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. The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year. For more information about child abuse and neglect, click here.

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To learn more about Palmetto Place check out our 2015 Annual Report!  This report will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about our accomplishments and challenges and surprising statistics from 2015. Visit this link to view our 2015 Annual Report.

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Our History

Early in the 1970s, the members of the Junior Woman’s Club of Columbia (JWC) were making themselves aware of the unique needs of children in stressful home environments. The club’s Search Committee began to study the situation and possible areas of service the club could offer. The tragic stories of abused children presented through the news media as well as special appeals from state and local authorities indicated the lack of emergency shelters for abused and neglected children in the community. In June 1976, a special meeting of the club was called, and the membership voted unanimously for its new project, Youth Resources. In January 1977, a home was purchased in Columbia, and Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter was born in April 1977. Since the Shelter was founded, more than 7,000 of the Midlands abused, neglected and abandoned children have found a safe, nurturing home at Palmetto Place.

Unaccompanied Youth Program

In addition to the services above, Palmetto Place has developed an independent living skills program for high school aged residents and unaccompanied youth, with the support of the United Way of the Midlands.