National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week


National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness. H&H week offers the chance to contribute to a national social movement.


Did you know that last year there were more than 200 homeless teens in the Midlands? Palmetto Place is one of the only shelters in the state that has a clean bed, a warm meal, and the loving support these teens desperately need. When you make a donation to Palmetto Place, you are giving a teen hope.

I’d like you to meet Marcus. Marcus is 17 years old, barely keeping up in his junior year of high school, and worries about where he’s going to sleep tonight. He knows if he goes home he’ll have to face his abusive mother. If he goes to his aunt’s house she’ll make him pay to sleep on the couch for the night. And if he goes to his friends they’ll likely get him in trouble. Marcus has nowhere to go, and no one to turn to for help.

Marcus is just like many of the residents at Palmetto Place who faced homelessness, abandonment, or abuse. Here he’ll not only get a warm bed and nutritious meal, he’ll get the support he needs to catch up in school and graduate. We help teens just like Marcus get a drivers license, a first job, and even apply to college. We help teens like Marcus find their path out of poverty, but we know we wouldn’t be able to do this without the support of our community.

You can help teens just like Marcus; teens who have no one to turn to and nowhere to go. To make a donation, visit


November Needs

The holidays are around the corner. It’s the time of year for great food, time with family or friends, and giving back to your community! Here are the things we need most this month. Will you help collect these items?


Children’s Shelter Needs:

Shaving cream


Winter coats (teen and adult sizes)

Gel for all types of hair

Shampoo and Conditioner for African American Hair

Hair grease

Hair brushes

Hair straightening iron


Teen House Needs:

Twin sheets

To schedule a pickup or donation drop off please call 803-786-6819 or email Thank you for your support!

October Needs

Can you believe it’s already October? Neither can we! Our first month running two shelters went smooth and we are confident that it’s a sign for the great times to come! Two shelters does mean twice as many needs though, so here we go. Can you help us collect these items?

Teen House Needs:

Knife Set
Large Casserole Dishes
Large/XL Soup Pans
Water Bottles
Shampoo and Conditioner- Prefer brands for ethnic hair
Laundry Soap- Prefer unscented and dye free
Twin Sheet Sets
Twin Comforters
Women’s Underwear- Sizes Medium, Large and XL
Men’s Boxers- Size Medium and Large
Fleece Jackets- All Sizes, Men and Women

Children’s Shelter Needs:

Plastic Plates
Plastic Bowls
Plastic Cups
Bar Soap
Laundry Soap
Twin Sheet Sets
Pillow Cases
Twin Comforters
Fleece Jackets- Boys and Girls Sizes Small, Medium, and Large
Board Games
Playing Cards
Radio/CD Player
Pre-lit Christmas Tree

General Needs:

Paper Towel
Paper Plates
Toilet Paper
Plastic Utensils
Laundry Soap
After School Snacks- Individually packed


Email to schedule a pick up or drop off. Thanks!

Our “New” Old House

We moved in last week and the elementary and middle school kids are so happy! There are two little boys who lived there at the beginning of the year and were very excited to be back in their old rooms. One of our girls lived with us a couple of years ago and came back to live with us at our other location a few months ago. She knew exactly where she was at the renovated house last week and did cartwheels in her old room. The kids are proud of their home and love showing it off to everyone who comes to visit!

About the new house – the space itself is not only beautiful but functional. The open kitchen leading to the spacious dining room and the living room – it’s a dream come true. The light is wonderful. The wide hallways give us room for a chair and a desk – quiet space and work space. The colors of the house are so warm and inviting.

One of my favorite things, though, is the detail. The stairs – I can’t find the words to tell you how beautiful those stairs are. The woodwork – truly amazing. Everyone has commented on the woodwork and the thought that went into recreating the original moldings from 1886. The French doors between the living and dining rooms – well, in the words of one houseparent, “They put the French doors back in!” Nope, I had no idea there were French doors in that house years ago.

We’ve already grown in terms of numbers of kids and there are many more kids to come. It’s so nice to say “yes, we can take this child into our home,” instead of “no, we’re full.”

Thank you for your support and all you continue to do for our kids. Thank you for caring about them and believing in our vision and ability to care for kids, to heal them and give them a better life. This is truly a special time for Palmetto Place. If you haven’t given yet and would like to make a contribution to #SavingMoreChildren, please click here.

