Connections Count Program Expanding 
Studies show that without a lifelong connection to a caring adult and the right resources, young adults in need, many of whom have aged out of the foster care system, are often left vulnerable to a host of adverse situations. Youth exiting foster care are more likely to have not completed high school or received a GED. Many are unemployed and live in poverty, and nearly 40% become homeless. 

Ongoing support from at least one caring adult can make an enormous difference. To ensure youth aging out of foster care have every opportunity to acquire life skills and knowledge to transition into adulthood, Pendleton Place is expanding the Connections Count program. 

This past month we welcomed two new members to the Connections Count team, Josh Crocker and Ethan Johnstone. 

Josh Crocker, former Smith House Youth Mentor, will serve as the Independent Living Specialist. He will work with our young adult clients to lead them to self-sufficiency and independence. He will meet with each client to ensure their goals related to education, finances, health and nutrition, housing, child care, employment or any other independent living areas are met. He will ensure our clients are knowledgeable and have access to many community resources. 

Ethan Johnstone, former Pendleton Place Social Work Intern, will serve as the Mentoring and Outreach Coordinator. He is responsible for the development and growth of the mentoring and coaching aspects of this program. He will implement a community-based program for current and new clients that will provide training opportunities for independent living skills. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming mentoring opportunities from Ethan and how you can get involved! 

By expanding this program, Connections Count Director Jennifer Gutierrez-Caldwell said, "Connections Count can now take the program to the next level and ensure 100% of our clients are connected to an additional caring adult, expanding their support network to include a healthy adult relationship".

There is still much more work to be done to ensure young adults in need are prepared as they cross an important bridge to self-sufficiency and independence. When supporting this program expansion, you are providing the necessary resources each young adult needs to become self-sufficient when leaving foster care.
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Day at the Drive
You still have time to purchase your tickets in support of Pendleton Place at the  SYNNEX  Share the Magic Day at the Drive!  The game is this Sunday, June 10th. We will celebrate our joint efforts to support children and youth in the Upstate facing incredible challenges. The first pitch starts at 4:00 p.m. A portion of all tickets sold will support Pendleton Place. Purchase your ticket online using  this link . This is a great opportunity to plan a fun family outing, church committee gathering, or co-worker gathering. Please pass on the link! See you at the Fluor Field!
Healthy Greenville Recipient 

The Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees selected Pendleton Place as one of the "Healthy Greenville" grant recipients. The GHA will award $769,336 over the next three years to improve the physical and mental health of young children entering foster care in Greenville County. We will continue to partner with the Greenville County Department of Social Services, Greenville Mental Health, and GHS' Bradshaw Institute of Child Health and Advocacy. This will also strengthen our relationship with Help Me Grow SC. Thank you Asher White for capturing what this grant means to Pendleton Place, our partners, and the future of Greenville County.  
"Healthy Greenville" Grant Recipient
HOG Day Mulch Beautification 

 On May 5th, the community came together to volunteer all throughout Greenville for United Way of Greenville County Hands on Greenville Day. Members from Community Journals, TEKsystems, UPS, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, United Way of Greenville County YP20s, and Greenville 5th Ward spent their Saturday morning spreading mulch around our grounds. This would not have been possible without Mulch Mart of Powdersville, The Mulch Mill, Inc., Schneider Tree Care, and Upstate Materials for donating a combined total of 95 yards of mulch. This project not only helps to beautify our campus but also creates a warm and inviting environment for the children and families we serve. We are grateful for our partnership with the United Way and for those who came together to create a special day for the Greenville Community. 
Month of Care Thanks to Fluor

Fluor Corporation provided a grant that supported a month of residential care services for our Smith House teen girls. These services include: case management, independent living skills training, loving care, support from dependable adults, and so much more. Thank you, Fluor, for supporting these girls who were removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect. 
Building and Groundskeeper Position

Pendleton Place is looking for a part-time building and groundskeeper to work approximately 15-20 hours per week. This position will provide janitorial service to all buildings on campus and oversee/perform general campus maintenance, provide maintenance to organization's vehicles and as well as make recommendations for the purchase of necessary equipment. Pay dependent on experience/training. For more information, please contact Jonathan Pettis at (864) 516 1242 or by email
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Our Vision is a community where children are safe, families are strong, and victims become whole again.


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