NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Homeless in high school. No place to sleep. No place to study. No place to just be a kid. It’s a gripping reality for 385 students in the Charleston County School District.
But in North Charleston, that’s about to change, thanks to a community’s dream and an abundance of faith. Tucked away in the Colony North subdivision is a cul-de-sac with a fitting name. There’s no doubt the future home on Explorer Road will be one where futures are explored.
“Kids for the first time in their life (will have) a place they can call their own home,” says former Stall High School principal Kim Wilson.
The home will be 2,500 square feet, with four bedrooms and three baths. “Just to have children that come to you and say ‘Mr. Wilson, I have no place to go.’ It just breaks your heart,” Wilson said.
It’s reality for 17 kids at R.B. Stall High School. So when a teacher approached then Wilson with an idea, immediately plans began. Angela Henderson was one of the first to join the project.
“We just said, ‘OK, when are we going to do this?’ And here we are,” Henderson said. “Together we can do great things, just like Mother Theresa said.
“Over a year later and $400,000 raised, construction is ready to start.”This wasn’t just a small group of people. This was the entire community getting involved,” said Henderson.
Mickey’s House for boys will open in August, just in time for the new school year. It’s the first homeless home for students in South Carolina.Wilson said, “Hopefully it will be replicated throughout the Charleston area.”
“This an example of what a dream can do in becoming a reality and it just continues on then and through them,” Henderson said.
The house will be for junior and senior boys who are homeless. A home for homeless girls is also in the works. Applications for house parents are being accepted.
About Project Home Foundation
Project Home Foundation exists to provide structured and nurturing home environments for displaced male students ages 17 to 21 and facilitate their success in learning and life. Mickey’s House – the first result of this initiative, exists to provide a safe home for male students.