Woodforest Charitable Foundation Donates $2,000 to Palmetto Place Children's Emergency Shelter

Palmetto Place Children’s Emergeny Shelter Receives $2,000 Donation

Photo Caption:Woodforest National Bank branch managers joined Andrew Rabuck, South Carolina Vice President; Karen Coleman of Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter; Tim Carroll, South Carolina Regional Manager; and Mary Kelley of Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina –Woodforest Charitable Foundation contributed $2,000 to Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter.

According to Childhelp National Abuse Statistics, almost five children die everyday as a result of child abuse; more than 75% are under the age of four.  Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s donation will assist Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter in providing a secure and nurturing environment for children who are victims of neglect and/or abuse.

Since its inception in 1977, Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter has provided a safe, nurturing home to more than 6,000 abused, neglected, and abandoned children.  Palmetto Place is a five-bedroom home, with each bedroom designated for a specific age range and gender.  At capacity, Palmetto Place is able to house 16 children, from infants to age 17.   Children are referred to Palmetto Place for temporary placement by local Departments of Social Services when they must be removed from their homes because of abuse, abandonment or neglect, or when their parents are incarcerated and the children have no place to go. 

The children reside at the Shelter for varying periods of time determined by their individual circumstances and the ability of Child Protective Services to secure alternate safe and appropriate placement for them.  While the children reside at Palmetto Place they are provided with safe and nurturing care; they attend school; they have their medical and mental health needs met by appropriate professionals; and they experience a full schedule of planned recreational and social activities. “Children arrive at Palmetto Place at a time of crisis in their lives; they are hurting emotionally and/or physically.  Many of the children have never experienced stable and secure living environments with compassionate caregivers.  Here they learn to believe that adults will meet their needs for safe shelter, food, clothing and guidance while treating them with respect and care,” said Amy Schofield, Executive Director of Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter.  “On behalf of our Board of Directors, the staff and, most importantly, our residents, please accept our sincere gratitude for Woodforest Charitable Foundation’s act of kindness and generosity.”

For more information about Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter, please call (803) 786-6819, send an e-mail to, or visit the Shelter’s website at

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves.  The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c)(3) charities. For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the foundation’s website at
Celebrating 30 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 770,000 customers with branches in excess of 700 throughout seventeen states:  Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.  For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at