In 2009, the founders of North Strand Housing Shelter, along with several churches in the area, felt compelled to explore possible opportunities to assist the significant number of under-served individuals in the Grand Strand areas of Horry County. Many of these were residing in sub-standard housing or were homeless, possibly living in their cars. In response, they initiated a coordinated effort of faith-based and community assistance to address the homeless in the North Strand.
This led to planning for the first over-night shelter in this area of Horry County.
Through the support of private donations, in 2010, they were able to acquire a house (which became North Strand Housing Shelter) on Route 9 in a centralized location between Longs and Little River. The house was in disrepair but through community help they were able to make repairs and open the doors. Contributions and fundraising activities helped with the initial start-up costs to open and operate the shelter. The North Strand Housing Shelter (NSHS) began housing guests in December, 2010.
Shelter guests may stay for seven days but after that time they must actively pursue employment and or housing.
In 2013 we had 636 applicants and the needs continue to grow. Our 2019 records show we received calls representing 1,090 applicants. We were able to house 171 people. Because of our family rooms, we were able to house 25 families with 37 children as well as 42 veterans.
37 children are off the streets and given new opportunity.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael Bolch-Retired Mechanical Engineer, Founder
Dana Black-Licensed Contractor, Executive Director, Founder
Ed Horton-Anderson Brothers Bank, City Executive
Anne Parker-Retired Business Owner
Ron Bogle-The Center for Counseling and Wellness, Founder
Sarah Thomas-Young Interiors, Owner
Mendel Bell-Touch Med Spa, Owner
Pamela Schorr-Waterbrook Community Church, Administrator