COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A major renovation is underway at Palmetto Place Children's Shelter in Columbia and is expected to be completed in the next six months.
The shelter will be getting a new two-story addition to help with the two dozen children who live at the home. The kids have been relocated during the renovation.
Since it's inception in the 1970's, more than 7,000 kids have lived at the shelter.
"We've really spent two years planning this," Palmetto Place Executive Director Erin Hall said. "It's really a long time coming. We're excited to see all of this start. The back part of the house which was built in the 1970's and is one story is going to come down completely and we'll rebuild a two-story addition. So, by going up instead of going out, we'll preserve our playground."
Each child comes to the shelter from different backgrounds -- some are homeless and some are in the care of the Department of Social Services. The children can stay anywhere from a few months to a few years. The home accepts children up until the age of 18.