(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.