The Countybank Foundation, established in 1971 representing Countybank and Greenwood Capital, donated $2,500 to Pendleton Place for the expansion of its Youth Resources Center.
Leadership Greenville recently identified a need to expand the Youth Resource Center (YRC) at Pendleton Place, which will address essential life needs to youth ages 17 – 24 who are experiencing homelessness and have been affected by trauma. The YRC provides immediate safety to homeless youth, and offers basic needs like showers, laundry, food, assessments counseling, development, housing coordination, case management, and job opportunities.
“Countybank and Greenwood Capital are committed to serving our communities and putting people first,” said Ken Harper, Chief Banking Officer for Countybank. “This recent donation to support youth in need through the development of a Youth Resource Center in Greenville helps us live that mission.”
Pendleton Place offers programs that protect, equip, and heal vulnerable children, young adults, and families. The organization’s programs are designed to strengthen children while rebuilding families with the goal for each child to have a stable home environment and a bright future.
“We are thrilled to partner with Leadership Greenville and to receive the financial support from our community champions like Countybank and Greenwood Capital. Because of Countybank and Greenwood Capital’s philosophical and philanthropic investment in our work, we will be able to meet the mounting needs of youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Since July, the number of our unique youth participants at the YRC has increased by 50% over the prior fiscal year. This expansion will truly help us make youth homelessness – and hopefully chronic homelessness for adults – brief and rare,” said Annie Maertens, Executive Director at Pendleton Place.
The YRC is one of four key programs housed at Pendleton Place and is led by Josh Crocker, Director, and supported by housing, engagement, and street outreach team members and co-located community partners.
Says Crocker, “The Youth Resource Center exists to serve those youth and young adults who have been looked over, left out, and don’t have the kinds of familial support systems so many of us have taken for granted through our formative years; and the number of young people in need of our services continues to rise. Put simply, we could not continue to meet the needs of the youth we serve without passionate and committed community partners willing to join us in this amazing work. We need our community behind us and, more importantly, so do our youth!”
For more information about Pendleton Place, visit pendletonplace.org.