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Palmetto Place Celebrates 100 Days of Construction

(COLUMBIA, SC) – Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter celebrated 100 days of construction with board members, donors, volunteers and staff on June 2nd, 2016.  

Palmetto Place is a home for abused and neglected children and homeless teens from across the state of South Carolina. They provide a safe and nurturing environment where children have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities. They offer a broad range of services that concentrate on personal healing and development including medical attention, mental health care, crisis adjustment and transitional counseling.

 

Since the shelter opened in 1977 more than 7,000 children and teens have called it home. These deep roots are one of the reasons they have decided to expand the original shelter. “The need in our community for a safe and loving home for these children and teens is growing,” says Erin Hall, Executive Director. “We have been turning away between 15-25 children each month for too long now, simply because there is not enough space.” The expansion will add 10 beds to the original shelter, bringing the total up to 30 and allowing them to serve more than 100 children each year.

 

Board members and donors who have been a part of this dream since the beginning got to see the progress on the shelter in person for the first time.  "A wave of emotion came over me as I walked through the house,” says Board Member Rachel Fulmer. “We’ve worked so hard to get to this point, seeing the house tonight and knowing that we’ll be able to give kids a safe and loving environment to grow up in makes every bit of hard work worth it.”

 

Construction should be done in August, just in time to move back in and get settled before school starts. The shelter is looking for volunteers to help make the newly renovated shelter feel like home. To find out how you can help, visit www.palmettoplaceshelter.org/wishlist/ or call 803-748-2357.

 

 

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Construction Updates

Dear Palmetto Place Friends & Family: We have the pleasure of seeing construction and renovation progress on a daily basis. We want to share as much as possible with all of you! Stay tuned for weekly updates. ~ Erin

Thursday, September 8

We moved in last week and the elementary and middle school kids are so happy! There are two little boys who lived there at the beginning of the year and were very excited to be back in their old rooms. One of our girls lived with us a couple of years ago and came back to live with us at our other location a few months ago. She knew exactly where she was at the renovated house last week and did cartwheels in her old room. The kids are proud of their home and love showing it off to everyone who comes to visit!

About the new house - the space itself is not only beautiful but functional. The open kitchen leading to the spacious dining room and the living room – it’s a dream come true. The light is wonderful. The wide hallways give us room for a chair and a desk – quiet space and work space. The colors of the house are so warm and inviting.

One of my favorite things, though, is the detail. The stairs – I can’t find the words to tell you how beautiful those stairs are. The woodwork – truly amazing. Everyone has commented on the woodwork and the thought that went into recreating the original moldings from 1886. The French doors between the living and dining rooms – well, in the words of one houseparent, “They put the French doors back in!” Nope, I had no idea there were French doors in that house years ago.

We’ve already grown in terms of numbers of kids and there are many more kids to come. It’s so nice to say “yes, we can take this child into our home,” instead of “no, we’re full.”

Thank you for your support and all you continue to do for our kids. Thank you for caring about them and believing in our vision and ability to care for kids, to heal them and give them a better life. This is truly a special time for Palmetto Place. If you haven’t given yet and would like to make a contribution to #SavingMoreChildren, please click here.

Monday, June 6

This week the floors and ceilings are getting some attention. We need to make sure the original house is level with the new addition and get it ready to install flooring. They're also insulating the ceilings and getting ready to hang drywall again. We also added the sprinkler system, which means we got a new fire hydrant in front of the house.

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Monday, May 30

Siding has arrived!! Doesn't it make the house look good?

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Tuesday, May 17

The house is really starting to look like a house again and not a construction zone! Drywall was delivered and is being hung as I type! With the drywall up we can really see how the rooms are taking their shape and I can already picture our kids in that space.

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Wednesday, May 4

We always knew the renovated would include a handicap ramp, but look at that deck, fire escape and ramp! We can wait to have cook outs on that deck! Shingles were delivered this week as well and we'll have a new roof before long!

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Tuesday, April 26

We've got a lot of really great natural light in the house now and it makes the whole project seem so much bigger! Some really beautiful windows have gone in this week and it really pulls things together! The plumber and electrician are still working on their projects, and foam insulation was sprayed in the attic!

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Monday, April 18

The renovation project at the shelter is moving right along! Last week the crew was able to finish framing the interior walls, plywood is up on the exterior, and the electrician and plumber came out to see whats going on!

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Thursday, April 7

Today was a really big day! The foundation is set, they raised the original portion of the house to meet it, and have started framing interior walls! You can see where the new rooms will be and the layout! It seems even larger in person. We're looking at the new dinning room, kitchen, some bedrooms and bathrooms.

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Here we are looking into one of the original rooms, this was the little girls room before. After renovations it will be a great room for homework, silent reading, group therapy and more! 20160407_124002

 

Tuesday, March 29

The yard is mostly clean and the back portion of the house is gone. The construction crew is working on getting the foundation poured and starting the re-build process. The next couple of weeks will show a lot of progress, so stay tuned for more!

