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:
- Independent Living Services
- Short-term Case Management
- Housing Assistance
- 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. 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!
Massiel is our Youth Case Coordinator for the YRC. She was born in Panama, Central America, bilingual (Spanish-speaking), and has lived in Greenville since she was two years old. Massiel has years of experience working with the youth in the school systems, in youth advocacy working with their emotional and mental needs and working with all populations in the court systems. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Southern Wesleyan and currently in their grad program to obtain her Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Massiel is passionate about learning and understanding other cultures to better serve everyone with equitable resources for continuous growth. On her free time, she enjoys traveling, dining out, cultural events, and live music.
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.
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