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Value of Volunteer Hours

This week I was reading a really interesting article about the value placed on volunteer hours and it got me thinking, “I wonder what the value is for the volunteers at Palmetto Place?” So, I got to work. I started by tracking all the volunteers who have come to the shelter to work with the kids so far this year. Now, I’m pretty good at keeping track of those who were scheduled to come in, but not so much for volunteers who dropped in last minute or groups where I didn’t have the exact number of members attending. So my estimate on number of volunteers is low at over 100. Next I added up how many hours each volunteer spent at the shelter. To my surprise, I found that we had SO many volunteers who do SO many different things for the shelter! From January 1st to September 15th we’ve logged more than 550 volunteer hours!

Now that I knew the number of volunteers we had and how many hours they served, I was ready to relate it back to the statistics. It’s very difficult to put a dollar value on volunteer time because volunteers provide many intangibles that can not be easily quantified. For example, volunteers demonstrate the amount of support an organization has within a community, provide work for short periods of time, and provide support on a wide range of projects. Based on this article by Independent Sector, in South Carolina each volunteer hour was worth $21.14 in 2015. It states that:

The value of volunteer time is based on the hourly earnings (approximated from yearly values) of all production and non-supervisory workers on private non-farm payrolls average (based on yearly earnings provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) for the national average. Independent Sector indexes this figure to determine state values and increases it by 12 percent to estimate for fringe benefits.

I’ve done the math and checked it twice, finally I had the answer to my question. So far this year, the volunteers at Palmetto Place are valued at more than $11,000! So, the next time you think volunteering won’t make a difference, remember that your time is invaluable to the organizations you give it to.


If this has inspired you to get involved, you can find all of our volunteer opportunities here. I’ve also included a few of my personal favorites below.

Super Suppers-

Would you like to have a dinner date with the children of Palmetto Place? We would love to have you! Individuals and groups are encouraged to bring a ready-to-eat meal and have dinner with the kids. We ask that you arrive early enough to serve supper between 6 and 6:30 pm, and that groups be limited to no more than 10 adults. Help us meet our nutrition standards by including one meat, at least one vegetable, and one fruit in your meal. We will provide drinks. Additional items, such as dessert, are guest’s choice! But please, no sodas, pizza, or too-spicy foods. You can also leave your cookware at home—we’ve got plenty.

Another option for Super Suppers is to deliver either a ready to eat or frozen meal to the teen house. Because our teens stay busy with after school activities and part time jobs we can not guarantee they will be home in time for dinner and give them the option to warm up left overs. Volunteers who would like to donate meals to the teen house can stay, but are encouraged to drop-off instead.

Hair Volunteers-

The young ladies living at Palmetto Place need your help! Some of the residents were never taught basic hygiene tips or how to maintain beautiful, healthy ethnic hair. We appreciate those willing to volunteer time and talents to do weaves, sew-ins, and braids, but also need volunteers to teach our residents how to care for their hair once it’s done. We are also looking for hair care items, that complete list can be found here.

Sponsor a Kid at the Fair-

This is my personal favorite! Our kids are like every other kid in the state and look forward to the state fair all year long. For many, they’ve never had a chance to go, or if they have they’ve never been on the rides or tasted a deep fried Oreo. This year we are looking for special sponsors who would like to purchase fair food and wristbands. Most days of the year we keep our kids on a healthy diet, but the fair is something special. The fair is not the same unless you can ride in the Ferris Wheel and walk through a spooky house, so we are also looking for sponsors to donate wristbands. Sponsoring one child’s wristband is $35. Sponsoring a wristband and meal for one child is $50. There are more than 40 children at Palmetto Place who need sponsors!


There are man more volunteer opportunities online, these are just a few of my favorites. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for Palmetto Place please email our Project Coordinator at






September Needs

We hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend! Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies last month, the kids are off to a great start for another school year. Construction is done, the kids are packed to move back in to the original house, and there are just a few monthly needs we have for this month.


