The mission of Hope Center for Children (HCFC) is to build stable, healthy families and to provide children a safe place from abuse and neglect. HCFC is the result of a 2013 merger between two organizations with histories of providing residential care for children in foster care, The Ellen Hines Smith Girls’ Home and the Children’s Shelter of the Upstate. These two strong organizations merged to form Hope Center for Children, resulting in a pooling of resources to provide a wider continuum of services for children and families in Spartanburg and the surrounding areas. This name captures the heart of each program: providing hope to children and families. Since the merger, HCFC has continued to expand services, and today six cohesive programs fulfill the mission. All six programs use evidence-based and/or evidence-informed models, yielding outstanding annual outcomes.  

Our Staff

Vernon Hayes

Chief Executive Officer

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Susan Burgess

Chief Financial Officer

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Constance Keener

Director of Programs

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Andrea Payment

Andrea Payment

Director of Development

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Michael Brown

Facilities and Safety Supervisor
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Michaela Cox

Director of Clinical Support Services
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Madison Grice

Faucette House Child Advocate
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Brandi Hamrick

Communications Coordinator
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Melissa Keith

Anchor House Supervisor
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Jessica Lollis

Director of Training
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Amy Norville

Human Resources Manager
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Angela Talley Robinson

Healthy Families Initiative Director
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Phyliss Skuba

Volunteer Coordinator & Event Planner
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Dallys Sims

Positive Parenting Program Supervisor
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Ushela Smith

PQI Coordinator
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Latrice Thompson-Chapman

Transitional Living Program Supervisor
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Kay Tribble

DSS Liaison
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Kathleen Turner

FCCSS Program Supervisor
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Board of Directors

  • Alan Jenkins, Chair
  • Wendy Griffith, Vice Chair
  • Julie Garritson, Secretary
  • Daniel Ebin, Treasurer
  • Jody Babb
  • Clarence Batts
  • Laura Boles
  • Vintress Brown
  • Corey Carson
  • Corie Culp
  • Nan Dempsey
  • Keisha Jackson Gilliam
  • Noel Helms
  • Dennis Locke
  • Angela Myers
  • Amit Patel
  • Elizabeth Poirier
  • Taylor Smith

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