Housing, Shelter

PALMETTO PLACE CHILDRENS SHELTER

  • Columbia, SC
  • www.palmettoplaceshelter.org

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 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.

Main Programs

  1. Unaccompanied Youth
  2. Children's Shelter
Service Areas

Self-reported

South Carolina

South Carolina

ruling year

1964

Executive Director since 2012

Self-reported

Erin Hall

Director of Case Management

Self-reported

Jill Lawson

Keywords

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nonprofit, child care, shelter

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Also Known As

Palmetto Place Children's Shelter

EIN

57-6029097

 Number

8271504891

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The impact we've made on these residents is clear, they come back and visit, stay in touch with our house parents, and reach out when they need help overcoming obstacles in their paths.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Unaccompanied Youth

The Palmetto Place Unaccompanied Youth Program prepares homeless and unaccompanied youth to live independently and reach self-sufficiency. We provide food, housing, clothing and wraparound services for teens ages 15-21 in Richland and Lexington Counties. These teens are referred to the program by school social workers and partner agencies. Teens participating in this program are able to set long-term goals for employment and education and learn the life skills necessary for independence. Many of these residents come to Palmetto Place as a junior or senior in high school and stay though high school graduation. In addition, some of our residents are college students.

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$73,517

Program 2

Children's Shelter

The Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter is a safe haven for abused and neglected children of all ages from across the state of South Carolina. Our emergency shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and accepts children and teens who are in foster care through the SC Department of Social Services (DSS). Here, children are in a safe and nurturing environment and have access to after-school programs, tutoring, recreational and social activities. The broad range of service offered concentrate on personal healing and development and include medical attention, mental health care, crisis adjustment and transitional counseling. We accept placements through Department of Social Services.

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), At-risk youth

Connected to a Program?
Unaccompanied Youth
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Our residents are taught the appropriate way to maintain their personal health through proper hygiene, doctor appointments, and the importance of a healthy diet and staying active.

2. Number of children with a source of ongoing care

Target Population
Adolescents (13-19 years), At-risk youth, Victims and oppressed people

Connected to a Program?
Children's Shelter
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
Our residents receive on going care throughout their stay with us. This includes attending mental health appointments, having social outings, and having nightly bed checks conducted.

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our children's shelter aims to protect children who have been abused and neglected. We hope while in our care they learn to trust adults and those who care for them. We hope they are able to overcome the trauma they've faced though counseling and other mental health services.

    At our teen house, the goal is to help homeless and unaccompanied teens find self-sufficiency and independence through life-skills training, mentoring, and other support services.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We offer medical and mental health care for kids and teens of all ages to help them overcome and work through the trauma they've faced.

    At our teen house, we teach residents the skills they need to live independently in group and individual sessions.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have many community partners who assist in many different aspects. Together we are able to provide wraparound service and create a safety net and support system.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We track our residents progress towards goals in Apricot, a data reporting system. Monthly and quarterly we pull those reports to evaluate successes.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since the shelter was formed in 1977, more than 7,000 children and teens have called Palmetto Place home. Since we started our Unaccompanied Youth Program in 2012 we've provided shelter and services to 23 homeless teens.

    In 2016 we were able to expand both program bringing our total number of beds from 20 to 50. This will allow us to serve even more children and teens each year.
Service Areas

Self-reported

South Carolina

South Carolina

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Financials

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PALMETTO PLACE CHILDREN'S EMERGENCY SHELTER
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Leadership

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Executive Director

Erin Hall

Director of Case Management

Jill Lawson

BIO

Erin has more than 13 years experience in non-profit management, communications and marketing. She comes to Palmetto Place from the March of Dimes, where she served as Executive Director for the Midlands Division. She also spent five years at the National Association for Campus Activities as the Director of Marketing and Communications. Prior to that, she was the State Communications Director for the March of Dimes in South Carolina. Erin teaches pilates at the Northwest Columbia YMCA and at Grace United Methodist Church.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Marie Dieckmann

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?


RESPONSE NOT PROVIDED

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?