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    Women and Children Succeeding is a college support program for low-income parents with children. Our goal is to transition the families we serve toward an independent, self-sufficient, and successful life.

    To eliminate the barriers of completing school, we provide:

    • intensive case management
    • supportive services
    • financial assistance
    • leadership development

Meet Our Team


Kristi King-Brock — WACS Executive Director

I founded the WACS program in 1993.

My favorite thing about working with this program over the past 23 years is being able to watch the transformation that takes place as these women find their voice and develop their confidence.

A random fact about me that many people may not know is that I am adopted.

Lesley Olsommer – Director of Education & Workforce Development

My favorite part of the program is watching families learn and grow together. We are blessed to be part of this experience .

A fun fact about me is that I enjoy gardening.


Jodi Martin — Client Services Coordinator

My favorite thing about working in the WACS Program is seeing/experiencing God work and answering prayers.

A random fact you may not know about me is that I’m a veteran, serving in both the United States Marine Corps and South Carolina Army National Guard.


Women and Children Succeeding was founded in 1993 through Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM) in Anderson, S.C. The program began as leaders in the area witnessed the barriers parents’ faced when returning to school — due to a lack of childcare and support in a state that ranks 10th for women in poverty. The leaders at AIM founded the program to provide access to quality childcare and to equip families with the tools they need to complete their education.

Over its nearly 20-year history, Women and Children Succeeding has impacted over 230 families. A study in 2012 by Dr. David Hughes of Clemson University showed that, over the next 30 years, 142 graduates will create a $64.2 million impact on our community.

Today, Women and Children Succeeding continues to be based in Anderson, S.C., with a second location in Greenville, S.C. through a partnership with Phoenix Center’s Serenity Place.