Happy International Youth Day 2016

International Youth Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999. August 12th is marked worldwide as a day to celebrate youth in our communities. Young people drive our society forward with new technology, media, entertainment and inspiration. Internationally, more and more young children and teenagers are taught to read, given access to… Read more »

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Held annually in April, Child Abuse Prevention Month is the nationally designated month to acknowledge the importance of communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Think back to your childhood. Did someone help make it great? Maybe you had a grandparent, siblings, a teacher or a coach who looked out for you. Maybe… Read more »

A New Year’s Resolution

One of our favorite activities each January is the kids’ New Year’s Resolutions! We thought you’d enjoy seeing what’s on their minds for 2016. Our youngest, a 4-year-old, wants to eat more Chinese food and to go to school. This week we were able to enroll her in 4K. A 7-year-old boy wants a pet… Read more »

Dear Santa…

All of our kids wrote their letters to Santa earlier this month and, as you can probably imagine, Santa received a wide range of requests. Our little boys asked for action figures, toy airplanes and footballs, our teen girls want hair supplies, make up and jewelry. One wanted help paying for her dream prom dress…. Read more »

September is Hunger Action Month

Did you know that 1 in 6 people struggle to get enough to eat? What about the fact that food insecurities are particularly harmful to children? Many people think hunger is directly influenced by poverty. Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Poverty in the United States is only one of many… Read more »

Spring Cleaning

Today’s blog post comes from Victoria Infinger, our communications intern. When I think about spring cleaning, I think about throwing my scarves, sweaters and boots into a large rubber tub and pulling out last year’s pastel dresses and bathing suits. I wouldn’t give a second thought as to where to put my winter clothes. Easy… Read more »

Happy New Year!

Each year, our counselor, Jill, works with our kids to write New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a good time to set goals, maybe close the door on a rough year and, of course, start fresh. This year, Jill added a little something to this fun activity. She asked the kids about last year – what did… Read more »

Christmas is Coming!

If you’re having Christmas for 20 kids, you have to start early! We’ve already had many calls and emails about ways to volunteer, so we’ve developed a list of opportunities and needs for our kids and for the shelter. Christmas is a very fun time at Palmetto Place, but also a difficult time as our… Read more »

Happy Groundhog Day!

A few weeks ago, Erin said to me “Everyday here is Groundhog Day.” I wasn’t quite sure if she meant it in the Bill Murray sense, or the Punxsutawney Phil sense. In some ways, we do live in a time warp here at Palmetto Place. Wrangling so many children means we need a pretty regularized schedule,… Read more »

Christmas at Palmetto Place

Happy New Year! I hope 2013 has begun on a positive, happy note for you. I thought I’d share Palmetto Place’s Christmas holiday with you today. First let me say that Christmas for 15 kids is quite a feat, one that we couldn’t possibly pull off by ourselves. It truly takes a village to provide… Read more »