For the past forty years, quality of life service agencies in Beaufort County have worked cooperatively to best serve the community. This cooperation started in the 1970's with the formation of the Beaufort Youth Council. The Beaufort Youth Council then expanded to form the Human Services Coordinating Council in the 1990's and finally in 2001 into the Alliance for Human Services. In 2004 a group of community leaders introduced a conceptual framework, Together For Beaufort, a community indicators project that would allow all Alliance members to “hitch their wagon to one train” and pull together in the same direction. Years of coordination has evolved into true collaboration where agencies go beyond understanding each other and begin to modify their practices so that jointly they can be more efficient than if they worked independently.
The purpose of the Alliance is to promote and sustain activities that improve the quality of life for all Beaufort County residents by creating coordinated, comprehensive, and integrated systems of human services by:
- Developing a unified vision of human services
- Tracking and measuring quantitative improvements in the quality of life in Beaufort County
- Promoting multi-system collaboration and best practices
- Providing guidance to public and private funding agencies
- Educating the public, decision makers, and service providers on trends, issues and needed actions
- Facilitating mechanisms to educate and link the general public to needed services or assistance
- Facilitating mechanisms to educate and train human service providers and professionals
The Human Services Alliance is committed to:
- Promoting and implementing a strength-based, asset-based approach
- Inclusiveness in membership
- Leveraging resources across systems
- Creating cultures of synergy through partnership, collaboration, mutual support and networking
- Ensuring the flexibility to respond to new or emerging needs
- Ongoing strategic planning
- Continuing assessment and development of knowledge and capabilities
Together for Beaufort County (T4BC)
Together for Beaufort is a community-wide collaborative process to identify and address specific issues confronting the citizens of Beaufort County. It further develops a series of indicators that will allow us, together, to monitor progress as we address these issues. Much of the data to support our claims is obtained from the records of various public and private organizations. The data will be the foundation for establishing a long-term repository of information useful for ongoing assessment.
T4BC is one component of the Alliance and consists of 16 indicators divided across four encompassing issues. Together, we pool resources and address community needs and concerns around issues of economy, education, poverty, and health/ environment throughout Beaufort County. You can view the Together for Beaufort County 2012 Report as well as individual T4BC coalition information by clicking on the links to the right.
The Human Services Alliance is composed of the following organizational structures:
A group of community leaders who meet annually that acts as spokespersons for the Alliance and its efforts in the community. Their roles, in each of their respective organizations, give them the unique ability to effect meaningful change in the community with consideration for the efforts being put forth by the Alliance. New candidates are invited by the Chair and then elected by the membership.
Executive Management Team:
This is a team of middle-level managers and supervisors approved by the Leadership Council, who are involved in the daily operations of the Alliance and Together For Beaufort Coalitions. This group currently meets quarterly and is facilitated by the Alliance Facilitator.
Together For Beaufort County (T4BC) Coalitions:
A T4BC Coalition is a group of agency and community representatives who have agreed to accept responsibility for achieving one of the sixteen Together for Beaufort County Objectives. The groups meet monthly and membership is determined by interest, commitment and availability.
Human Services Alliance:
Membership is comprised of any individual organization in Beaufort County who is committed to improving the quality of life for all residents of Beaufort County. Alliance meetings are held quarterly on the fifth Wednesday of the month. Anyone interested can attend these meetings regardless of membership; meetings are free to attend and serve as a great networking opportunity. For an organization to be considered an active member of the Alliance, they must be represented at three of the past four quarterly Alliance meetings and/ or regularly participate at appropriate T4BC coalition meetings.
The Alliance distributes a county-wide weekly email outlining Alliance updates, community resources, trainings, and other opportunities available. Please contact us requesting to be added to the distribution list.
Human Services Alliance Staff:
A Facilitator and an Information & Referral Specialist are hired by Beaufort County to serve the interests of the community.
Fred Leyda – Facilitator, Director of Human Services
Ben Boswell – Information & Referral Specialist, Assistant to the Director
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Office: 843.521.3153
The Alliance office is located at USCB in Beaufort (801 Carteret Street) in room 118 of the Sandstone Building (on the corner of Carteret Street and Duke Street).
The mailing address for the Alliance is:
P.O. Drawer 1228
Beaufort, SC 29901-1228
We hope you find this information helpful and informative. Should you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer with the Alliance, please feel free to contact us.