It is our mission to provide a safe and supportive environment for children and teens who have faced abuse, abandonment, neglect and/or homelessness.



Palmetto Place was founded in 1977 as an emergency shelter for children who needed safe haven from child abuse and neglect. Our residential home has provided services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the last 40 years and more than 7,000 children have called our house their home. In 2016 we were able to expand our original home adding space for more children and teens who have faced abuse and neglect. We were also able to open a second location that serves the homeless teen and at-risk youth populations in the Midlands. Palmetto Place now has two houses and more than 50 beds for our state's most vulnerable children and teens. 


Children’s Shelter: 

The Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter has been a safe haven for abused and neglected children and teens from across the state of South Carolina for 40 years. Our emergency shelter has 30 beds 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. 

Unaccompanied Youth Program:

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 16-21 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 at least through high school graduation, although some residents are enrolled in college.

Basic Center Program:

The Palmetto Place Basic Center Program allows us to provide additional housing and wraparound services to homeless and unaccompanied teens in the Midlands. Teens in the Basic Center Program spend 21 days at the Palmetto Place teen house receiving crisis management, medical services, comprehensive case management, educational assistance and transitional housing options along with the creation of a safety net and support system. At the end of the 21-day assessment process, the Palmetto Place staff will be able to graduate teens to the organization’s independent living program, make referrals to mental health care facilities and reunite teens with family or provide other housing options.