Benevolent Society of Charleston was formed in 1814 for the “giving of
skillful and sympathetic relief to numbers of the sick poor within the limits
of said city.” The Society provided
assistance to the poor in the form of food, fuel, clothing, and nursing care.
It was sponsored by contributions from individuals and churches and was
non-denominational. This Society was
the first of its kind in the country. It was the origin of visiting nursing
programs and public health nursing.
Clarke. 1937. “History and development of public health nursing in South
Carolina.” Unpublished Master’s
thesis. University of South Carolina.