Since its founding in 1972, the Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter has provided safe harbor for thousands of children in Lexington County. Their stories are often horrific; most suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment at the hands of those whom they trusted most. Here they found shelter— and so much more. A home environment filled with love, kindness, and gentle guidance. The security of a family-like atmosphere, headed by houseparents who live in the facility. School, church, medical attention, and counseling. These children need so much. The Shelter is a member of The Association of Fundraising Professionals, The SC Association of Non-Profit Organizations,The SC Association of Childrens Homes and Family Services, and the Lexington, West-Metro, and Irmo Chambers of Commerce.
Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center, works with children affected by physical and sexual abuse, drug endangerment, and the witnessing of violence. They provide a safe and caring environment where children and their non-abusive parent(s) or guardians can receive services and emotional support under one roof. They are a child-focused facility that provides forensic interviews, forensic medicals, mental health and victim advocate services to victims of child abuse between the ages of 0 to 18. Providing these services in a single location can help alleviate additional stress and trauma that that these children can experience by moving between agencies.