Educating Homeless Children

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

“The high mobility associated with homelessness has severe educational consequences [for children].  Homeless families move frequently due to limits on length of shelter stays, search for safe and affordable housing or employment, or to escape abusive partners.  All too often, homeless children have to change schools because shelters or other temporary accommodations are not located in their school districts.  In recent years, 42% of homeless children transferred schools at least once, and 51% of these students transferred twice or more,” (National Coalition for the Homeless, June 2008).


Kids Create: Thanksgiving Perspective

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Hand prints created by the kids in our after school program, highlighting what they are thankful for this holiday season.  A little perspective for us all on Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving Blessings at St. Lawrence Place

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

Have you noticed how everyone seems to skip Thanksgiving anymore?  Christmas decorations went up in stores before Halloween, and I passed a house in my neighborhood last night that actually had a tree up already. But let’s face it – some of us need Thanksgiving.  We need to be reminded to stop, look around, and be thankful for what (and who) we have in our lives.

Kids Create: Music

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

A group from USC called Communities in Harmony has been coming to St. Lawrence Place weekly this semester to teach the kids in our after school program the basics of some classical instruments, including the violin and piano, as shown in the video.

This post is part of an on-going series of St. Lawrence Place kid-created and kid-focused content, published every Thursday.


A Call to Action and a Success Story

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

“It was important to me that my children stay in the same good school, so I knew I had to have the courage to fight for them…just like I had to find the courage to come to St. Lawrence Place.”

–Jennifer, current St. Lawrence Place resident

5 Easy Ways to Help SLP During Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 10-18)

Posted by: Becca Smith Hill

Folks, when I say easy, I mean, seriously easy!  Here we go:

1) Swipe a Boostersplus card at Bi-Lo.  Do you shop at Bi-Lo?  Do you know someone who does?  Swipe a Bi-Lo Boostersplus card for St. Lawrence Place next time you’re there, and for the next year 1% of all your purchases will be donated to SLP!

You only have to swipe once, and then the Boostersplus card will be connected to your Bi-Lo Bonus/Fuel perks card until May 31, 2013!

Click here to get the card.

2) Donate a gently used pot or pan.  Do you have pots or pans in your kitchen that you never use, or have been meaning to replace anyway?  We can use them!  When a homeless family moves into an apartment at SLP, they usually only have clothing and personal items with them.  We set up an apartment with all the household goods they need, everything right down to kitchen supplies, sheets, and towels.  When a family successfully graduates our program and moves into permanent housing, they can take all the household items with them.

We are always in need of pots and pans–won’t you bring us some this week?  See our Wish List for all the other household items we need.

You can donate Monday-Friday, 8:30- 5 at 2400 Waites Rd. Cola, SC 29204.

3) Donate paper products.  Did you know that SNAP benefits, (Food Stamps), will not pay for paper towels, toilet paper or diapers?  Most of the families living at SLP receive these benefits to assist them with purchasing food for their families, but personal hygiene products and paper products are not covered.

We are always in need of paper products to help our families.  You can donate Monday-Friday, 8:30-5 at 2400 Waites Rd.  Cola, SC 29204.

4) Purchase a Kids in the Kitchen cookbook.

Kids in the Kitchen is a cookbook focusing on kids and recipes that bring families together. Recipes from local restaurants and friends of St. Lawrence Place are included.  Cover art was graciously created and donated by local artist and long-time SLP supporter, Roger Hutchison.

Cookbooks are $10 and 100% of the proceeds from this cookbook goes to fund the programs for homeless children and teens at St. Lawrence Place.  They make great stocking-stuffers and hostess gifts!!

Contact Becca at to purchase a cookbook.

5) Purchase a ticket to Sip for St. Lawrence Place or sign up for the Race for the Place 5K & Kids’ Fun Run.  The Sip for St. Lawrence Place wine tasting takes place Thursday, December 6th and tickets are only $15 each or two for $25.

Wine not your thing?  Sign up for the Race for the Place 5K scheduled for Saturday, February 9, 2013.  You can run it or walk it, and there is a Fun Run for kids too!  Proceeds from all of our events go to directly fund the programs for homeless families at St. Lawrence Place.

Thanks for taking the time to support a worthwhile cause and help us move families from homelessness to home during Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.