Category: Youth Shelter

Park Place Outreach Presents “Wear Green Day” to Recognize National Runaway Prevention Month

“Wear Green Day” Set for November 10 to Recognize National Runaway Prevention Month in Savannah

(SAVANNAH, GA) Greenbriar Children’s Center and HUGS (Heads-Up Guidance Services) have partnered with Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter in inviting the public to participate in “Wear Green Day” on Friday, Nov. 10, in conjunction with the 2017 National Runaway Prevention Month. The three organizations have similar missions in providing services to Savannah area families and at-risk youth and are also seeking participation by other potential partners.

The theme of this year’s event is “Friends Helping Friends.” Savannah-Chatham County Public School students and teachers are being encouraged wear green on Nov. 10 to share the message that support and friendship can come in the form of teachers, mentors, peers and family members. There may be as many as 900 students in the local school system who are homeless.

“We’re seeking participation throughout the community in adopting this important campaign and sharing its powerful message,” said Julie Wade, executive director of Park Place Outreach. Wade is also a board member of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System. ”Our goal is to unite communities to help support at-risk youth as they navigate their world and let them know they do have options to get off the street, starting with the National Runaway Safeline, a 24/7 resource for youth in crisis.”

The three lead organizations all have similarly-focused missions of helping strengthen families and providing vital services to children and youth who may be homeless or in crisis situations.

“Statistics show people don’t often seek the counseling they need because they cannot afford the high cost,” said Ellen Bradley, executive board member for HUGS. “We want them to know there are resources available to them, regardless of their ability to pay.”

This faith-based non-profit is dedicated to making professional mental & behavioral health counseling and addiction recovery services affordable to all motivated individuals. This year they’ve added several new collaborative partners that focus on serving at-risk youth in our community.

The mission of Greenbriar Children’s Center is to promote the healthy development of children and the strengthening of families. They provide services that include an emergency shelter, runaway/homeless, residential care, independent living, family preservation, early childhood education & care, and Project Safe Place.

“The numbers are staggering,” said Wade. “Up to 2.8 million children and teenagers run away from home each year, often ending up on the streets. They’re not bad kids, just good kids in bad situations, and they need a friend to support, listen and care.”

Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter provides support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. The organization has helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more find stability through its non-residential programs.

“If you are thinking about running away or are homeless, or you know someone who has run away or is homeless, you are not alone,” continued Wade. “Many local agencies in Savannah support runaway and homeless youth, to help get them off the streets and reunited with family and loved ones. Please speak up and speak out to help us support runaway and homeless youth.”

Spearheaded each year by the National Runaway Safeline, the goal of National Runaway Prevention Month is to raise awareness of the runaway and homeless youth crisis and the issues these young people face. The campaign also provides education to the public and the role they can play in ending youth homelessness.

 

Park Place Outreach Wear Green Day

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

HUGS (Heads-Up Guidance Services)
706 Wheaton Street
Savannah, Georgia
912-417-4320
info@HeadsUpSavannah.org
www.headsupsavannah.org

Greenbriar Children’s Center, Inc.
3709 Hopkins Street
Savannah, GA 31405
912-234-3431
www.greenbriarchildrenscenter.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations™
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

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Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Launches Guest Dinner Program

Ann Levett, Superintendent of Savannah-Chatham Public Schools Featured as First Speaker

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, a support shelter for at-risk children and teens, will launch a guest dinner program in August to connect its residents with community leaders.

Every other Wednesday night, children and teens who are living in the shelter will prepare a meal and invite a guest speaker to join them for dinner. Ann Levett, superintendent of the Savannah-Chatham public schools, will speak at the first guest dinner program on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to share a home cooked meal with these young scholars and look forward to hearing the advice they will offer me about how adults can best support them,” said Levett.

Dr. Linda Sacks, a Park Place volunteer, is working with outreach case manager Fran Wilson to plan the menu for each event. Residents at the Shelter have been cultivating fresh fruits and vegetables in an on-site garden since the spring, and they will be incorporated into the menus.

