Savannah Dermatologist Presents Donations to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Low Country Dermatology held a holiday donation drive through Monday, December 21, in an effort to collect much needed supplies for the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire. Dr. Howington and her daughters presented the items collected to Bill Sorochak.

“Having been blessed with a healthy family, I can only imagine what the residents must be facing,” said Dr. Howington. “The holiday season is such a time for giving, and I am so thankful to my patients and our community who came together to help us spread some cheer to these deserving families.”

Donation items included: disinfectant wipes; individually wrapped snacks; paper plates and bowls; plastic utensils; toilet bowl cleaner; windex; white wash cloths; dreft Laundry detergent; the Free and Clear Laundry HE detergents; 60 watt light bulbs; and measuring cups.

“We aim to provide a ‘home away from home’ for families who live more than thirty miles away and who have a critically ill or injured child receiving treatment at one of the local hospitals,” said Bill Sorochak, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire’s Executive Director. “The items that Dr. Howington collected will help us support the thirteen bedroom house we run.”

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The house operates on a waiting list most of the year. For more information, visit http://www.rmhccoastalempire.org/about-our-house.html

ABOUT LOW COUNTRY DERMATOLOGY
Low Country Dermatology specializes in the treatment of adult and pediatric diseases of the skin, hair and nails. Dr. Corinne Howington is a board certified dermatologist, with expertise in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. Low Country Dermatology is located at 310 Eisenhower Dr. Suite 12A Savannah, GA 31406. For more information, visit lcderm.com.

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Mason Howington, Dr. Corinne Howington and Meg Howington (kneeling) drop off donated items to Bill Sorochak at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Mason Howington, Dr. Corinne Howington and Meg Howington (kneeling) drop off donated items to Bill Sorochak at the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Savannah Jaycees Present Check and Toy Donations to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

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Savannah Jaycees Present Check and Toy Donations to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

(SAVANNAH, GA) Members of the Savannah Jaycees presented $200 and a box full of toys to Staff Sergeant Riddle, the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Coordinator. The donations were collected at the Jaycees’ annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the Bryan, Chatham and Effingham Counties in Georgia, and Beaufort and Jasper Counties in South Carolina.

Staff Sergeant Riddle, U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Coordinator, said, “I am extremely honored the Jaycees have chosen the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots as the recipient of their annual holiday charity event. It means a great deal to our staff and all involved that the Jaycees have stepped up to help us.”

“We are all very grateful at the community support we received at our party. These donations will go to children who deserve a little Christmas cheer this time of the year,” said Cheryl Lawrence, president-elect of the Savannah Jaycees. “I hope this can serve as another example of who the Savannah Jaycees are, what our mission is and what work we strive to do in the the Savannah community.”

For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit savannahjaycees.com.

(LEFT to RIGHT) SSt. Riddle, Marine Toys for Tots; Lauren Matthews, Cheryl Lawrence and Will Gruver, with the Savannah Jaycees

Toy Donation from Savannah Jaycees

ABOUT THE SAVANNAH JAYCEES
The Savannah Jaycees received its Charter in January of 1942. Our mission: We inspire leadership growth through community involvement. The Jaycees is a national and international organization made of up business men and women between the ages of 21 and 40. The United States Jaycees was founded in 1920. The Jaycee vision is to be the leading global network of active young citizens. The Jaycees was created to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create a positive change. For more information on the Savannah Jaycees, visit http://www.savannahjaycees.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/savannah.jaycees?ref=br_tf

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Dewitt Tilton Group, a Commercial Construction Company, Opens in Savannah

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton are pleased to announce the opening of the Dewitt Tilton Group in Savannah, Ga. The commercial construction firm, located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, Ga 31404, manages every aspect of a project, from pre-construction to the final walk through.

With over 50 years of combined experience in the Coastal Georgia building industry, Dewitt and Tilton use only highly reputable, local contractors. Their hands-on approach also guarantees a much smoother construction process, generating savings on materials and labor, and delivering a quality product backed by proven builders.

“Each project requires individual attention to a client’s needs, budget and timeline,” said Tilton. “We intend to provide the highest level of service and the most cost effective solutions each and every time.”

Dewitt and Tilton are both Savannah natives and alumni of Benedictine Military School.

After high school, Dewitt received his BBA in Real Estate from the University of Georgia. He is also President of Dewitt, Cook & Associates, a full-service appraisal firm actively engaged in real estate valuation and consulting assignments. Dewitt is a certified appraiser in Ga. and S.C. and currently is a member of the Savannah Board of Realtors.