  • We still need four calculators for our teens in high school and college. The calculators they can use are: TI-83, TI-84, or TI-84 CE
  • After School Snacks
  • Paper Plates
  • Solo Cups
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • 1 Tension Rod for the Bathroom
  • Laundry Detergent (free of dyes and scents)
  • 1 Basic Household Toolbox
  • Adult Underwear (boys and girls sizes medium and large)

If you have the ability to and are interested in supporting one of this month’s needs, thank you! If you’re looking for volunteer opportunities click here, or click here to make a donation! 

 September Needs

Pitching for Palmetto Place

Join TopGun Sports of the Midlands for “QUADRUPLE PERK WEEKEND” baseball tournament and donation drive for Palmetto Place November 5th and 6th!

For more information click here or email Renee Platt.


November 5-6

2016 Top Gun “Carolina’s Showdown” Quadruple Perk Weekend

CLICK HERE for Palmetto Place Information


$1,500.00 in Free Paid Berths and $1,900.00 in Awards and Prizes

Three (3) Free Paid Berths to the Summer Nationals Championships, Winter World Series, and Winter National Championships.

No number of teams per bracket required from Top Gun for Award and Prizes. Bracket Maximum is 6 teams per Bracket, which means More Winners and More Free Paid Berths for our teams. Top Gun always gives Trophies to Champions and Runner Up Teams. Perk Prizes are always in addition to our Great Trophy Packages. 

This event will also be a Benefit Tournament for “Palmetto Place” to help abused and neglected children in our community.

Please bring a item from our wish list, Paper Products, Laundry Detergent, After School Snacks, Gallon Freezer Bags, Antibacterial Hand Soap, Deodorant, Plastic Utensils, etc.

Top Gun will donate 100 Top Gun Score Books to the first 100 Donations to the event.

Top Gun “Batting Gloves” to all Winning Teams, and Phiten Necklaces” to all Winning and Runner Up Teams.

All teams entered will receive a Free Top Gun Coaches Bucket, and Three (3) Free Top Gun Coaches T-Shirts.

Extra Award for all Champion and Runner Up teams all Brackets all Ages A Top Gun  Commemorative Wooden Bat.

$1,500.00 Free Paid Berth to the 2017 Summer Nationals and 2016 Winter Nationals and 2017 Winter World Series. Spring Zone Activation Required for Summer Nationals Free Paid Berth & Fall Zone Activation Required for Winter Berths. Batting Gloves for all Winners, and Phitens for Winners and Runner Ups.
2 – Day Perk (4 Game)
Columbia, SC
Caughman Road Park – 2800 Trotter Road Hopkins, SC 29061
Renee Platt – 803-463-0246



We had such a great response at the September “Battle of the Bats” donation drive. We can’t wait to finish up the season the same way! If you are interested in bring an item from our wishlist you can find it here.

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Tax-Free Weekend helps Benefit Palmetto Place

Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter hosted a donation drive over the state’s Tax-Free weekend, bringing in enough school supplies to fill backpacks for 20 children.

“We had so many groups and individuals from across the midlands out there collecting supplies for us last weekend. When we asked the community for support, they responded with such excitement and generosity.” says Grace Bennett, Project Coordinator at the shelter, “It’s nice to know there are people looking out for our kids and want to make sure they have everything they need to be successful this year.”

Groups like Females in Action, or FiA, encouraged their members to collect supplies for the shelter and bring them to their meetings. Bethlehem Baptist Church’s Missionary Circle went above and beyond and in addition to collecting school supplies also collected personal hygiene items and created gift bags with towels, toothbrushes, shampoo’s and more.

If you’re looking to get involved and help out foster children living in your community, visit their Facebook page

Palmetto Place is a home for abused and neglected children and homeless teens from across the state of South Carolina. They provide a safe and nurturing environment where children have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities. They offer a broad range of services that concentrate on personal healing and development including medical attention, mental health care, crisis adjustment and transitional counseling.

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To find out how you can help, visit or call 803-748-2357.

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 the Internet, and given a chance to flourish within and outside their communities. Because of this, the younger generation is not just presently affecting our world but will affect the future too.

