Jody Jackson, left, helps Cyril Prabhu outline the vision for Proverbs 226. Jackson, who just returned to the Upstate after eight years in Kershaw Correctional Institution, will be the "City Champion" for the area, helping coordinate the ministry's activities.
Help from an Australian couple he never met, who sent him $35 a month in sponsorship money, inspired him to someday help others. “I’m doing this,” he said, “because somebody did this for me.” After completing college in India, another transformative experience happened a few months after Prabhu moved to the United States in 1993. An electron-
ics store he was in was robbed at gunpoint, and soon the trauma of the event sank in. “I really wanted to go back home,” he said. “But I slowly turned from being fearful to being very strongly convinced that I should do something. Because these kids don’t have resources, it’s their poverty that’s causing them to do this.” After several years of ministries within the prison system, Prabhu – who recently became a U.S. citizen – launched Proverbs 226 in January, and is currently working with about 400 children and their families throughout the Carolinas. “The best part is just the excitement of seeing the children, and their faces when we get to hand them the bags,” said Linda Jones, who has been with Proverbs 226 from the start. “It’s especially touching because these book bags have been packed by their fathers. And there’s a letter in there from the father to the child. These kids need that reassurance. They’re missing that. And they need to know that their father loves them.” To learn more about Proverbs 226, visit www.proverbs226.org. Contact Jerry Salley at email@example.com.
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available education advantages, such as a primary intervention program (PIP) to help him get individualized attention if necessary. Later on, the children will meet specialists who can help with federal student loans for college. Throughout the process, the child will have opportunities to add to his college fund. Launched in Charlotte, N.C., where Prabhu works as a senior vice president for Bank of America, the program has expanded to work with children of Kershaw inmates in Charleston and Columbia – and now, Greenville and Spartanburg. Jackson will serve as the “City Champion” for the Upstate, helping to coordinate activities on the ground. “I really just want to do whatever I can to help,” Jackson said. “Because when I was there, people helped me and they kept my family intact and communicating, and I just want to give back.” Prabhu, who grew up in Chennai in India, experienced firsthand the hardships of having an absent parent. “When I was six months old, my father left my mom,” he said. “In India, if you have a child without the mother and the father living together, the child becomes illegal. Meaning the child doesn’t get any support from anybody.”
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GHS welcomes these new physicians and office sites! Bariatric Surgery Patricia Eichhorn, M.D. Bariatric Solutions 2104 Woodruff Rd. Greenville, 676-1072
Cardiology Andrea Bryan, M.D. Carolina Cardiology 877 W. Faris Rd., Ste. B Greenville, 455-6900
Dermatology Allison Brown, M.D. Carolina Dermatology 920 Woodruff Rd. Greenville, 233-6338
Family Medicine Karla Hirshorn, M.D. Laurens Family Practice
106 Parkview Dr. Laurens, 984-0571 David Hoenicke, M.D. Riverside FP–Eastside 215 Halton Rd. Greenville, 454-2700
Internal Medicine Sallie Areford, M.D. Cypress IM–Patewood 200 Patewood Dr., Ste. B460 Greenville, 454-2226 Megan Witt, M.D. Cross Creek IM 50 Cross Park Ct. Greenville, 797-7035
OB/GYN Carreen Drake, M.D. Premier Women’s Care 209 Three Bridges Rd. Greenville, 220-4209
Erin Thurston, M.D. Greenville Ob Gyn Associates 2 Memorial Medical Dr. Greenville, 295-4210
Pediatrics S. David Blake, M.D. Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics 200 Patewood Dr., Ste. A200 Greenville, 454-5115 James Green Jr., M.D. Pediatric Surgery 890 W. Faris Rd., Ste. 440 Greenville, 455-5070 Another Office Site! Pediatric Associates– Spartanburg 500 Squires Pt. Duncan, 582-8135
Urology J. Erik Busby, M.D. UMG Regional Urology– Cross Creek 15 Park Creek Dr. Greenville, 797-7450
Vascular Medicine Stephen Chastain, M.D. Vascular Health Alliance 200 Patewood Dr., Ste. C300 Greenville, 454-VASC (8272)
AUGUST 24, 2012 | GREENVILLE JOURNAL 13
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