interfering with healthy family functioning. The goal is to equip families with the skills necessary to address the issues threatening family stability, keep children safe, reduce or eliminate the need for out of home placement of the children, and keep families together. St. Giles hosts office space for a Building Families Specialist on our campus.
Meet Lauren Smith, Building Families Specialist
Lauren Smith is joining the ministry as the newest Family Specialist that will serve the Greenville area through Thornwell’s partnership with St. Giles Presbyterian Church. Lauren was born in Anderson, SC but raised in Atlanta, GA. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from USC Upstate and went on to complete her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Converse College. Lauren has worked with Greenville County School District and Greenville Juvenile Detention Center. She has experience providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and families, in home and school settings, struggling with substance abuse, trauma, grief, as well as client’s diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, Depression, and Anxiety. Lauren is passionate about children and adolescents as well as strengthening family dynamics. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys traveling to Asheville, spending time with friends, and eating at Chick-fil-a.
Could someone you know benefit from the Building Families program?
The Building Families program is here to help families and referred youth who are at risk as a result of family conflict, lack of parenting skills, child abuse and/or neglect, childhood emotional issues, disruptive behavioral problems and other at-risk situations that youth and families face. If eligible, Lauren meets with the family to identify goals and develop a plan to meet those goals.
Contact Lauren Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 864-386-4668 for more info.