Happy New Year from St. Lawrence Place!

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill


Here’s to a year full of new opportunities and hope!  From our families to yours, Happy New Year!


I’m Just the Office Lady

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

About a year ago I received my Masters in Organizational Change and Leadership from Columbia College. I was proud of myself. Really proud. So proud that I got up the nerve to ask for a new title…and I became President and CEO of Trinity Housing Corporation.

Last week we had our Christmas gathering with our families at SLP.  Community volunteers treated them to a wonderful meal, and Santa made a visit with toys for all the children. We’ve always encouraged our families to write thank-you’s to the volunteers, and I was in charge of collecting the notes. One of our children handed me two envelopes and said, “One’s for you, too!”

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I’ll admit, I was busy, so I tucked it away. The next day I came in and remembered the card. It was simply addressed to “Office Lady.” On the inside it said, “Thank you for giving us a home when no one else cared.” I cried. A lot. This SLP family had no idea what my title was…all they knew was I was the lady in the office who made the rules and made sure everything was running smoothly. And they knew that I cared.

So, as we go into the Christmas break, I’ll accept my new title. I only hope I can live up to it, because what that card said is much more important than securing funds, managing staff or creating policies.  It’s about caring about and empowering others…and that takes 100%.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Lila Anna

P.S. this blog was supposed to be a re-do of last year’s post about donating money to SLP as the year ends. Please do that, too (I’m asking as the Office Lady!) by clicking here or sending a check to 2400 Waites Road, Columbia, SC 29204.

Kids Create: A Circle of Giving

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Every year at the holidays, Eastminster Presbyterian Church hosts an amazing event for homeless and impoversished children in the Midlands, called Circle of Giving.


Each child in attendance gets to choose gift items for their immediate family members, and have the items wrapped up to take home and give at Christmas.  This event means so much to those who have so little.  The children are excited to be able to give gifts to their parents and siblings, and the mothers and fathers cherish the items they receive from their children.


Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that make this event possible for our children and families!


Holiday Shop 2013

Posted by: Jessica Malovic

Last Monday, December 9th, was our 2nd Annual Holiday Shop where St. Lawrence Place residents selected one educational gift and one fun gift for each of their children.  Adults can also choose a gift for themselves, and leave the event with a basket full of cleaning supplies.  It is amazing to see the overwhelming support of our community come together to provide gifts for our residents.

This event would not exist without the support from groups like Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, Sales & Marketing Council of the Home Builders Association, KD’s Treehouse, St. Martin’s In the Field Episcopal Church, North Trenholm Baptist Church, and countless others.

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Volunteers were on-site to help residents select gifts, wrap them and gather their gifts to go home.

holiday shop 2013 wrapping

We would like to send a special thank you to Arbra and Pastor Lewis of First Calvary Baptist Church for hosting the Holiday Shop and dinner this year. From setting up the shop, to preparing the food, to Santa pictures, to donating gifts; your congregation was wonderful to work with and we appreciate all the hard work that goes into making this day so special.

holiday shop 2013 santa


Kids Create: After School Fun

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

The kids in the St. Lawrence Place after school program are never lacking for fun activities.  Along with weekly visits from Columbia Museum of Art, they also have consistent visits from a group at USC who performs hands-on science experiments with the kids, as well as Bodies in Motion, and Communities in Harmony.


A Lesson in Money Management

Posted by: RJames

On Monday, November 4, 2013, Karen Jenkins of KRJ Consulting visited St. Lawrence Place to share her expertise in the area of finance.  As a Financial Consultant and Strategist, Karen is an expert on financial empowerment. She has regular appearances on local media outlets.


image via KRJ Consulting website