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Palmetto Place Announces New Board Members

  (COLUMBIA, SC) – Palmetto Place is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to their Board of Directors.

Joining the Board of Directors are Dr. Eric Brown of Palmetto Health and Rich Spicer of Lambert Architecture.

“Our newest board members carry our mission in their hearts,” said Erin Hall, Executive Director, “They bring talent, expertise and energy to the table and we are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to serve abused, neglected and homeless children and teens.”

Dr. Eric Brown has served as the Physician Executive/Vice President of Medical Affairs at Palmetto Health Richland since February of 2014. He is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, faculty member with the Palmetto Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program, and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Brown is an active member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). He served as the Chair of the Public Affairs and Government Relations Committee for 3 years before joining Board of Directors in January of 2010.

Dr. Brown completed his baccalaureate at Duke University and entered medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, where he was inducted as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina.

Rich Spicer has worked in the construction field for more than 15 years, including being an owner with a Columbia-based General Contractor. He has his Bachelor’s of Science in Design from Clemson University. Rich has extensive experience and knowledge in both new and renovation projects and understands the value of open communication between all parties. He has been involved in the estimating and project management of more the $1 million in successfully completed construction projects.

Spicer is currently serving as Vice President at Lambert Architecture and Construction Services. He is a former member of the Carolina’s Association of General Contractor’s, (2003-2012) and a past president of the Columbia Contractor’s Association. Spicer has been close to the Palmetto Place family throughout their capital campaign, Saving More Children, to expand the shelter.

Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter is a safe haven for abused and neglected children and homeless teens throughout the state of South Carolina. We provide a safe and nurturing environment where children have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities. We offer a broad range of services that concentrate on personal healing and development including medical attention, mental health care, crisis adjustment and transitional counseling. We help children succeed; their grades improve and their behaviors stabilize. Here, the state’s most desperate children are home.

To learn more about Palmetto Place visit www.palmettoplaceshelter.org.  To request information on speakers, volunteer and donation needs, or to join our email/mailing list, please contact us at:

P.O. Box 3395, Columbia, SC 29230

T (803)748-2357

E-mail: director@palmettoplaceshelter.org

 

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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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