Tilton, a Georgia and South Carolina licensed commercial contractor, graduated with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving a BS degree in the field of Building Construction. After many years of experience with large construction firms outside the area, Tilton is pleased to return to Savannah with his family.

Dewitt said, “We are honored to be working and supporting the commercial industry and the Savannah community, which has been extremely generous to us over the years.”

For more information on the Dewitt Tilton Group, call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

MORE INFORMATION ON DEWITT TILTON GROUP
The Dewitt Tilton Group, a premier construction firm located in Savannah, Ga., specializes in commercial construction. The principals, Andrew Dewitt and Chris Tilton, have over 50 years of combined experience in the local construction industry. The firm manages every aspect of a commercial project from pre-construction to the final walk through. Known for using only highly reputable contractors, the Dewitt Tilton Group brings to the table design, engineering and construction capabilities which guarantees a smooth construction process for each client. The firm is located at 2807-A Roger Lacey Avenue, Savannah, GA 31404. For more information or to contact the Dewitt Tilton Group, please call 912.777.3404 or visit www.dewitttiltongroup.com

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Savannah Mall Featured Live Holiday Performance from Local Dance Group

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Mall welcomed performers from the Sankofa Center for the Arts. The one time holiday performance, Let There Be Peace on Earth, was free and open to the public.

“We were thrilled to offer this gift to the community during this hectic time of year,” said Savannah Mall General Manager Phil McConnell. “These talented performers offered a holiday wish for harmony through dance and music to our mall customers.”

The performance took place at Savannah Mall’s upper level in Dillard’s Court. At the event, donations were collected for Toys for Tots and the Sankofa Center Wish List.

Since June 2013, Sankofa Center for the Arts has been offering the Savannah area a wide variety of dance and movement classes taught by professional and experienced dancers for every age group and level. They include African, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Liturgical, Zumba, Yoga, and Seniors’ Fitness.

ABOUT SAVANNAH MALL
Originated in 1990, the Savannah Mall, located at 14045 Abercorn St., features anchor stores Bass Pro Shops, Dillard’s, Target, Burlington Coat Factory and A.C. Moore. The 960,000-square-foot, two-level mall is also home to Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Gymboree, Game Stop, Champs, Hibbet Sporting Goods, Kay Jewelers, Shoe Dept., Zales Jewelers, Rue 21, Cato, Savannah Piano, Fitness Emporium, Relentless Records and Vapors Smoke Shop. Virginia College offers a variety of classes in areas such as cosmetology, medical billing, culinary arts, business, healthcare and more. The Savannah Mall’s Food Court features Chick-fil-A, Savannah Gyro, Sbarro Italian Eatery, China Max, Sakkio Japan, Cajun Café, American Deli and Subway. Other dining options at the mall include Ruby Tuesdays and Texas Roadhouse, along with Savannah Candy Co., Cold Stone Creamery, the Nuts About Savannah and Dough Boys. The Savannah Mall has a double-decker carousel in the Food Court and soft play area on the lower level for children. For leasing information, contact Becky Orsi, marketing/specialty leasing manager at 912.927.9663 or borsi@urbanretail.com. For more information about the Savannah Mall, call 912.927.7467 or visit www.savannahmall.com. Find the Savannah Mall on Twitter at at @savannahmall.

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CHUCK A PUCK – CALLING FOR VOLUNTEERS

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Chuck-A-Puck is a new tradition during the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic. The object of the game is to throw a puck onto the ice from the stands and try to get your puck as close to the on-ice targets as possible. Contestants will have an opportunity to participate between the 2nd and 3rd periods of the 8:30 p.m. game on Friday, January 15 and the 8:30 p.m. game on Saturday, January 16. Volunteers are needed to help sell pucks during the games. Proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association’s Kiss-A-Pig campaign. For more information or to volunteer, contact the KAP campaign chair, Charles Bowen of The Bowen Law Group at cbowen@thebowenlawgroup.com.

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Teens In Trouble: Raising Awareness For Youth Homelessness

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Teens In Trouble: Raising Awareness For Youth Homelessness
By Linda Hilts

Together, the words youth and homeless may seem out of place to you. But did you know that every year in the United States there is an estimated 1.8 – 2.1 million homeless children living on the streets.

Homeless youth are children under the age of eighteen who lack parental, foster, or other care services. The number continues to rise and the lower end of the age range continues to drop each year. Children as young as eleven are now living on the streets.

