South Mississippi Children's Center
United Way Health Partner
Who Are They?
South Mississippi Children’s Center provides a safe, homelike refuge for youth ages 9-17 who are abused, neglected, runaway and/or homeless. It serves as the community sponsor for Project Safe Place and provides 24- hour admissions and crisis line for runaway, homeless or in-crisis youth.
What Does United Way's Funding Do?
United Way funds help cover the costs to operate the full-time shelter, provide case management, offer youth programs and provide outreach through Project SafePlace.
The Impact of Your United Way Investment
Each year about 200 children in crisis situations are able to receive shelter and counseling from abusive or troubled home situations. In addition to meeting the children's immediate physical health needs, the shelter provides a stable environment, which then improves the emotional health of the child. South Misssissippi Children's Center also strives to break the cycle of child abuse in our community.
Volunteers are needed to serve as one-on-one mentors or tutors to help with homework. Other needs include leading in-house activities for groups of children, supervising and supporting children in recreational activities outside residence or performing clerical/computer assistance. Volunteers are also needed to provide advocacy for the shelter and at-risk children and implement projects for facilities.