A grand opening celebration took place last week at One80 Place, a homeless shelter in Charleston, to officially open the facility's new SCE&G Family Center Playground.
One80 Place is located at 35 Walnut St.
The playground site was prepared July 21 by a team of workers from Charleston SCE&G's gas operations, electric operations and call center. The volunteers moved plants and trees, removed pavers, tore down old railings, moved a storage shelter and evened the ground at the site. A professional team recently came in to install playground equipment; an SCE&G work crew then put on the final touches for the playground's opening.
Previously, there was no outdoor play equipment at the shelter, even though the number of children who stay there has continued to increase (last year, 145 lived there). SCE&G fully funded the new playground.
One80 Place is the largest provider of comprehensive services to homeless people in South Carolina, giving shelter each night to more than 180 men, women and children in its three facilities and serving three meals a day to its residents.