In April of 2015, the Founding Members were recognized and awarded for their service to CHR as the founders and advisors.
Dr. Tom Reid frequently vacations here and has many interests and friends in coastal SC. However, his home and core business are in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Reid’s business, Southwest Nu-Stop, has helped over 10,000 (and counting) recovering addicts. It is also one of the few facilities that offers scholarships to those unable to afford treatment. Nu-Stop has grown in many ways since it was established many years ago, and only time will show what other success stories it will live to tell.
Bennie Swans is known as a loving husband and community servant. He married his soul mate, Marcella Davis Swans, and is a proud father of three sons. As a community leader, he gained national recognition for his efforts to reduce violence and prevent drug use. In 1975, Mr. Swans founded Philadelphia’s Crisis Intervention Network. Swans also served as President of the national consulting firm Urban Intervention Inc. Since moving to Myrtle Beach SC, Mr. Swans has been actively involved in the community. He currently serves as a Trustee at Mount Olive AME Church, is a member of the Myrtle Beach Human Rights Commission and was selected to chair the Carolina African-American Heritage Foundation. He established partnerships with local law enforcement agencies, school leaders and other community groups to help develop programs to address issues affecting underdeveloped neighborhoods throughout Horry County. Notably, Swans assisted in the implementation of home foreclosure assistance programs, economic development initiatives, and was instrumental in the development of “2nd Chance” programs and the “Mothers against Violence” organization. Bennie Swans was raised in Philadelphia and was a student of the public school system. After graduation Swans joined the United States Army. During his military career he served overseas where he was wounded during a combat mission in Vietnam. Swans heroic efforts earned him a Purple Heart and several Silver and Bronze Stars. The highly decorated veteran returned to the U.S. and, under the GI Bill, obtained an undergraduate and graduate degree from Antioch University.
Rev. Jesse Marshall (MA of Counseling) helped form CHR after more than a decade of work with incarcerated people, beginning in the mid-1990’s, who were returning home upon release to the Horry, Georgetown, and Williamsburg, SC area prisons. Reverend Marshall’s “Life Changing Ministry,” provided him an opportunity to personally provide help with training, job placement and mentoring after release, skills for returning to the community and with follow-up over these ensuing years. Reverend Marshall was introduced to Bennie Swans in 2004, who had migrated from Philadelphia where he did legendary work with street gangs and gun violence. Reverend Marshall came to Myrtle Beach with the same ambitious drive to help eradicate the Myrtle Beach and surrounding rural communities of the violence that had come to the growing area. Rev. Jesse Marshall leads two sessions of “Life Changing Ministry” each Thursday from 6-8 pm, where men are taught the fundamentals of job seeking and job retention, financial planning, and their responsibility as men to God, their families and to the community.