Heart to Heart, Lately

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill


We are officially halfway through our first year of implementing our newest program for families at SLP: Heart to Heart: A Positive Parenting Program.  You can read more about the program and its goals here.  Through a generous Community Enrichment Grant from the Junior League of Columbia, we started this innovative program in January 2014.

A Lemonade Stand for SLP!

Posted by: Jessica Malovic

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It is never too early to foster the spirit of giving in your children. One way to start is to purchase a moon jar to start the conversation about spending, saving and sharing. I purchased one for my five year old daughter. I love all the great conversations we have about where to donate the “share” portion of her moon jar. Will it be “save the rain forests” this month, St. Lawrence Place or will she decide to donate to our local animal shelter?

It’s St. Lawrence Place NIght at the Blowfish Game July 20th!

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

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Want to attend a fun local baseball game and support St. Lawrence Place at the same time? Come out to the July 20th Columbia Blowfish baseball game at Capital City Stadium–it’s St. Lawrence Place night! The Blowfish will take on the Florence Redwolves at 6:05 PM.

What’s for Lunch?

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

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We take nutrition seriously at St. Lawrence Place.  In the latest studies, 20% of children were found living in food insecure households.  Summer is even tougher on the families with school-age children, because the two meals the schools were providing are also gone.

Summer Fun at SLP!

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill


History of Violence and Trauma for Homeless Mothers

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

The SHIFT (Service and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition) Study examined longitudinal outcomes among families experiencing homelessness and entering an emergency shelter, transitional housing, or permanent supportive housing program.

Their findings include a prevalence of major traumatic experiences for these mothers, which translates to physical and emotional problems among their children as well.


Findings indicate that an effective response to family homelessness by housing and homeless programs should include the following package of essential supports, which St. Lawrence Place aims to embody for families:

  • Housing in a setting appropriate for each family
  • Comprehensive needs assessments to target services
  • Trauma-informed approach for all services
  • Case management to address income, education and employment
  • Parenting skill training and supports
  • Services to address maternal depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Child-focused programs and service planning to support health, well-being and academic success

More on the SHIFT Study can be found here.