“This exercise will build community among the kids and give them a sense of the opportunities available to them in the Savannah community at large,” Wilson said.

The shelter is typically home to six to 10 kids and teenagers at any given time. Volunteers and house parents will stay involved with them during the dinners to help them set the table, prepare the meal and engage in conversation with the guests.

“We are so thrilled that community influencers want to reach out to our youth through this program,” said Julie Wade, executive director for Park Place Outreach. “Dr. Levett is a product of the local school system, so she is a testament to the success young people can achieve through perseverance in school.”

To learn more about Park Place Outreach’s guest dinner program, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

MORE INFORMATION ON 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 youth, 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 who are in need but might not come into the shelter. 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 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

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

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 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

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

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

Julie Wade Named Executive Director of Park Place Outreach

Attorney Julie Wade Selected as Executive Director of Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

Savannah attorney and school board member Julie Wade has been named executive director of the Park Place Outreach — Youth Emergency Shelter, which provides support and temporary residential services for at-risk children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area.

Wade will succeed Linda Hilts, who’s retiring after 20 years, and will take office on May 8.

“I am honored to be selected for this position, and to build on the excellent programs Linda Hilts began and fostered over the past 20 years,” Wade said. “She became the voice of homeless and unaccompanied youth in our community, and I am eager to continue to work on their behalf.”

Park Place Outreach board chairman Todd Cellini praised Wade’s legal background and her experience in student and child advocacy.

“As a sitting board member of the Savannah-Chatham public school system, she has an extensive understanding of our largest population of at-risk children,” Cellini said. “Having served in various board positions for several non-profit organizations, she also has vast fundraising experience as well as expertise in grants compliance.”

Under Hilts’s leadership, Park Place Outreach helped more than 6,200 area young people find emergency shelter and thousands more found stability through its non-residential programs. She developed many of the organization’s ongoing services, including the Street Outreach Program team, which offers peer mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to older youth, up to age 21, who are in need but might not wish to come to the shelter.

“My goal over the next few weeks is to meet with the board members and staff, along with community members and supporters,” Wade said. “By helping to ensure a smooth leadership transition, I will be able to focus from day one on continuing to provide a safe and loving environment to the youth who come to Park Place Outreach for assistance.”

Julie Wade Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Savannah

Julie Wade

Wade, a native of Atlanta, attended Georgia public schools from kindergarten until college. She attended the University of Georgia and then the University of Georgia School of Law. Currently, she is a lawyer at The Wade Law Firm in Savannah, with a focus on federal criminal defense and civil litigation. Additionally, Wade serves on the Board of Education for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System, a position she has held since 2011. Wade will continue her service on the Board of Education as she assumes this new position with Park Place Outreach.

Previously, she served as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 2007 to 2008 as the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, prosecuting violations of federal law, including child exploitation, firearms, narcotics, fraud, and immigration.

She is chair of the board of directors for Girls on the Run and chairwoman of United Way Women’s Legacy Council. She also serves on the boards of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia and Educate Chatham Foundation.

Wade is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia. She has been honored by the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 and as a Next Generation Rising Star by Savannah Magazine and Business in Savannah. She recently received the Coastal Center for Developmental Services’ Vicki Loughrey Volunteer Advocacy Award as well as the John B. Miller Service Award from the Savannah Bar Association.

She and her husband have three children who attend public school.

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 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

Hilts Retires from Park Place Outreach

Hilts Announces Retirement at Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter

(SAVANNAH, GA) Linda Hilts, executive director of Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter, has announced she will retire after 20 years with the organization. She was recognized at the 2017 Celebration of Love Gala held at the Plantation Club Plantation Club of the Landings.

Under Hilts’ leadership, 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.

“I have witnessed incredible life events in which young people have overcome powerful odds and am continually amazed and impressed at how bright, creative and resilient they are,” Hilts said. “Furthermore, I’m awed by the passion that our dedicated staff demonstrates every day. It takes a special person to be able to deal with the complex social issues our young people and their families face.”

