The Harbor at the Lake provides an emergency placement shelter for children in DSS custody

May 19, 2021

Lake Waccamaw, NC – As part of the continuing evolution of services provided by Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, a new emergency placement shelter has opened for children ages 10 – 17 in Department of Social Services custody.

The Harbor at the Lake is located in the recently renovated Solomon Center on the Lake Waccamaw campus.

“In listening to what our local DSS workers needed the most, an emergency placement shelter was at the top of the list,” said BGHNC President/CEO Ricky Creech. “The Harbor at the Lake is here to serve children and youth in eastern North Carolina who need a safe place to stay during a crisis such as being removed from the home due to imminent danger, abuse and neglect, human trafficking and exploitation until a more permanent placement may be found.”

The Harbor at the Lake will have 24/7 admissions available for youth ages 10 – 17 years. The placements are limited to 60 days as defined by emergency placement requirements.

“We know how important it is to find a stable place as quickly as possible for children removed from their home,” said BGHNC Chief Program Officer Donna Yalch. “Being able to offer The Harbor at the Lake as an option for placement provides our DSS partners with a different opportunity.”

The placement goes beyond a location to stay safely as alternatives are explored, according to Director of Campus Life Operations Jason Glover.

“During the child’s stay, we will develop individualized treatment plans that we will updated bi-weekly,” said Glover. “We will be able to connect the child with medical, dental, mental health and educational services while they are with us.”

Additionally, youth will maintain a daily schedule that will typically include recreational activities, education opportunities and group process activities.

“Our goal is to be a stabilizing force for the child during a difficult time,” said Glover. “At the end of the child’s stay at The Harbor at the Lake we will provide a variety of documentation for the guardian including a recommendation for services and referrals for aftercare.”

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. BGHNC offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, free children’s therapy, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 320 children are cared for through the residential, community-based services, and school program provided by BGHNC at any given time. BGHNC operates its program, services and activities in compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws. BGHNC is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.