About WakeUp Carolina

A Recovery Community Organization Serving The Greater Charleston, SC Area
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Our Story, Our Promise

We invite you to be a part of the awakening.

WakeUp Carolina began with a promise. A promise made to a beautiful boy by his Mother ignited our community’s desire to affect change. We honor that promise and Creighton Shipman’s memory by supporting every youth battling substance misuse and their family.

Mission & Purpose

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi

More than bricks and mortar, WakeUp Carolina gives wings to the belief that there should be a safe place for our community to come together and provide hope, raise awareness, and facilitate recovery for Charleston’s youth, young adults and their families. Community partners throughout the area have united to address the rising substance misuse among our youth head-on.

Our Team

Creighton’s Story

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Our Beliefs & Strategies

We are a recovery community organization (RCO), an independent, non-profit organization led and governed by representatives of our local recovery community. We organize recovery-focused advocacy activities, carry out recovery-focused community education and outreach programs, and provide peer-based recovery support services. 

Building strong, grassroots organizations

that develop leaders, offer opportunities for recovering people to express their collective voice, and provide a forum for community service.

Advocating for meaningful representation

for people in long-term recovery and their family members on issues that affect their lives.

Assessing needs

related to the adequacy and quality of local treatment and recovery support services.  

Educating the public & service providers

about the prevalence and multiple pathways of addiction recovery.

Developing human & fiscal resources

by expanding philanthropic and public support for addiction treatment, recovery support services, and recovery advocacy, and cultivating volunteerism within local communities of recovery.

Celebrating recovery from addiction

through public events that offer living testimony of the transformative power of recovery.

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Creighton’s Story: Our History, Our Why

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Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

We work to demonstrate the power and promise of Recovery from addiction, and the value Recovery provides to individuals, families, and entire communities throughout the Lowcountry.

Our Founder: Nanci Steadman Shipman

Our Founder: Nanci Steadman Shipman

Executive Director

Nancy Steadman Shipman started WakeUp Carolina after losing her son, Creighton, in 2016 to drug overdose.

Nate Lyles

Nate Lyles

Program Director

Mary Catherine Manning

Mary Catherine Manning

Recovery Coach

John Bell

John Bell

Recovery Coach

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of volunteers committed to raising awareness, education, and support for Recovery. Today, with the support of a professional staff, the Board remains dedicated to advancing our mission and guiding the continued growth of WakeUp Carolina.

Mary Van Connors

Mary Van Connors

Sloan Todd

Sloan Todd

Carol Fair

Carol Fair

John Sigler

John Sigler

Nanci Steadman Shipman

Nanci Steadman Shipman

Hunter Kerrison

Hunter Kerrison

Robin Buchanan

Robin Buchanan

Ambassadors

We have a wide array of volunteer positions from behind the scenes to becoming a spokesperson or certified support specialist.

Fundraising

There are many unique ways to support our mission. Check out our options to get involved and make a difference in our community.

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