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 use 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.

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.

Nanci Steadman Shipman
Nanci Steadman Shipman
Founder & Executive Director
Nanci Steadman Shipman
Dean Stephens
Business Development Director &
Berkeley Co. Director
Nanci Steadman Shipman
Tim Maguire
Senior Program Director
Nanci Steadman Shipman
Sidney Allen
Young Adult Program Manager
Nanci Steadman Shipman

Elizabeth Szala
Program Coordinator

Nanci Steadman Shipman
Brenda Nikic
Family Program Manager
Nanci Steadman Shipman
Steve Meadows
Community Coordinator

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.

Jay Thrower

Blair Martin
Vice Chair
Kathleen Hay
Angela Burchfield
Nanci Steadman Shipman
Chris Mingledorff
Nanci Steadman Shipman

Nanci Steadman Shipman

John Sigler
Sloan Todd

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.

Awaken & Align: Yoga Series with WakeUp Carolina

Experience yoga’s transformative power on your recovery journey with our rejuvenating summer...

Join Us for the Launch of our “Tools For Change” Series!

Discover a supportive community and powerful mind-body tools to navigate life’s transitions at our kickoff “Tools for Change” event on Thursday, April 25 at 5:45 pm, hosted at WakeUp Carolina’s office in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Introducing WakeUp Wednesday Sunrise Bridge Walks

Are you ready to greet the day with a refreshing walk amidst the breathtaking sunrise over the Ravenel Bridge? Join us every Wednesday morning for a revitalizing experience that will set the tone for the rest of your day!

Notes from the Field: Shedding Light on Ethical Pitfalls in Addiction Recovery

With the recent release of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s public policy statement on January 18, 2024, it’s crucial to address the ethical dilemmas that plague the recovery industry.

Notes from the Field: Navigating Detox Centers

“Notes from the Field” is your backstage pass to the challenges, triumphs, and transformative moments we witness firsthand in our community. In this installment, we address a pressing concern within our community: ensuring that a detox center can meet your needs.

ABC4 Features WakeUp: Narcan training in the food industry

There’s a lot of professions that we just don’t hear about as much, but we do hear about it in food and Bev and we want to get in and share the Narcan trainings as much as we can with them,” said Brenda Nikic, family programs manager with WakeUp Carolina.

You’re Invited to “Mocktails & Magic: A St. Patrick’s Soirée at Sèchey”!

An enchanting evening of alcohol-free delights and celebration. Wear your best shades of green, and Sèchey will donate 15% of sales from the evening to WakeUp Carolina.

Phases of Drug Use: Shedding Light with Dean Stephens

The turning point in my life as it related to alcohol and drugs was Friday morning, August 21, 1992. I woke up that morning and I looked in the mirror and I did not know the person looking back at me. What I did know about that person is, I didn’t like him.

Navigating the Journey of Drug Use: A WakeUp Carolina Perspective

Recognizing the phases of drug use is crucial for raising awareness and implementing effective intervention strategies.

WakeUp Carolina Welcomes Dean Stephens As New Director of Development

Dean Stephens, a dedicated advocate for community development and recovery, brings a wealth of experience to his role as the Director of Development at WakeUp Carolina’s Berkeley County Office.

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