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Tuesday, March 22

Official Demolition Day! The back of the house - the 1970s portion - has come down! The part we've torn down housed the kitchen, dining room, laundry room, a bedroom and the hallway bathroom. It will take another day or two to clean up the backyard and then we start the rebuilding. I have to admit, it was great fun to watch the Hood Construction team tear down! But it will be much more fun to see the new house come together.

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Tuesday, March 15

The crew is hard at work and it looks like we won't be wearing heels to the office anytime soon.

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Thursday, March 10

We could barely believe it, when we got back to Campus A this afternoon the yellow play house was gone! We knew it was going to be one of the first things to go, but not having it here makes the yard look bare. The crew has taken down some of the trees in the yard too to make room for their equipment.20160310_112006

Wednesday, March 9

Our demolition party tonight has kicked off construction! Board members, former residents, and top donors had their chance to tear away a piece of Palmetto Place. To learn more about the demolition party check out these stories from WACH, WIS, and ColaDaily! 

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Monday, March 7

A last walk through of Palmetto Place and now the house is sealed off for asbestos abatement. It was very hard to leave this morning!

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Saturday, March 5

Jill, Edward Conroy and I spent the morning doing a little demolition of our own. Edward took down the kitchen cabinets that were donated and installed a couple of years ago. We’ll install them at our other location now. And then the three of us pried the fireplace covers off to see what we could find – beautiful iron pieces. We also pulled plywood off the stairs and discovered spindles! We’re hoping the front staircase can be preserved and the spindles can stay as is when the house is done. Very fun finds!

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Tuesday, March 1

Things are already happening at Palmetto Place. This morning, the playground floor has been removed and stacked on the side of the yard. I’m not sure I was ready for this!

Monday, Feb. 29

The Big Move is here! Two Men & A Truck was Six Men & Three Trucks today. A very long day but everything is moved to our new place and the kids are happy and settled. One teenager told me tonight that she’d never had coordinated bedding before. I take so many things for granted. Bedding is one of them. Very grateful to Mayor Steve for donating beautiful brand new bedding for all of our kids.

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Wednesday, Feb. 24

The Hood Construction team came by today to take pictures all through the house. We have beautiful woodwork – incredible staircase, wide baseboards, wonderful picture moulding and a few transoms. Hood Construction is cataloging all of this so it can be recreated in case any of the woodwork has to be removed during asbestos abatement. Walking through the house, focused only on the wood reminds me of just how beautiful this house is.

Palmetto Place - Before We Expand

We hope you have been following our Save More Children campaign and our path towards expansion. Big things are happening everyday and we wanted to share some big news! Our usually warm and inviting home has been transformed into a maze of boxes and bags all labeled with names and rooms. The road to this point has been long and bumpy, but now we can see our destination on the horizon. Next week we'll pack all the boxes and bags into the truck and move our whole shelter across town.

For nearly 40 years we've been a home to abused, neglected and homeless children and teens. In that time we've helped more than 7,000 children and teens find a safe, loving home. At Palmetto Place, we provide more than just shelter; it's where children learned to ride a bike and teens learned to drive,  it's where friends became family and where children grew into adults. For this reason it's a bittersweet goodbye to the shelter we know, and brave hello to the next step. Before we move forward we want to preserve them memory of Palmetto Place and the children who have made it a home.

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Our dream is that one day every child will feel safe and loved. Thanks to you and your support, we are one step closer to making our dream a reality. To support our mission you can make a donation today. Stay tuned, as we will be sharing more updates on our expansion soon.

Together we can Save More Children. 

Opening the Doors to Campus B

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 Hi, folks! It’s been a long road but we’ve taken a major step forward this month!

Campus B is now ours and we’re prepping for the big move.

I’m sure you all know the fun of moving your own house. Now imagine moving with 20 kids! I’m incredibly grateful to be surrounded by an amazing team of staff who are excited about the move and ready to pack.

We have a few repairs to make and inspections to complete before we move in but we’re so thrilled to walk through our new space. It already feels like home! Of course we’ll be just as excited when the renovations at Palmetto Place Campus A are completed later this year and we can move back to our “real” house.

We’re moving the week of Feb. 22 and I think we have a good solid plan. The electricity and water are on. The front planting beds have been mulched. The front of the house looks clean and inviting. We’ve made some of the girls’ beds and some of the boys’ beds.

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Tonight our board and houseparents and kids will come to see their new space at Campus B. The kids will get to see their new rooms. I woke up this morning ready to open the blinds, turn on all the lights and welcome everyone to this house! We cannot wait to show off our space to these special people - our board members who have vision for Palmetto Place's future and believe in our kids so deeply; our houseparents who have been so patient and waited for many months for this move; and our kids who are the heart and soul of what we do.

We were worried about the transition from one house to another – would it be difficult for kids from hard places to pick up and move again? But no, they’ve seen the plans for the new Campus A; they’ve felt the sample boards with the tile and flooring for Campus A; they’ve seen the paint colors. And they love it all - every piece of it! The kids have the moving date memorized. They all want to know when Campus A will be done and they can move back.

How can you help and be a part of this adventure? Donate! Volunteer!

Stay tuned for more – our groundbreaking is coming soon! We hope to share as much as possible along the journey!

Erin