Our Mission and Vision

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Our mission is to keep children safe and support families in crisis through prevention, assessment, and intervention.

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Our vision is that children and youth are safe, families are whole, and communities are strong.

Our Programs

Founded in 1975, Pendleton Place accomplishes comprehensive child welfare and family stabilization work through three key programs that protect, equip, and heal.

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Assessment Center

The Assessment Center, housed at and led by Pendleton Place, is a multi-agency evaluation center for families to identify root causes of neglect or abuse and establish recommendations for a plan to improve the well-being of children.

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Youth Resource Center

What is the Youth Resource Center?

Pendleton Place’s Youth Resource Center (YRC) provides a low-barrier space to meet the basic needs of young adults ages 17-24 experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Our model of service utilizes a youth-focused framework incorporating positive youth development, trauma-informed care, and economic mobility.

Services At a Glance:

      •  Drop-in Hours

      •  Independent Living Services
      •  Short-term Case Management
      •  Housing Assistance
      •  Mentoring
      •  Street Outreach

Why We Do What We Do:

According to the 2019 South Carolina State of Homelessness Report, 794 in South Carolina between ages 18-24 were counted as experiencing homelessness on a single night in January. Of those, 110 youth were in the Upstate of South Carolina. There is still so much stigma regarding homelessness today it can be difficult to imagine someone so young finding themselves experiencing it, but the truth of the matter is they are often hiding in plain sight. We find them doubled up in someone else’s home, couch surfing, staying on a relative’s property in shelter not meant for human habitation, or other various places. They need a safe place to go, and the YRC is just that.

Who We Are:

Josh possesses over twelve years of experience working with young adults. He is a fierce advocate of social equity & has spent his career working with the young adult population through higher education student development, foster care service providers, and local faith communities to support and facilitate holistic youth development. As the YRC Director, Josh employs all of his previous work experience and skills to ensure the YRC is an inclusive, welcoming environment where young adults can have their basic needs met & access supports. When he’s not at the YRC Josh can be found playing with his fur babies, enjoying the outdoors, getting lost in a good story, and eating lots of tacos.

Ashley is our Youth Housing Coordinator at Pendleton Place and also served as the primary social worker for the Youth Transitions Program. Youth Transitions serves ten clients at a time, and clients who complete the program have been successful in finding thier own housing or even securing their transitional housing unit for themselves! She was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work from USC – Columbia. Ashley enjoys spending weekends traveling, hiking, and visiting family and friends! Working with the refugee and immigrant community is a passion of hers and they are also her biggest inspiration in life because of their resilience and determination to succeed in life!

Through her time as a foster care caseworker at the Department of Social Services, Jordan developed a passion for helping children, youth and families. She has dedicated herself to advocacy for vulnerable populations and served as a youth mentor for several years. In her role as Youth Outreach Coordinator at the Youth Resource Center she uses her high-spirited personality to connect with youth on a meaningful level, working diligently to bridge the gap between her clients and resources they may be lacking. When she’s not at work Jordan likes to keep busy seeking out good music at live concerts, road tripping, running, yoga, or indulging her obsession for true crime.

Jimmy served in Americorps*VISTA as a youth services and technology coordinator as well as in the Peace Corps as a health teacher. Most recently, he spent 10 years at UCLA in HIV/AIDS health policy research. He is passionate about and volunteers countless hours for social justice, especially as it pertains to youth. Jimmy is the Youth Housing Coordinator assisting homeless youth identify, obtain and maintain housing. He has been to every continent but Antarctica but can’t swim.

Jocelyn is a South Carolina native who uses her keen eye of detail and assessment in her role as Independent Living Specialist. She is an academic who believes that our trainings must translate into how we care for our communities. From a young age, she has been primed toward advocacy and attempts to extend a neighborliness to all she meets. At the YRC, she draws on her six years of experience to help coordinate communities of support with the young adults who come into the space. When she is not at the YRC, Jocelyn is a homebody who is more than likely cooking a meal at her home, caring for her plants, or taking a nap. She is eagerly looking forward to her wedding in Fall 2021! 

For More Information:

Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions! Just reach out to us at yrc@pendletonplace.org.

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Smith House

Caring and trained professional staff members at Smith House provide a home for teen girls ages 12–21. In addition to basic needs like food and clothing, our residents are provided with counseling services, structured educational support, life skills training, financial literacy classes, civic engagement and other hands-on opportunities aimed at preparing these vulnerable youth for successful, independent living after foster care.

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