The mission of Park Place Outreach is to provide support for troubled children and teens in Savannah and the surrounding area. Since 1984, its shelter, which is open 24 hours a day, has offered youth between the ages of 11 and 17 a safe and loving environment. Whenever possible, the organization’s goal is to keep kids off the street and reunify families.

Hilts joined Park Place Outreach on January 6, 1997, after having worked as the Director of Hope House of Savannah and as an employee of Candler Hospital. Her legacy will include being a voice for homeless youth and unaccompanied youth in the community as well as the development of several shelter services, including the Street Outreach Program team, which hires teens to be part of the team, and offers mentoring to resident adolescents and provides counseling, clothing and personal care items to teens and young adults, up to age 21, who are in need but might not wish to come to the shelter. Several former residents have been hired on the Street Outreach Program team.

Park Place Outreach also provides residential and non-residential support, along with counseling for youth and their parents or guardians and other family members. The agency additionally offers a parenting support group to anyone in the community to help strengthen families.

The 24-hour shelter was renovated in 2008, becoming one of Savannah’s first LEED-certified nonprofit buildings, and now provides a high-quality living and healing environment for children and families, as well as a good working environment for staff. Each year, an estimated 1.6 million to 2.8 million kids across the United States run away from home. In Chatham County, young women under the age of 18 make up 10 percent of the county’s homeless population; young men under 18 add another 8 percent.

A graduate of Armstrong State University with a degree in psychology, Hilts attributes much of her success to her mentor, Dr. Keith Douglas, of Armstrong’s Psychology Department. She is also grateful to her family and the skills she learned in helping to run the family-owned business, which enabled the Detroit native to excel in the non-profit arena.

Hilts credits a great deal of the milestones achieved by Park Place Outreach to a “very strong and committed” board of directors, which ensures the organization remains financially sound. The shelter has seven full-time and 24 part-time employees along with 63 volunteers.

“I am proud we offer a stabilizing environment for vulnerable youth. Our shelter is like the emergency room. We are the first place someone reaches out to for help,” Hilts said. “I envision a future in which our programs and staff will continue to strengthen and grow so those who lead Park Place Outreach can unceasingly deal with the complex social issues that constantly evolve and confront our community.”

In addition to her duties at PPO, Hilts has devoted many volunteer hours serving those in need. She was recognized by AWWIN, Inc. (Assisting Working Women in Need), as one of their Top Ten Working Women of the Year in 2008. She is also a past board member of the Chatham-Savannah Authority of the Homeless, representing runaway and homeless youth issues, and she served as a board member for the Southeastern Network of Youth and Family Services (now known as the National Safe Place Network), and Armstrong State University’s alumni board.

Hilts looks forward to riding her rusty bike on the beach “as often as possible” during her retirement, as well as walking on the beach and kayaking around Tybee Island. She has a daughter and a son, along with five granddaughters, one grandson, a great-grandson and great-granddaughter who she expects to keep her busy and “well loved.”

Hilts will be retiring sometime later this winter as a new director is firmly in place. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org

Linda Hilts, Park Place Outreach

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 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 $1,000 Grant as part of Wells Fargo’s Day of Giving

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter Receives $1,000 Grant as part of Wells Fargo’s Day of Giving

(SAVANNAH, GA) Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from Wells Fargo. Park Place Outreach is open 24 hours a day as a safe place for runaway or abused youth. This grant will go towards operational and program expenses to keep these youth safe.

This is the only shelter of its kind in the city of Savannah and Chatham County. Park Place Outreach encourages youth between the ages of 11 and 17 to come if they are not safe in their own home or do not have any place to go. Meals are provided to youth as well as transportation to and from school. When returning home family counseling is offered as well as after school tutorial and a drop-in center.

“Every dollar we get towards this organization is a way to help keep a child safe,” said Park Place Outreach Executive Director Linda Hilts. “We thank Wells Fargo for this grant award and helping the youth in Savannah.”

Since opening in 1984, over 6,200 at-risk youth have been served by the organization. For more information, visit http://parkplaceyes.org.

 

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Park Place Outreach Youth  Emergency Shelter

 

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
http://www.parkplaceyes.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade PR™
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075