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 Palmettoplaceshelter.org/donate.