Mickey’s House is Project Home Foundation’s first initiative in the fight against youth homelessness in Charleston County. Named for Mary ‘Mickey’ Welch – a Presidential Donor of the Foundation, Mickey’s House is a two-story, five-bedroom home that provides a safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment for displaced students, with live-in house parents.
The Foundation provides ongoing emotional and educational support for resident students to facilitate high school graduation and break the cycle of homelessness in students’ lives.
Mickey’s House is a place of acceptance, a place of comfort, a place of peace. What we’ve noticed in the couple of students that we’ve talk to, is their life is in turmoil. They’re looking for a place that they can come and rest their head, and they don’t have to worry about those things in life that are giving them so much trouble.
David CareyFormer Mickey's House Parent, Charleston, SC
Goals & Expected Outcomes
The following are the goals and expected outcomes of participating students:
- A decrease in (high school) drop-out rates
- Overall improvement in academic grades (GPA)
- An increased level of school attendance
- A higher percentage of students pursuing higher education
Applicants are rigorously vetted to ensure they meet criteria in support of the stated goals and expected outcomes of Mickey’s House. House Parents then take up (full-time) residence in the house to provide supervision, support, and a nurturing environment for the boys while they are part of the program.
Cost of Operating
The cost of operating Mickey’s House runs around $50,000 per year and includes household products, groceries, clothing, utilities, transportation, travel, and insurance. View our wish list of household items.