City of Columbia partners with additional hotels for ‘Peace of Mind’ initiative for first responders

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Published: May. 18, 2020 at 1:35 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The City of Columbia has partnered with additional hotels as part of its “Peace of Mind" initiative.

The program will provide safe resting spaces for first responders, medical professionals, and front line city staff.

City leaders and the Columbia Police Foundation initially partnered with several local hotels, who have provided rooms so COVID-19 responders will have safe resting spaces if they cannot immediately return to their homes.

The initiative began on May h.

Funds for the “Peace of Mind” program were raised through private donations. The money, facilitated through the Columbia Police Foundation, will be used to pay for the room costs.

“Our first responders, medical professionals, and frontline employees are heroes every day,” said Sam Johnson, who serves as Peace of Mind program chair, and is an advisor with Nexsen Pruet and NP Strategy. “This pandemic has required them to answer an even higher call. And, the best way we can say thank you is by supporting them.”

Columbia’s City Council has been active in supporting the Peace of Mind program. Current City Council members are:

  • Edward H. McDowell, Jr – Mayor Pro Tem
  • Sam Davis
  • Tameika Isaac Devine
  • Howard E. Duvall. Jr
  • Daniel J. Rickenmann
  • Will Brennan

Hotels participating in the program are:

  • Aloft - Lady St
  • Holiday Inn - Washington St
  • Lexington Wingate Inn - I-20 & 378
  • Hampton Inn & Suites - Gervais St
  • Home 2 Suites - Gervais St
  • Hilton Garden Inn - Gervais St
  • Fairfield Inn Harbison Northwest
  • SpringHill Suites Downtown/Vista

Contributions for the Peace of Mind program have been provided by:

  • Mayor Steve Benjamin
  • Hamilton Capitol Center LLC
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Malkiel Svei
  • Pinny Borenstein
  • Sam & Ashley Johnson
  • & Cindy Saad
  • Will Batson
  • Stan Harpe
  • First Citizens Bank
  • Chernoff Newman
  • The Columbia Fireflies
  • Senator Richard Harpootlian
  • Representative Seth Rose
  • Brookwood, Incorporated

Donations are for the 'Peace of Mind’ initiative are still being accepted. To contribute, visit and click DONATE, then choose the PayPal option. You can also mail a check to Columbia Police Foundation at 1 Justice Square Columbia, SC 29201.

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