September Needs List

September Needs List

The greatest gift of course is your thoughts and warm wishes. However these small items go a long way for our youth! Please help us stock our houses with these much-needed items…

What Makes Palmetto Place Different?

What Makes Palmetto Place Different?

I get asked the question quite frequently "what makes Palmetto Place different than other group homes?" Having only worked at one group home and only having an outsider's view into others, I can only provide an answer that is biased…

A Day In The Life Of Our Social Worker

A Day In The Life Of Our Social Worker

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a Social Worker at Palmetto Place? Lottie Felkel gives us a glimpse into her days as a Social Worker at Campus A working with our youth in Foster Care!

Sweet & Savory 2018 - A Success!

Sweet & Savory 2018 - A Success!

The Midlands’ top culinary masters and Columbia’s best foodies gathered on April 26 for Palmetto Place’s annual Sweet & Savory Chefs Competition and raised over $26,000.

 

The competition featured 10 chefs from across the state who brought their best dishes to the table. From savory southern dishes like Lamb Lollipops, to sweet treats like Chocolate Avocado Truffles, chefs and attendees enjoyed the growing food scene in Columbia while supporting abused and neglected youth and teens.

 

“We were so thrilled to see so many from our community come out to support the cause and enjoy great food,” said Jill Lawson, Executive Director for Palmetto Place. “We’ve created an event that garners community support for the increasing number of homeless, abused and neglected teens in the Midlands.”

 

This year’s competition included chefs Ben Perzan and Arie Shankar from the Mediterranean Tea Room, Brenda Perry and Yasmeen Bull from Southern Foodservice Management, Dave Grillo from Cantina 76 and Za’s Pizza, Robert Stegall-Smith from Performance Foodgroup Florence, Michael Giri from Embassy Suites, Lawrence Wright and Vinnie Livoti from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Jason Bruner from 1801 Grille, and Charlie Young.

 

“Teen homeless is an epidemic in South Carolina and the Midlands is working diligently to combat the issue.” Says Lawson, “Palmetto Place collaborates with other community agencies to bridge services and secure resources for each individual’s needs. Providing a roof over their head and food in their stomachs won’t end the epidemic. It takes a village – a vast village that consists of agencies, community members and groups, and volunteers who share our passion for the mission that we serve.”

 

Sweet & Savory is just one of the many events throughout the year that Palmetto Place hosts to raise money and gain supporters. The organization works closely with community partners like United Way of the Midlands and BlueCross Blue Shield to promote its fundraising efforts.

Spring Break

Spring Break

Last week the kids were on spring break! In this post, Ms. Kamelle shares some of the teen house’s adventures!

April Needs List

April Needs List

April is an exciting month at Palmetto Place! We are starting the month off with spring break, will celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month, and wrap it up with Sweet & Savory - our annual chef's competition.

March is Social Work Month

March is Social Work Month

March is National Social Worker month and each direct care staff, social worker, and case manager at Palmetto Place deserve a standing ovation for the incredible job they do. While some days seem emotional and endless, there are many days where we have the privilege to witness small and huge successes with our residents!

March Needs

March Needs

we're looking for a special group to purchase new curtains for the living rooms and bedrooms. If you want to help with curtains email grace@palmettoplaceshelter.org. 

February Needs

February Needs

Thank you to the members of F3 for collecting so many things off our list last month. This month we're going back to the basics to keep our supplies stocked. 

An Overnight Bonding Experience Involving NUTS

An Overnight Bonding Experience Involving NUTS

One of our monthly activities with the teens is an overnight. Sometimes we camp out in the yard, sometimes we have a game night marathon, sometimes we just talk. Last month we did a little bit of it all.

Unconditional love

Unconditional love

When you think of “Family,” what comes to mind? Maybe you think of one of America’s most iconic TV families: The Brady Bunch, Full House, or the Cosby’s. Do families like those, the ones with unconditional love, really exist?

MLK - More than a Day

MLK - More than a Day

The kids are home from school and spending the day giving back and learning about MLK. How are you spending this day of service?