Dr. Linda Sacks, Volunteer at Park Place Outreach, Receives National Helping Hands Volunteer Award
This national award is given to an individual who demonstrates extraordinary volunteerism through his or her involvement with an organization dedicated to youth services.
Sacks began volunteering with Park Place Outreach in March 2016 when she started “From Farm to Table,” a weekly cooking program for the shelter’s residents. Each Wednesday children help plan the menu, prepare the dinner and set the table. Community leaders are invited to join them for the meal.
“Dr. Sacks’ passions for children and for cooking have made this program a tremendous success,” said Julie Wade, executive director of Park Place Outreach. “With her in the kitchen, the kids look forward to Wednesday night every week.”
Sacks is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a medical degree from Columbia University. Since moving to Savannah in 1983, Sacks has practiced clinical neonatology, served in leadership positions at Memorial University Medical Center and held faculty positions at Mercer University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Georgia.
ABOUT PARK PLACE OUTREACH YOUTH EMERGENCY SHELTER
Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, 514 E. Henry St., is a 12-bed temporary residential shelter for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth, ages 11 to 17. Serving youth since 1984, the shelter is open 24 hours a day and provides a safe, secure, and loving environment. Park Place Outreach is the only facility in Savannah where youth can self-admit without an agency referral. The organization’s mission is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible. Park Place Outreach also operates a Street Outreach Program and Drop-In Center to identify homeless and nearly homeless teens and young adults and provide them with support services to get off the streets.
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 more than 6,500 individuals. For more information, please visit http://parkplaceyes.org or find us on Facebook.