Bank of America Awards $12,500 Grant to Park Place Outreach

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The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $12,500 grant to the Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter for operational and program expenses. Park Place Outreach operates the only shelter in Savannah and Chatham County that serves kids and teenagers ages 11–17, and all services are provided free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school. The staff also offers family counseling with follow-up visits after a resident returns home, as well as non-resident services that include an after-school tutorial and drop-in center, recreational services and after-care services. The Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., is open 24 hours a day and offers a safe and loving environment to homeless, abused and runaway kids and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 17.

“Thanks to Bank of America, troubled teens who have nowhere else to turn can count on Park Place Outreach for shelter, food, clothing and counseling,” said Executive Director Julie Wade. “The money will be used for operational expenses in providing residential and non-residential services to these youth as well as counseling services for parents.”

The grant will help bridge a gap created by the loss of federal grants that have funded the organization’s street outreach team. The program includes adult and teen counselors who go onto the streets to talk with homeless kids about the help available to them through Park Place Outreach.

“These kids need help, and Park Place Outreach offers emergency shelter and provides the support they need to transition back home, to move in with other family members or to receive foster care,” said Patrick O’Neil, Savannah market president for Bank of America. “This grant is part of our broader work to help individuals and families have more secure futures as we help drive sustainable growth in the Savannah economy.”

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Savannah Receives Grant

Pictured left to right: Chris Sotus, Resident Director for Merrill Lynch presented a $12,500 check from Bank of America to Julie Wade, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter.

ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 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 kids and teenagers between the ages of 11 and 17 a safe and loving environment. Homeless, abused or runaway teenagers can self-admit themselves.

The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come into the shelter.

Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families. With the generous support of local organizations and individuals, Park Place Outreach has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs. Park Place Outreach is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org or join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street 
Savannah, GA. 31401 
912-234-4048 Fax: 912-651-3621 
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912-856-9075

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Receives $5,000 Grant

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is the recipient of a $5,000 grant award from Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. to be used for operational and program expenses. The Shelter, located at 514 East Henry Street, is open 24 hours a day and offers a safe and loving environment to homeless, abused and runaway teenagers between the ages of 11 and 17.

“Thanks to Gulfstream’s support, we will be able to provide shelter, food, clothing and counseling for troubled teens who have nowhere else to turn,” said Park Place Outreach Executive Director Linda Hilts. “The funds will be used to carry on with the operational expenses of providing residential and non-residential services for these youth as well as counseling services for parents.”

Park Place Outreach operates the only shelter in Savannah and Chatham County serving youth age 11 to 17. All services are provided free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school. The staff also offers family counseling with follow-up visits after a resident returns home, as well as non-resident services including an after-school tutorial and drop-in center, recreational services and after-care services.

Since opening in 1984, over 6200 at-risk youth have been served by the organization. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

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. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the 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 join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

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O.C. Welch Donates $10,000 Toward A New Van For Park Place Outreach

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(LEFT TO RIGHT) O.C. Welch III, President of O.C. Ford and Lincoln; DaShauna Kimble, PPO Sr. Case Manager; and Stephanie Williams, PPO Night House Manager, stand in front of the new Ford Transit.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter recently received a $10,000 donation from O.C. Welch III toward the purchase of a Ford Transit vehicle. The brand new, nine-passenger Ford vehicle replaces the shelter’s decade-old van.

“Safe and reliable transportation is a crucial component for keeping our program on track,” said Linda Hilts, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach.

In addition to providing a safe place to stay, the shelter transports young people to and from school, doctor’s appointments and a variety of other places on a daily basis.

Welch said, “I know how vital this organization is to the youth in Savannah and I was more than pleased to donates funds toward a new van.”

Pictured in front of the Ford Transit are (L to R): O.C. Welch III, President of O.C. Ford and Lincoln; DaShauna Kimble, Sr. Case Manager; and Stephanie Williams, Night House Manager.

