Know your options and discover the many resources available to homeowners.
Know your options and discover the many resources available to homeowners.

Resources for Homeowners

The Greenville County Human Relations Commission and the City of Greenville are kicking off a series of public workshops that will explore some of the resources and options available to help homeowners maintain their homes.  The first topic of the series is "Know Your Options: Resources for Homeowners," which will be offered on September 20 & 29.  

The workshop on September 20 will take place at the Pleasant Valley Connection from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the workshop on September 29 will be held at the Nicholtown Community Center from Noon to 1 p.m. Join us to find out what you should know and do if someone offers to buy your house. Door prizes and a light meal will be provided. For more information, please call 467-7095.  You can also register online by selecting the highlighted date.

Advanced manufacturing training held at Pleasant Valley Connection starting in September
Advanced manufacturing training classes to be held at Pleasant Valley Connection beginning in September.

Advanced Manufacturing Job Training and Placement - Pleasant Valley

Pleasant Valley Connection will hold classes for adults interested in advanced manufacturing.  The classes are sponsored by SHARE, the City of Greenville, Career Skills Now, and Greenville Works. Eligible participants will receive FREE advanced manufacturing training, paid work experience, and an opportunity for employment with some of the top advanced manufacturing firms in the Upstate, including Michelin, Pharmaceutical Associates, JTEKT, Solar Atmospheres, Kimura, Confluence Water Sports, and more.  Free quality childcare will be provided.  A free Work Keys class and test will be held in September.   Call SHARE at 220-7249 for more information.  Classes begin September 2016.

Graduates of the 2016 Grassroots Leadership Development Program
Graduates of the 2016 GLDP class.

Greenville Dreams Graduation

Congratulations to the 2016 Greenville Dreams graduates.  Greenville Dreams consists of leaders from Special emphasis Neighborhoods in Greenville County who partner with the United Way of Greenville, the City of Greenville and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority (GCRA) to collaborate and focus on facilitating positive changes through resident-centered neighborhood development.

Jokeitha Seabrook with United Way, Christa Jordan with the City's Community Development Division, and Tina Belge with GCRA were among those who graduated from the Greenville Dreams Grassroots Leadership Development Program.

The new graduates join the ranks of more than 100 program alumni who are working to identify and address community priorities such as landlord/tenant education, neighborhood capacity building and documenting neighborhood history. If you are interested in participating, download a Grassroots Leadership Development application.

Monique Mattison, Neighbor Planner - Community Development Division
Monique Mattison
Ashlee Tolbert, Community Connections & Brownfields Coordinator - Community Development Division
Ashlee Tolbert
Brennan Williams, Intern - Community Development Division
Brennan Williams

New Hires - Community Development Division

Monique Mattison joined the Community Development staff in July as a Neighborhood Planner.  She is a former City zoning officer and is returning to the City after 15 years in the private sector.

Monique graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's degree in architectural design with a concentration in social science and master’s degree in city and regional planning with an emphasis in historic preservation.

Monique was raised in Anderson, SC.  She is married and has four children - Trey, Zavier, Kamryn, and Nicholas.  Monique and her husband Spurgeon own Trevier Transportation Systems.  Monique’s interests include art, architecture, and historic preservation.

Ashlee Tolbert is the Community Development Division's Community Connections and Brownfields Coordinator.  Ashlee attended the University of South Carolina-Upstate, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in social studies/history. She received her master’s degree in management from Southern Wesleyan University.

Prior to working for the City of Greenville, Ashlee was a program coordinator for Communities In Schools at Tanglewood Middle School and worked as a middle school teacher and career development facilitator with Greenville County Schools and Greenwood School District 50.  Ashlee has nearly 14 years of experience working in education and community engagement.

Ashlee enjoys spending time with her family and friends and working in her church as the children’ s choir director and a lay Servant.

Brennan Williams is an intern in the Community Development Division.   He obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina, where he majored in political science.  He received a Juris Doctor degree from the Charlotte School of Law.  Brennan is currently pursuing a master’s degree in city planning from Clemson University.

While attending the University of South Carolina, Brennan was a four-year letterman on the soccer team.

Returning Citizen Support Group Meeting

Greenville Reentry Coalition is sponsoring a support group for individuals who have been released from prison.  The purpose of the group is to provide guidance concerning the issues they may be confronted with on a daily basis.  The meetings are held every Thursday evening at the Soteria Community Development Corporation building.  For more information please call 864-272-0681 or 864-509-8999.

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