The Partnership Continues!

Thornwell in Clinton, SC, has been providing quality services to children and families since 1875. Through the Building Families program, Thornwell is now offering services to families beyond its residential campus. We are thrilled that the partnership between Thornwell and Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church is continuing, and that we have a new Family Specialist ready to resume serving families in our own community: Sara Melton.

What is Building Families?

Building Families is an evidenced-based, intensive in-home program that offers practical, hands-on tools to improve children’s behavior and reduce stress for parents. The program strives to improve communication and healthy family functioning through the use of tested parenting techniques taught by experienced and passionate professionals. Family Specialists are available to meet with participating families in their homes, around their schedules, to provide highly personalized services that are tailored to their unique family needs.

Meet Sara Melton

Sara was born in Ohio, however, has spent most of her life in Virginia. She has been in the Atlanta area for shortly over a year and lives in Duluth. Sara has served a number of populations including foster care, community, mental health, child and families, and individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health concerns. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology and obtained her Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. She is in the process of completing requirements to become a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Georgia.

You can reach Sara at: or 470-223-5980.