Strengthening Community for Individuals with Disabilities

Strengthening Community for Special Needs and Disabilities

About Foothills Can

Foothills CAN Lunch and Learn: Friday, December 3

Please join us on Friday, December 3, 11:30am, at the Hamilton Career & Technology Center located at 445 Oconee Business Parkway, in Westminster, SC, for our next Foothills CAN Lunch & Learn. 

Foothills CAN is all about supporting individuals with disabilities in Anderson/Oconee/Pickens Counties. Our Lunch and Learns, held one Friday, each month, in various locations within the 3 counties, are designed to educate the public about individuals with disabilities and their ability to work and enjoy life.  We hope you will be able to join us for these informative events.

This month our Keynote speaker will be Melissa Rosier, SDOC Transition Specialist for Oconee County. Melissa will tell us how she and her staff prepare students with disabilities for the next phase of life —- employment/college/independent living. Sheriff Mike Crenshaw will tell us about his department’s new C2C —- “Connecting to Citizens” initiative for Oconee County citizens with special needs and disabilities. Lunch will be provided by Considerate Cafe. Please let us know if you will be able to attend in order that we have the proper amount of lunches prepared. 

Contact Mike Cannon: or 864-314-2610 (cell), with any questions or to RSVP.

Due to limited seating and to help with meal planning, please RVSP by December 1. 










Mike Cannon
864-314-2610 Cell

Welcome to Foothills CAN (Collaborative Action Network).

CAN… Working together to put the needs of individuals with disabilities first.

Foothills CAN is a collaborative initiative between Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties.  The CAN concept originally started in Greenville County as an initiative of the Barbara Stone Foundation and is known as Greenville CAN in Greenville County.  The shared belief behind CAN is that through collaboration, we can make our communities a better place to live for individuals with disabilities.  As more communities start their own CAN initiatives unique to their specific needs, our collective efforts will hopefully impact our region and eventually our state.

Foothills CAN Mission Statement:

Foothills CAN’s mission is to make our communities a better place to live, work, and play for individuals with all levels of disabilities.

Foothills CAN Model / Philosophy:

  1. Foothills CAN is a coalition.  It is not an organization, program, or entity.
    1. Foothills CAN serves as the table where organizations come together to take collective action.
    2. We were created by the communities for the communities.  The organizations and individuals that comprise Foothills CAN feel a shared sense of ownership and investment because they co-created Foothills CAN together as a mechanism to work collaboratively on a collective desire to make our communities a better place to live, work, and play for people with disabilities.
  2. Foothills CAN fulfills our mission by:
    1. Promoting systemic change.
    2. Advocating for integration and inclusion.
    3. Providing a catalyst for change.
    4. Aiding in building capacity of existing organizations.

Foothills CAN Strategic Priorities:

  1. Increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
  2. Improve the ability of individuals with disabilities to reach their desired destinations.
  3. Create an easily accessible system for connecting service providers to help all stakeholders be aware of appropriate services and opportunities which are available to individuals with disabilities.
  4. Help individuals of all ages and abilities have access to and be engaged in a comprehensive array of recreation, arts, and enrichment activities to enable them to thrive as engaged community citizens.  Some of these activities should include Special Olympics and the “Night to Shine” prom.
  5. Support individuals with disabilities so they my have a safe, affordable, and accessible housing suited to their needs and level of independence.

Untapped Workforce…

People under 65 in Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens County: US Census


SC Unemployment Rate for Individuals with Disabilities: 2017

Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee County Disabilities and Special Needs Boards  serve 2,300 individuals with disabilities and 1,300 individuals with disabilities are served through SC Vocational Rehabilitation for Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee Counties.
According to the 2010 US Census, there were 45,000 individuals with a disability under 65 years old living in the counties of Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee County in 2010.  This number is estimated at 47,000 in 2017.  The unemployment rate in South Carolina for all individuals with disabilities in 2017 was 28.70% and up to 90% for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  One of the primary goals of Foothills CAN is to reduce the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities.


Foothills CAN Support Group

  • Anderson County DSN Board
  • Pickens County DSN Board
  • Arc of Oconee
  • Vocational Rehab for Anderson, Oconee, & Pickens County
  • The City of Anderson
  • Clemson LIFE
  • Electric City Bluegrass 104.7 FM 1020 AM WRIX
  • SC Works Worklink
  • Concord Baptist Church
  • Coastal Carolina National Bank of Greenville
  • Crowe’s Corporate Promotions of Anderson
  • Congressman Gresham Barrett
  • Defender Services of Anderson
  • Foothills Motorsports of Anderson
  • General Machine of Anderson
  • Grainger Nissan of Anderson
  • Barbara Stone Foundation
  • Greenville CAN
  • Palmetto Physical Medicine
  • Tri-County Technical College
  • Anderson University
  • Southern Wesleyan University
  • Clemson Outdoor Lab
  • Dr. Dale Treash
  • AnMed Health
  • Walgreens
  • The City of Seneca
  • Oconee County Council
  • Industrial Bonded Warehouse
  • Ionosphere Travel
  • Metrocon, Inc.
  • Natalie Barrett
  • Orian Rugs of Anderson
  • Schneider Electric
  • Senator Thomas Alexander
  • Upstate Alliance
  • Dr. Lisa McWherter
  • School District of Oconee County
  • Anderson School District 2
  • Sargent Metal of Anderson

Contact Us:

Foothills CAN:  If you have questions, need additional information, or would like to be involved, please contact Mike Cannon at

CAN for your Community:  If your community would like to learn more about how to start a CAN initiative, please contact Mike Teachey at


Additional Contact Information:

  • Anderson County Disabilities———-Jerrel Lynn King 864-260-4526
  • Oconee County Disabilities———Jerry Mize 864-885-6055
  • Pickens County Disabilities ——–Elaine Thena 864-644-2500
  • Anderson County Vocational ReHab——–Lisa Gillespie 864-224-6391
  • Oconee/Pickens Vocational ReHab———Sheila  Ford 864-882-6669

Foothills CAN Kickoff Lunch on September 17, 2018