Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter provides a safe and nurturing environment for abused and neglected children and unaccompanied teens, offering them a broad range of services concentrating on personal healing and development. The shelter is open 24 hours each day of the year and provides medical and mental health care, crisis adjustment/transitional counseling, after-school tutoring and recreational and social activities in addition to food, clothing and shelter. For more information about child abuse and neglect, click here.
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 6,000 of the Midlands abused, neglected and abandoned children have found a safe, nurturing home at Palmetto Place.
Teen Life Skills
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.