Providence Home celebrates 20th Anniversary ………….
Providence Home opened its doors Nov. 19, 1997, and is the only emergency shelter for youth in Brunswick County, providing shelter, food and clothing and attending to the medical, educational, emotional, recreational and spiritual needs of several hundred Brunswick County youth.
In recognition of its 20th anniversary, Providence Home is hosting a celebration Saturday, Nov. 18 (rain date Sunday, Nov. 19), on the grounds of Providence Home from 2 to 5 p.m. Music will be performance by the Back Porch Rockers and there will be food and drink and tours of the facility will be offered.
In addition, Providence Home is requesting area churches to conduct a day of prayer by including prayers for Providence Home during their services of worship Sunday, Nov. 19.
The goal of Providence Home is to offer each youth and their family an opportunity to work on the problems that led to the youth being placed out of the home.
During their stay as residents, each youth, along with their families, is afforded the time to examine the issues that led to their being at Providence Home. In addition, they learn positive coping skills for dealing with troubling situations. This period of time allows all involved a “cooling-off” period, and sufficient time to find long-term resolutions.
Providence Home can accommodate up to six youth at one time, ranging in age from 10 to 17. The average stay is 30 days, although the youth may stay up to three months. Difficult circumstances brought the youth to Providence Home, so the staff makes the transition to being there as smooth as possible. The youth must attend school, while our counselors work with them and their families.
The goal is to reunite them with their family, and this is accomplished about 98 percent of the time. There are house parents who live in the home, maintain the home, and care for them in a nurturing family environment. All of their material needs are met. There are no financial
impediments in the path of any family going through crisis. Providence Home is absolutely free.
The major source of financing for Providence Home is their three thrift stores, which operate under the name Sheltered Treasures. The first store opened is in Ocean Isle Beach at 6885 Beach Drive (575-3506). A second store was added at 10045 Beach Drive in Calabash (575-7332) and ultimately a third store was opened at 4807 Southport Supply Road (N.C. 211) in Southport (457-1078).
Each store is operated by dedicated employees and volunteers. Their hard work provides funding for the home, and helps to spread the word of Providence Home’s mission in the community. Volunteers are an important part of the day-to-day operation of the thrift stores. Volunteers can work as little as a few hours each month, or as much as they would like.
All Sheltered Treasures’ stores are always in need of donated items such as clothing for men, women and children; household items, furniture, appliances, and linens to enable them to meet a critical need in our community.
The Family Emergency Teen Shelter Inc. (Providence Home) is a private, nonprofit, as identified by the IRS code 501(c)(3). Providence home is licensed by the State of North Carolina and is a member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council of Brunswick County.
For more information, call the Providence Home office at 457-0440.
Article by Bob Lee, vice-president of Providence Home of the Family Emergency Teen Shelter, Inc.
County-Wide Day of Prayer for Providence Home
November 19, 2017
by Betty Buck, Founder
Father we praise and thank you for being with us at Providence Home for the last twenty (20) years. We pray that you will continue your presence and guidance as we offer a haven for your precious treasures, your children, at Providence Home.
In Jesus name we pray, AMEN.