New youth emergency shelter opens in Florence

New youth emergency shelter opens in Florence
FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A new service in the Pee Dee is all about giving troubled youth extra support during those pivotal moments in life.
Loving Arms Incorporated is running the Pee Dee’s first emergency youth shelter.
The N.R. House Two is a safe place for runaway teens and homeless youth and is open 24 hours a day.
Doors are open to both boys and girls ages 10 to 18.
The shelter offers food, clothing and counseling.
Staff said the goal is to welcome those who need help into a family environment and get those folks resources to help them restart life again without becoming a product of the system.
“We are a different kind of agency. We are not DSS. We not the department of juvenile services, our goal is how do we keep our young people from entering those systems,” said Cindy Williams, CEO of N.R. House Florence Two.
The organization is new to our area.
It originally got its start in Maryland, but has now expanded to our area after staff members say they noticed a great need here.
 “We also do family counseling. It’s one of the requirements to the youth being here.  We ask for their parents to come in because a child is attached to a parent. We want to get the root of the problem, situation, whatever it is. We offer the parent help as well as the youth help,” said Darroll Cribb, chief operating officer for the organization said.
The N.R. House is located at 3339 Meadors Road in Florence.

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