Callen-Lacey Center for Children, the only emergency shelter serving the children of Berkeley County, opened at its Moncks Corner location in 1998. The shelter was developed in response to a critical need identified by a 1992 Trident United Way Needs Assessment which defined “children in crisis” as a top priority. Members of the community joined together to form the Give Me Shelter Committee which worked diligently to address this important issue. Because of its experience and success operating the Charleston Emergency Shelter, Berkeley County Department of Social Services (DSS) and Trident United Way asked CYDC to establish the shelter and assume responsibility for the day-to-day operations as an integral component of the Center’s residential programs.
With the support of individuals and businesses in the Berkeley County community, Trident United Way, Roper Care Alliance, the Housing Trust Fund of SC, and the Duke
Endowment, funds were raised to build a new shelter in Moncks Corner that would provide a secure, protective, and nurturing environment for abused, abandoned and neglected children. Since opening in 1998, Callen-Lacey Center for Children of Carolina Youth Development Center has been home to more than one thousand children ranging in ages from newborn to 17 years of age and is open 24 hours each day throughout the year.
The shelter is dedicated in memory of Dr. William H. Lacey and Mrs. Maude E. Callen. Because of their legacy of over fifty years each of selfless giving to and caring for the citizens of Berkeley County, Callen-Lacey Center for Children strives to nurture each child in that same spirit.
Offering guidance and support to Callen-Lacey Center for Children is the Center’s Advisory Council, a dedicated group of volunteers who serve two-year terms to help in planning fundraising and awareness events on behalf of the Center, among other tasks.
- Katie Orvin, President
- Kelli Gaskins, Vice President
- Jeremy Baker
- Christine Brown
- Anne Burnette
- Deneene Guerry
- Cynthia Hamilton
- Michael Johnson
- Alan Smoak
- Randi Timmons
- Karen Umphlett
- Kendra Wilson