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More abused children, homeless teens helped with Palmetto Place’s expansion

Essence Jackson, a Palmetto Place case manager, and Samantha Favor, a senior at the University of South Carolina, work on a project to make the teens feel at home in the building.
Essence Jackson, a Palmetto Place case manager, and Samantha Favor, a senior at the University of South Carolina, work on a project to make the teens feel at home in the building. PROVIDED PHOTO

Palmetto Place has made considerable progress with the expansion of its “hundred-year-old home” that serves abused and neglected children and homeless teens from across South Carolina.

The expansion will add 10 beds to the original shelter, bringing the total to 30 and allowing the organization to serve more than 100 children each year at the home in downtown Columbia, whose address is not released to protect the teens.

Palmetto Place’s home provides a safe environment where children have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities.

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 we decided to expand our original shelter,” said Executive Director Erin Hall. “The need in our community for a safe and loving home for these children and teens is growing.”

Counselors and advisers concentrate on personal healing and development, offering medical attention, mental health care, crisis adjustment and transitional counseling services, the organization said.

The home’s expansion began in February under the direction of Lambert Architecture and Hood Construction. Community partners who donated to the capital campaign, “Saving More Children,” are making the expansion possible, Hall said.

“A wave of emotion came over me as I walked through the house,” board member Rachael Fulmer said Thursday. “We’ve worked so hard to get to this point. Seeing the house ... and knowing that we’ll be able to give kids a safe and loving home is overwhelming and exciting at the same time.”

Want to help?

The shelter is looking for volunteers to help make the newly renovated shelter feel like home.

To help, visit www.palmettoplaceshelter.org/wishlist/ or call (803) 748-2357.

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