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The existence of Sally Kate Winters Family Services is evidence that one person can make a positive difference in the lives of many. 

Sally Kate Winters Memorial Children’s Home was formally established in 1990.  Prior to that time, upon being removed from home by police officers or Child Protective Services, the only place children in our area could be taken for Emergency Shelter was the Sheriff’s Department.  Imagine the trauma that children must have felt, being removed from their homes under critical circumstances, then being taken to jail!  This realization deeply concerned a Volunteer Deputy with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputy Cassandra Smith made a phone call to Mrs. Martha Winters in 1988.  Together, they established the first Board of Directors of the Sally Kate Winters Memorial Children’s Home.  The name of the organization was a tribute to Mrs. Martha Winters for her tireless effort of engaging the community in the establishment of a local children’s shelter. 

Mrs. Martha Winters, and her husband Mr. Preston Winters, a prominent local businessman, suffered a personal loss on April 11, 1965.  Their only daughter, Sally Kate, died in a tragic car accident.  She was two months away from graduating from The University of Mississippi.  At the time of her death, she was practice teaching at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tennessee.  Winters was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, the freshman honor society; CWENS, a National Honorary Organization for Sophomore women; Mortar Board, the highest possible co-ed leadership honor; and Phi Kappa Phi, the highest scholastic honor given to an Ole Miss student. A sister of the Kappa Delta sorority, she was also a varsity cheerleader, a sponsor for the Army ROTC and a member of the Wesley Foundation.

Like her parents, Sally Kate Winters believed in community service and helping others.  Her energy and compassion for service gave her the personal desire to excel in every opportunity.  Through Memorial Foundations to the City of West Point and the University of Mississippi, her compassionate spirit continues to impact the lives of children and families across the state. 

Sally Kate Winters is one of five local charities designated to receive financial support through the Charles Preston Winters Foundation.  This support has allowed the organization to expand services that continue to meet the needs of children and families.