COVID-19 seems to continue to have a disproportionate effect on the low-income communities served by South Carolina Legal Services(SCLS). This is especially true for elderly and people of color who live in rural communities. Unfortunately, these are also the demographics, that are least likely to understand the value of and how to locate resources to prepare end of life documents. These documents let family members know loved ones’ wishes about providing medical treatment, deciding who will handle necessary affairs and determining ownership of property at death.
SCLS is looking for and is eager to partner with faith-based organizations, non-profits, civic and social groups and other agencies to educate low-income communities about the value of advance directives and preparation of these documents. To help SCLS help people who need these documents you can:
- Agree to partner with us.
- Distribute educational materials to the targeted communities.
- Assist applicants in contacting SCLS for an intake.
- Provide a COVID-19 safe location to meet with applicants.
- Publicize events that will be held in your community.
- Refer applicants to SCLS.