Park Place Outreach operates the only shelter in Savannah and Chatham County serving youth age 11 to 17 and all services are provided free, including a safe, secure place to stay along with meals and transportation to and from school. Since opening in 1984, over 6200 at-risk youth have been served by the organization. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

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. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the 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 join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.999

Savannah’s Youth Emergency Shelter, Park Place Outreach, receives $1000 grant from Publix Super Markets Charities

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(SAVANNAH, GA) Publix Super Markets Charities awarded Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter with a $1,000 grant in support of their community outreach efforts. The grant money will be used to continue to provide runaway, homeless and at-risk youth with the counseling and services they require.

“We are so grateful for the generous support of Publix Super Markets Charities,” said Linda Hilts, Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter’s executive director. “We can’t thank them enough for helping us combat the challenges facing our community and ensuring that we will have the ability to continue the work that we do.”

According to the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless’ most recent homeless count in 2014, there are 3,997 homeless persons including 717 children and youth, 1127 women and 2153 men, 285 of which are veterans. This count does not include more than 800 homeless children enrolled in the public schools as they do not meet HUD definition of homeless but are considered homeless under the public school system.

Opened in 1984, the shelter, open 24 hours a day, offers youth, between the ages of 11 and 17, a safe and loving environment. With the generous support of local organizations such as Publix Super Markets Charities, Park Place Outreach Shelter has helped over 6,000 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org

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Linda Hilts

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. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the 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 join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Linda K. Hilts
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards $12K Grant to Park Place Outreach

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Inc. presented Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter (PPO) with a $12,500 grant to support the organization’s ongoing efforts to improve life for homeless, abused and runaway youth and their families in the Savannah community.

“Connecting at-risk youth in Savannah to the resources offered by Park Place is critical to the overall success of our community,”, said Chris Sotus, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and board member of Park Place. “Bank of America’s philanthropic investments help strengthen Savannah by partnering with local organizations to address the pressing issues that face our community.”

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation provides funding to meet the needs of communities, with a particular focus on revitalizing neighborhoods, educating the workforce for 21st century jobs and addressing basic needs, such as hunger and homelessness.

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Bank of America Donation to Park Place Outreach (LEFT TO RIGHT) Todd Cellini, Linda Hilts and Chris Sotus

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. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the 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 join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Linda K. Hilts
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990

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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Olde Pink House Offers Cooking Class in Support of Savannah’s Youth Emergency Shelter

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(SAVANNAH, GA) The Olde Pink House and Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, Inc. announces plans for the next cooking class on Saturday, October 3 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The culinary course is conducted at Park Place Outreach, located at 514 E. Henry St., followed by dinner at The Olde Pink House at 6 p.m.

The program was the brainchild of Pink House General Manager, Craig Jeffress, after meeting with two residents of Park Place Outreach who worked in restaurants. Jeffress took a tour of the shelter and was impressed by what he had observed. He decided he wanted to do more for the organization than the traditional gift certificates for auction items. This fun, instructional program of hands-on involvement, superb cuisine and financial support for the non-profit is a winning combination for all.

Park Place Outreach provides the only youth shelter in Savannah and Chatham County, and has helped helped over 6600 kids. All services are free for those in need and include meals, clothing, counseling, transportation to and from school, with the ultimate goal of reunification for families.

The cost to participate in the cooking class is $125 per person, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Park Place Outreach. Space for the class is limited. For more information and to reserve a seat, call the shelter at 234-4048.

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. The Street Outreach Program team offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults up to age 21 that are in need and might not come in to the 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 join the group on Facebook (ParkPlace) and Twitter (@parkplaceyes).

CONTACT
Linda K. Hilts
Park Place Outreach
Youth Emergency Shelter
514 E. Henry Street
Savannah, GA. 31401
912-234-4048 Fax 912-651-3621
www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade PR, Inc.
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com
912.844.9990