Providing Emergency Food, Shelter and Hope
to Homeless Children and Their Families in Columbia since 1979


Family Matters

In this issue: New Family Center Opens for Residents of Shelter, Family Shelter Welcomes New CEO and Director of Philanthropy, Women in Philanthropy Awards Family Shelter $70,000 Grant, and more

Family Shelter Opens New Community Building

Homeless Shelter Expands Capacity with New Multi-Use Dining Facility

Who? The Family Shelter, the Midlands’ only freestanding emergency homeless shelter for families, will cut the ribbon on a new facility funded entirely by the generosity of the community in which it serves. Major donors include the congregation at Shandon United Methodist Church, The Boudreaux Group, and Bobbitt Design Build, Inc.

Additionally, the Family Shelter will introduce to the community Natascha Gochett, the new CEO and director of philanthropy, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

What? The new building will replace the small, crumbling dining hall, increasing capacity and giving the shelter residents a state-of-the-art kitchen, meeting room and indoor living space. It is the first major renovation to the campus in nearly thirty years.

When? Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EDT Where? 2411 Two Notch Road, Columbia, S.C. Parking is available in the dirt lot in front of the historic home, in the back lot behind the fence (first entrance on left), and along the street on McFadden Street.

Why? Established in 1979, Family Shelter is the only brick-and-mortar shelter in the Midlands that provides emergency shelter services to homeless children and their families. Before the Family Shelter's establishment, the only options for homeless families looking for emergency shelter were to separate or remain as a unit living on the street, in a car, or with a family member.

What’s next? The new CEO’s first order of business is the Family Shelter’s annual summer theater benefit. The Shelter has partnered with Town Theatre to sell tickets to “The Little Mermaid.” The family-friendly fundraiser will be held at 7:30 p.m. on July 14, 2016 at Town Theatre at 1012 Sumter St.

The mission of the Family Shelter is to provide emergency shelter in a stable living environment for homeless children and their parents and help our residents build life skills needed to regain independence. It is our vision to be the most supportive emergency shelter in the Midlands for homeless families. By strengthening the family, we strive for 100% of active program participants to move to a life of independence.


Summer 2014 (PDF)
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