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Pendleton Place transforms the garage into a new youth outreach center

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Caroline) – A Greenville center for youth in need is expanding in a new building.

Since July 2019, Pendleton Place Youth Resource Center has been meeting the basic life needs of young people aged 17-24, who are homeless and have likely been affected by abuse, neglect and trauma. . The center provides immediate safety to homeless youth and provides basic needs such as showers, laundry, food, assessments, housing coordination, case management, education and employment opportunities. This includes people with disabilities.

The center has partnered with Leadership Greenville Class 48 and the Chamber of Commerce to renovate a garage into a hangout space where young people can watch movies, play board games, connect, recharge, entertain support from their peers and participate in awareness programs. It’s called Dee’s Place,” in honor and memory of Dee, who had a heart for those without a home.

They raised over $100,000 and led the way in March. And the staff helped a lot to make that happen.

Youth Resource Center director Joshua Crocker says they were outgrowing their other space.

“The first year we started services, we saw about 60 kids that year,” Crocker said, “and we have more than double that, last year, in our third year. And so, I don’t know what to attribute the growth to. I don’t know if it’s a matter of more young people on the streets, if it’s been made worse by the pandemic, or if it’s just a matter of who we are and what we do.

One of their clients says:

Crocker says he’s excited about the new possibilities at Dee’s Place. He says about half of their clients are street homeless and the other half are couch surfing, sleeping on friends’ couches – bouncing from house to house.

“This main space is more focused on case management and access to basic needs. It will be a space where we can really focus on building relationships with our people. This is one of the most critical elements of their long-term success.

The main space can accommodate around 16 people comfortably. They can host clients for up to 18 months. The center is at full capacity, serving approximately 120 people this fiscal year.

Pendleton Place needs toiletries and hygiene products, such as deodorant and toothpaste. If you are interested in donating items, money or your time, visit their website hereto learn more.

You can find the center at 1139 Pendleton Street.