The Business of St. Lawrence Place

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

I run a non-profit.  I am a CEO. Today I am dressed in business attire, and walked down Main Street with a purpose…securing support and funding for the programs at St. Lawrence Place.

Ready. Set. Go.

Posted by: RJames

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(beginning from bottom left): 1. SLP Teen with Rushondra James and Gerald Davis (SLP Staff) attending a “College Life” workshop 2. SLP Volunteer Book Club Leader, Tamara King along with Dr. Daniel Black, Author “A Perfect Peace,” as he visited our residents 3. USC Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Dawn Staley distributing sneakers to all school-aged residents, 4. SLP Residents participating in our book club, 5. SLP Teens Enjoying Pizza while participating in Teen Life Skills.

Football season is back, it’s getting darker earlier and our morning temperatures are lowering, I guess it’s safe to say fall is in the air!  Which means we are gearing up for new programming with our Adults and Teens at SLP!


Square Pegs & Round Holes: Our New “Lunch & Learn” at SLP

Posted by: Lila Anna Sauls

Years ago, through a special grant from the Central Carolina Community Foundation, we were able to work with Moss Blachman, an expert in homelessness, capacity building and strategic planning.  Moss spent months working with our staff and board, teaching us how to make our organization stronger so we could better serve our homeless families.

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.

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.

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.