Across the world, countries are recognizing the importance of nourishing and growing young citizens into successful adults. Success is not only rated by money and accomplishment but also by happiness and quality of life. Because of this, it is now becoming more and more important to children a solid foundation of values, respect and structure. According to a 2012 study by Princeton University, youth who have adverse childhood experiences, such as physical or sexual abuse, abandonment, and emotional and physical neglect, have a higher risk of depression and suicide attempts and are more likely to have multiple sexual partners, sexually transmitted diseases. This same study says these children are more likely to turn to cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. The authors of Does Child Abuse Cause Crime? find that child maltreatment roughly doubles the probability that an individual engages in many types of crime.

So how do you fix this growing epidemic? This is the question children’s shelters are answering across the nation. According to a report by Paxson and Waldfogel (1999, 2002) abuse and neglect are more common in families and communities of lower socioeconomic status. In neighborhoods like these, when programs for children are implemented and these kids have a safe place to turn to they are more likely to succeed. The positive influence children’s shelters have is spread beyond their residents and into the communities they serve.

The residents at Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter are just like thousands of other foster children throughout the United States who are looking for a safe and nurturing environment where they have the ability to succeed. Here they are able to play after school sports, join clubs, and get part time jobs. They get homework help and medical and mental health care. Our teens learn independent living sills so they are prepared to live on their own after leaving Palmetto Place. They’re surrounded by positive influences who want to see that child or teen be the best versions of themselves.

So how can you get involved in showing these kids they can succeed on this International Youth Day? Making a donation to a local children’s shelter like Palmetto Place is the best way to show these children you care. Here your dollar goes farther, we are tax exempt and often get reduced prices and discounts at stores. Another way you can help is by hosting a donation drive and collecting items from our wish list. The same items that are on your grocery list are on ours, just in a much larger quantity. Check our webpage for volunteer opportunities and other ways you can help out!



2016 Golf Tournament

Did you know that there are children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected living right here in your community? Last year, in Richland County there were almost 1,000 reported cases of child abuse and neglect. Some of those children may be living at Palmetto Place right now.

As part of our community, we would like to invite you to show these children and teens your support by attending our annual Golf Tournament and Silent Auction Party on October 16th & 17th, 2016!

Save the Date

We hope you will join us on Sunday, October 16th at The Windermere Club for a night of music, food, raffle prizes and our silent auction. Come back on Monday, October 17th to participate in our annual golf tournament for the chance to win some great prizes!

Ticket information:

Tickets to Sunday night’s party are $40 each or $75 for couples. To purchase individual tickets to the Golf Tournament Party, click hereTo purchase couples’ tickets to the Golf Tournament Party, click hereAttire for Sunday: For men, anything from khakis & polos to suits! Women – casual dresses to cocktail dresses – an array of everything!

Golf teams consist of 4 players You can register a whole team or each individual golfer at a time. To register for the golf tournament click hereParticipants will receive a golf shirt(or similar item), lunch, access to the open bar and will be eligible for great prizes.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, October 16, 2016
6 – 9 pm               Hors d’oeuvres and Silent Auction at The Windermere Club featuring our musical guest Not Even Brothers

Monday, October 17, 2016
9 – 9:30 am         Range opens for practice
10 am                    Tournament begins (box lunches to be delivered along the course)
2 – 3 pm               Golfers finish; Awards presentation


Chef Vinnie Livoti – 50/50 meatball with Indian Spiced Yogurt Dip (half ground beef and mushrooms), Pork Bell with Bourbon Maple Glaze served with Poblano Avocado Slaw, and Coffee and Cocoa Rubbed Flank Steak over Red Mashed Potato with Stout Demi-Glaze

Chef Ryan Whitaker – Gnocchi with local pork belly and butternut squash.

Chef Dave Grillo – Chipotle Chicken Salad Dip and Chocolate Ancho Brownies

Chef Chris Hyler– Shrimp and Grits


This event, and the work we are able to do in community, would not be possible without our generous sponsors.

Eagle Sponsors:

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Birdie Sponsors: 


Team Sponsors: 

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Hole Sponsors: 


Bar Sponsors:



For information on becoming a sponsor please email


Our musical guests, Not Even Brothers, is Pat Phillips and Guy Workman. Their driving acoustic guitars, tight harmonies and unusual mix or original songs and obscure classics has set them apart from other “Top 40” style bands. They know when to be soft and mellow with acoustic guitar and flute or drive the dance floor with full percussion, LED Lighting, rhythm and lead guitars. For more info on Not Even Brothers visit:

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