A non-profit organization in the state is growing and targeting rural parts of the region. Operation Hope is expanding to a much larger site to accommodate more people and provide more resources. The nonprofit also works with ReGenesis Health Care to offer a mobile health clinic several times a day. “The need here is tremendous,” said Susan Tompkins, Executive Director of Operation Hope. said Tompkins. “People will end up neglecting their health because they can’t get to the health supplies. It is 25 miles to Greer. It’s 30 or 35 miles to Greenville and Spartanburg.” Tompkins says they distributed more than 100 turkeys and groceries to families in the area this week. She says the high school at the Spartanburg County District 1 school helped raise more than $3,000 to care for the turkeys. “Here in Landrum, there are a lot of people who need help and all of that,” said Terry Davis, who was born and raised in Landrum. Davis says it’s difficult to get to places like grocery stores and doctor’s offices. “Call transportation like Operation Hope or a place that will take you to your doctor’s appointments,” Davis said. Operation Hope’s work extends well beyond the holiday season. Tompkins says they hope to open their new Landrum location, which will be about 10 times the size of their current office space, which has been trusted and disappointed,” said she, a nutritionist and financial backer. “There’s a lot of need because the resources haven’t been there for so long, and it’s passed from generation to generation,” she said. Tompkins says she wants to be the kind of home base that she says has been lacking in that area. “We know we can’t all be for everyone,” she said. “I mean, it’s very obvious, and no one can. But we will try.” Operation Hope plans to open their new location in January or February.

An upstate non-profit organization is growing and targeting rural parts of the region.

Operation Hope is expanding to a much larger location to accommodate more people and provide more resources.

The nonprofit also works with ReGenesis Health Care to offer a mobile health clinic several times a month.

“The need here is tremendous,” said Susan Tompkins, Executive Director of Operation Hope.

Operation Hope primarily serves School District One of Spartanburg County, including portions of rural Spartanburg County and portions of northern Greenville County.

“Transportation is such a barrier here,” Tompkins said. “People will end up neglecting their health because they can’t get to the health supplies. It’s 25 miles to Greer. It’s 30 or 35 to Greenville and Spartanburg.”

Tompkins says they distributed more than 100 turkeys and groceries to families in the area this week. She says the high school in Spartanburg County School District 1 helped raise more than $3,000 to provide the turkeys.

“There are a lot of people here in Landrum who need help and stuff like that,” said Terry Davis, who was born and raised in Landrum.

Davis says it’s difficult to even get to places like the grocery store and the doctor’s office.

“Call transportation like Operation Hope or any other place that can get you to your doctor’s appointments,” Davis said.

Operation Hope’s work extends well beyond the holiday season. Tompkins says they hope to open their new location in Landrum, which will be about 10 times the size of their current office space.

“We just want to be a safe haven for people and a trusted place for people who haven’t trusted much and who have often been let down,” she said.

Tompkins says they will be able to expand their pantry with perishable and non-perishable items, provide computer access, tax prep, GED coaching, social work counseling, a nutritionist and financial support.

“There’s a lot of need because the resources haven’t existed for so long, and it’s been generational,” she said.

Tompkins says she wants to be the kind of home base she felt was missing in the area.

“We know we can’t all be for everyone,” she said. “I mean, it’s very obvious, and no one can. But we will try.”

Operation Hope plans to open their new location in January or February.

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