O.C. Welch Donates Club Wagon to Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Park Place Outreach – Street Outreach Program (SOP) will continue to navigate the downtown areas in Savannah after a generous donation of a new program vehicle by O.C. Welch III, President of O.C. Ford and Lincoln. The contribution of the e350 12 passenger club wagon replaced the 1998 van purchased in 1997 for the original SOP team.
“The charitable gift of a new van couldn’t have come at a better time. Our old van had just died a few weeks ago and was stationary in our lot. This new Ford van will allow our program to continue to reach out to at-risk youth who might not come into our shelter. It is crucial to our mission and program,” said Linda Hilts, Executive Director of Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter.
Funded since 1997, the Street Outreach Team has various mobile outreach sites in the community to reach those up to age 21, offering counseling, clothing and personal care items. There is also a drop-in site at the shelter. Whenever possible, the organization attempts to keep kids off the street and reunify families.
Welch said, “When I heard about the Street Outreach Program’s van breaking down, I felt obligated to help the shelter. I know how vital this organization is to the youth in Savannah and I was happy that I could support their initiative.”
Park Place Outreach Shelter works with individuals and local organizations, having helped over 6,112 individuals through 2013. The shelter provides a safe and loving environment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for children and teens who self-admit themselves into the 12-bed shelter.
(LEFT TO RIGHT) O.C. Welch III presents wagon to Kenneth Brown, Coordinator of Street Outreach Program, and Linda Hilts, Director of Park Place Outreach
ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH 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. 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 find Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter on Facebook.
Linda K. Hilts
Park Place Outreach – Youth Emergency Shelter
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