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.
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:
The YRC staff members are advocates, support systems, and empowerment specialists. The team is led by YRC Director, Josh Crocker, who has more than a decade of experience working with youth and young adults. Josh has served in multiple roles at Pendleton Place since 2017, starting as a Youth Mentor at Smith House, our group foster care home for teens.
Services At a Glance:
- Independent Living Services
- Short-term Case Management
- Housing Assistance
- Street Outreach
The YRC offers SUPPORT, OUTREACH, and ACCESS to RESOURCES, which we use the acronym SOAR to represent. We use the 864 number, since we serve folks in the 864 area code. It is an easy way to remember what we do. You can find us on socials at @soar864.