Update, Feb. 11, 2016: http://palmettoplaceshelter.org/?p=1432 As we hope you all know, Palmetto Place has big plans for expansion. For too many months, we've had to turn away between 15 and 20 children in need. We just don't have the space. In 2015 we launched our capital campaign, Saving More Children, in an effort to add more beds to our current shelter.

You may think tragic stories don't happen here in the Midlands, but they do. When police entered Anthony and Hailey's house, they were huddled together in a corner. They were surrounded by trash and drug paraphernalia - a parent was no where to be found. At Palmetto Place, Anthony and Hailey found a safe, nurturing home filled with love. Counseling helped them cope, and mentors helped them catch up in school and succeed.

Last fall we were pleased to announce we reached our $1 million campaign goal! We had no idea one of the largest challenges to this campaign would be finding a location to house our children and teens while the shelter is under renovation. After months of searching, we've finally found a location! We’ll be moving soon and construction will begin shortly after that.

The roots at Palmetto Place run deep. Since we opened our doors in 1977, more than 7,000 children and teens have called it home. This is where they got their first job or learned to drive. It’s where they made the honor roll and celebrated with ice cream. It’s where they experienced their first heartbreaks and cried on the shoulders of our staff. Their lives changed here. Now it’s time to welcome even more kids into our home. It’s time for us to grow. 

We wouldn’t be here today without our donors who continue to support our kids. Will you to join them? Will you say, “I’m here to help” to the most vulnerable children living right here in the Midlands? You can make a difference in a child's life by donating today!

We’re excited to be working with The Winkler Group, Lambert Architecture, Hood Construction and GMK Associates on this capital campaign, expansion and renovation. We’ll be sharing more details soon so be sure to check this page plus Facebook and Twitter. We encourage you to follow our progress on social media and share our wonderful news with family, friends, and neighbors.