Project H.O.M.E. (Helping Others Mirror Excellence)
Project H.O.M.E. Foundation (Mickey’s House) is an initiative by Kim Wilson, former Charleston County’s Executive Director of Secondary Learning and former R.B. Stall High School’s principal, in North Charleston, SC, to provide a home for displaced high school students. Mickey’s House provides a safe home for students that live in the Charleston County School district. Live-in house parents provide supervision and a nurturing home environment.
Research shows a large drop out rate among homeless students and Project H.O.M.E. Foundation aspires to provide them with much needed assistance to see these men through high school graduation, and potentially break the cycle of homelessness in their lives. Just in the North Charleston area there were 277 displaced (homeless) children in 2015-16. Mickey’s House accepts male diploma seeking displaced students who are between the ages of 17 and 21 and are enrolled in high school.
The Goals of Mickey’s House are:
1. Decrease in drop-out rates for male students that are displaced and participate in the program
2. Increase in academic grades, including GPA for participating students
3. Increase in participant’s school attendance
4. Higher percentage of students that participate in the program pursuing higher education
Mickey Welch whom the home is named after provided the capital to build a brand-new house in North Charleston off of Ashley Phosphate Road. We opened for students in 2018.
In 2020 three students lived in the home. We can take up to 4 students and any given time. One student has been living in the home for two years and has one year left before graduating. Two former Mickey’s House students have graduated and gone on to College.
We provide all living expenses for the students that live in Mickey’s House. House parent supplement, food, clothing, school related items (yearbook, graduation costs, uniforms, athletic and fine arts uniforms and equipment, etc.), daily household items (shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent, paper products, cleaning products, etc.) but most importantly house parents who genuinely love and care for these kids.
Project Home Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists only because of generous individual donations we receive. Our approximate annual cost to run the home is $50,000.00.