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Palmetto Place Shelter

Palmetto Place was founded in 1977 by the members of the Junior Woman’s Club of Columbia (JWC). In the early 1970s they became aware of the unique needs and tragic stories of abused and neglected children who needed support and created a plan to help. In June 1976, a special meeting of the club was called, and the membership voted unanimously for its new project, Youth Resources. By January 1977, a home was purchased in Columbia, and Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter was born in April 1977. Since the shelter was founded, more than 7,000 of the Midlands abused, neglected and abandoned children have found a safe, nurturing home at Palmetto Place.

In 2012 there was another population who needed support, homeless teens. That year they began their Unaccompanied Youth Program with one teen and shortly after reserved four beds for homeless youth with nowhere else to go. In the last four years they have helped 23 homeless teens become self-sufficient and find independence. The impact they’ve made on these residents is clear, they come back and visit, stay in touch with their house parents, and reach out when they need help overcoming obstacles in their paths.

More information can be found here:

Items that can be used at Palmetto Place on a continuing basis are:

  • After School snacks
  • Toilet Paper (2 ply please)
  • Paper Towels
  • Window cleaner
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Automatic dishwasher tablets/liquid
  • Liquid hand soap
  • Laundry soap (ALL packets are best)
  • Fabric softener dryer sheets (no scent/no dyes)
  • Spray fabric finish (no scent/no dyes)
  • Spray Stain remover (no scent/no dyes)
  • Scrubbing bubbles (bathroom cleaner)
  • Clorox toilet bowl pads
  • Lysol Toilet bowl cleaner
  • SOS pads
  • Paper dinner napkins
  • Air Fresheners
  • Liquid Plumber/ drain cleaner
  • Dish Washer cleaning tablets
  • Washing Machine cleaning tablets (no scent/no dyes)
  • Gallon & Quart & sandwich size Ziploc bags
  • Gift Cards