Background

After consideration of all the levels of resources for those with disabilities, it became obvious that while each was operating well there was no collaboration.  A “silo-effect” prevented groups and service providers from working together.  Without a collaborative effort, there is a lost opportunity to rise to a higher level of service within the community.

Early in August of 2014, the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation invited family members, media, service providers, educators, City of Charleston officials, and interested parties to promote the idea of working together to better serve the communities needs and the status quo. These 25 attendees unanimously agreed this collaborative effort would be in the best interest of the community.

On October 31st, 2014, Mike Teachey, leading spokesperson for GreenvilleCAN, came to help facilitate the early foundation and implementation of CharlestonCAN.  Teams were formed and leaders were chosen with an agreement, each team would meet monthly with all teams meeting on a quarterly basis.

Our five teams focus on the following areas of interest:

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Recreation
  • Employment
  • Community Access

Recently, our website has been established and we have begun to forge our identity in Charleston County, as well as, the Lowcountry.