Posted by Doreen Higgins on Sep 04, 2017
We welcomed Julie Wade to our meeting on Wednesday. She is the director of the Park Place Emergency Center, a temporary residential home for at-risk youth aged 11-17 years. Julie has degrees, undergraduate and law, from UGA, has practiced law in Savannah, is a member of several education boards and of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club. She has long experience in the criminal defense world of guns and drugs.

Located at 514 East Henry Street in Savannah, Park Place Outreach has served the Savannah community since 1984 offering help to young people who are victims in the Savannah/Chatham County area. Currently, there are some 800 homeless teens in the area, living on the street, in cars, tents, etc. They suffer high levels of trauma resulting from abuse, fights with parents and psychological problems. Park Place provides a safe, secure, and loving temporary home for children who are homeless, runaway, or victims of abuse, and also for youth in DFCS and DJJ custody as a preferable alternative to foster care or detention. These children can go to Park Place 24 hours a day, stay at least two weeks, and receive counseling, accommodation, and help with their future. Park Place Outreach is the only facility in Savannah and Chatham County at which children can self-report without an agency or family referral. Park Place Outreach works closely with Greenbriar Children’s Home when longer-term placement or transitional living services are needed.

Park Place Outreach plays an important role with the Savannah – Chatham Metropolitan Police department to reduce juvenile crime. They have many examples of young people coming to our shelter on the verge of a life of crime who have become good and productive citizens of our city.

Funding is received from federal and state sources, and the community is invited to visit, to interact with the children, and to help with their re-entry into the outside world. Julie thanked us for our interest and expressed the hope that we would stay involved.

Below is a photo of John Porter and Julie Wade.