Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter is pleased to be the recipient of a $6,000 grant from the Parrish Family Foundation for yoga, music therapy and other shelter needs. With this grant, the kids at Palmetto Place will participate in yoga classes taught by Kyra Strasberg and music therapy classes with Key Changes Therapy Services. Younger children benefit from Hatha Yoga by incorporating stories, movement, animals and magic carpet rides to help the healing process after being abused or neglected. For older kids, yoga provides a safe place to thrive, while strengthening their connections with peers. Music therapy create opportunities for children to express and explore their emotions through a familiar medium in a safe environment. A board-certified music therapist will facilitate expression through music, which is, at times, impossible through words.

Providing alternative therapies reinforces our mission to help our kids focus on personal healing and development. Yoga and music therapy helps kids of all ages develop coping skills and learn ways to decrease stress. Learning to express feelings in new ways can also help our kids with family reunification.

The mission of the Parrish Family Foundation is to strengthen families in central South Carolina through grants to non-profit organizations that help children grow up in a safe, healthy and spiritually connected home.

Parrish Family check presentation

Marie Dieckmann, Palmetto Place Board President; Erin Hall, Palmetto Place Executive Director; Ed Parrish, Parrish Family Foundation