Waccamaw Youth Center Achieves National Accreditation; still has needs | New
Rick Shelley just doesn’t seem able to make his retirement last.
He’s done it twice now; once from the Social Services Department of SC and once from Goodwill.
He is back to work now as the Interim Director of the Waccamaw Youth Center where the board, staff and residents have a lot to celebrate these days, but as has been the case since they started. 21 years ago, they still have a lot of needs.
Shelley has started working in her new role and has already seen the private nonprofit group complete its multi-year accreditation process through the Council on Accreditation, a national group headquartered in New York City, which will now open the door to several types of federal grants that can be made to child welfare facilities like the Waccamaw Center which houses up to 20 “Abused, Abandoned and Severely Neglected Youth, Ages 12-21”.
Shelley says every effort is made to place the young men in private homes before they are posted to WYC.
“We are trying to make it feel like home as much as possible,” he said, which they are trying to do with the help of 13 staff, who work in three shifts.
The acting director said that during his many years on the WYC board he saw pain, anger, grief and often guilt.
“We have stories behind each of our children,” he said.
Shelley says the federal grants they are now eligible for can be used for new services or to improve some of the services already offered.
The group were so excited about their accreditation that they organized a party to celebrate and show off their plaque which will be hung inside the center.
A letter from Jody Levison-Johnson, Chairman and CEO of the Board, commended the Conway Group for their efforts.
“On behalf of the Council on Accreditation (COA), I am delighted to inform you that Waccamaw Youth Center, Inc. has been accredited. Accreditation is a tremendous achievement that demonstrates that your organization has been recognized as a supplier that has successfully implemented high performance standards and as such provides the highest quality services to all of its stakeholders. .