Survival

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 »

Palmetto Place is Family

Monday evenings are my favorite time during the work week because all of our teens pile into my office (and eat all of my candy) to tell me about their weekend and funny stories – along with the dozens of needs they each have for the week. Last Monday, as they were telling me about… Read more »

Sharing Samantha’s Story

One of our volunteers put together a video about one of our former residents, Samantha, and her journey from homelessness to success. We are so proud of Samantha and all of her hard work! Samantha came to us during her senior year in high school. She had been living with her family in a church’s… Read more »

Learning New Names

I learn so much more from Palmetto Place than I will ever be able to teach. This proves itself to me time and time again, particularly when I need a reminder of what’s important (and thank you, God, for those reminders). This week’s lesson was about learning names. We have wonderful houseparents and other staff… Read more »

An Inside Look at Palmetto Place

Today’s post comes from Victoria Infinger, our communications intern.   You’ve heard our mission statement: 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… Read more »

Home Is Where Your… Wait. Where is “home”?

By Jill Lawson. In addition to providing case management and adjustment counseling for Palmetto Place residents, Jill is a high school social worker, where she works mostly with at-risk students. You’ve heard the phrase many times: “Home is where your heart is.” I know I use the word “home” multiple times a day, but recently I’ve been… Read more »

The Power of A Good Night’s Sleep

By Erin Hall, Executive Director Take just a moment with me and think about sleep. Think about your bed: sheets that smell like clean laundry, a great pillow, a warm quilt, maybe a fluffy comforter. Most nights I sleep pretty well. I wake up early when I’m stressed about kids or something else work related…. Read more »

The Life of a Potato

Today’s post is from Jill Lawson, our counselor, who always finds amazing creative ways to help our kids. What better way to start a group on Diversity with our residents than to get creative with a sack of potatoes. Our kids all have an array of life stories – different ways they grew up, different… Read more »