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Addressing the Homeless Situation in the Midlands

Cathy Hood-Pittenger and Larry Nichols
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

The homeless situation continues to be an issue for our state’s cities, towns, and their businesses. Many communities across the nation are grappling with this with many different solutions being tried.  Our next guests are working on this issue in Columbia, SC.

Mike Switzer interviews Larry Nichols with Family Promise and Cathy Hood-Pittenger, homeless coordinator for the United Way in Columbia, SC, part of the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.