For most of us, it’s unfathomable how this could happen but the causes are deep-rooted, multilayered and extremely complicated. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a large number of homeless children interviewed reported that their parents told them to leave or knew they were leaving and did not care.

The reasons for escaping a traumatic home life include physical and mental abuse, economic problems, and overall neglect. In addition, many homeless children suffer from depression, substance abuse and anxiety disorders. As you might imagine, these young people are susceptible to teen pregnancy and criminal activity, leading to a continual cycle of abuse.

The Savannah area is not immune to the cycle of homelessness. In Chatham County, 54% of homeless are men, 28% female, 10% female youth, and 8% male youth.

Approximately 125 to 150 youth (residential and non-residential) are served each year through Park Place Outreach. The capacity of the shelter is 12 at any given time, with four beds reserved to guarantee that no child in need of emergency shelter is ever turned away. Park Place Outreach also provides comprehensive outreach services designed to prevent incidents of running away and homelessness. Through these outreach efforts, Park Place Outreach reaches approximately 2,600 youth each year.

Since opening in 1984, PPO has served over 6,200 youth. Last year, in 2014, Park Place Outreach provided shelter for 84 residents, 41 non – residential clients, 41 non-residential families and served 6,298 meals plus two snacks per day.

The ultimate goal for Park Place Outreach and most youth shelters across the country is to provide a safe and loving environment with hopes of reunifying families.

According to the First Focus Campaign for Children, the number of homeless students in the U.S. increased by 8% in the school year 2014-15 from the previous academic period. And here at home, these numbers are also rising. Savannah Chatham Public School System reported that there were 975 students experiencing homelessness in the 2013-14 academic year.

Recall for yourself how difficult it was surviving the middle and high school years. Add to that the struggles of being abandoned by your parents or running away from home and you have a recipe for complete despair. Most young people want to blend in and look like everyone else around them, causing as little attention to themselves as possible. This desire to mask their reality makes it even more difficult for schools to identify homeless students.

Public schools are required to ensure homeless students have access to a free public education. Fortunately, students are allowed to stay in their “home” school and transportation must be provided to that school. But this transportation cost quickly consumes most of the funding set aside for youth homelessness. Federal funding is based on the number of students identified as homeless which makes it critical to know how many students are living on the streets or in shelters.

Organizations such as Park Place Outreach play a vital role in filling the gap for services needed for these troubled teens and children. The local shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a primary goal of supporting children in need.

In 2014, the National Runaway Safeline reported 130 inbound and 71 outbound calls for the 912 area code. This is a community-wide epidemic that is not going away easily. And if not supported, these young people will become part of the adult homeless population and another statistical representation of this destructive cycle affecting families. Support and education are the two primary tools we can use in the fight against homelessness. To learn more about youth homeless or how you can help make a difference here at home, visit www.parkplaceyes.org

Linda K. Hilts is the Executive Director at Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter. Hilts can be reached at 912-234-4048.

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Savannah Youth Emergency Shelter Benefits From Boy Scouts Fundraiser

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter was presented a $11,941 check from the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America on Tuesday, December 15. The donation is a portion of the monies raised during the Boy Scouts’ 2nd annual “Over the Edge” fundraiser.

The annual scouting event is open to anyone who is willing to rappel eleven stories from the Manger Building in Historic Downtown Savannah. This year’s rappelling took place on Halloween and all funds raised directly support the local Boy Scouts inner city scouting program and other area non-profits such as the youth shelter.

Park Place Outreach operates the only youth shelter in Savannah and Chatham County. The 12 bed shelter is open year round, 24 hours a day and is free of charge for young people in need.

“We are so fortunate to have meaningful partnerships with area organizations such as the Boy Scouts,” said Linda Hilts, Park Place Outreach’s Executive Director. “This donation directly supports young boys and girls in need and at risk here at home.”

Park Place Outreach Receives Check from Boy Scouts of America

CAPTION: (LEFT to RIGHT) Linda Hilts, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach; Jack Levine, Board President of Park Place Outreach; Tom Cardiff, Scout Executive of Coastal Georgia Council.

MORE INFORMATION ON PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, located at 514 E. Henry St., provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves into this shelter. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter is an equal opportunity provider and employer. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, the Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook.

For more information, contact:
Linda Hilts, Executive Director
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter
912-234-4048
hiltssrh@aol.com
http://parkplaceyes.org
Facebook: Search for “Park Place Outreach”

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