Neighbors helping neighbors. That’s the mentality of Patrick Properties Hospitality Group.
Patrick Properties hosted a holiday celebration at Lowndes Grove Plantation for the residents of the Florence Crittenton home, an organization that provides support for pregnant young women.
“It’s a great way to give back to our neighbors. We want them to know they have a home not only in Charleston, but also in Wagener Terrace,” said Christie Gregovich, head of public relations and marketing for Patrick Properties.
The women were given free rein inside the historic home and enjoyed hot cocoa and Christmas cookies. Many of them walked to the dock and explored the bedrooms. Amelia + Dan Photography took their photos on the waterfront as a keepsake. At the end of the event, the company surprised them with gifts.
“It’s wonderful because we’re on the same street, but these ladies may have never had the chance to experience this beauty,” said Lisa Belton, the executive director of Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina.
Belton said that the residents also celebrated the holidays by going to the Creative Spark musical “The No Hole Holiday,” viewing the lights at James Island County Park and going to the city Christmas parade among other things.
Randall Goldman, the chief executive officer of Patrick Properties, said the holiday partnership with Florence Crittenton has been going on for three years and makes perfect sense because the homes are only three blocks away from each other on St. Margaret Street downtown.
“The intention is to give them a place where they can escape to,” Goldman said.
“These are young ladies who need the love and support of the community. We want to reinforce that feeling of community. Being pregnant is challenging enough by itself, but being pregnant as a teen is another thing,” Goldman said.
Many of the girls said their favorite part of the day was having their picture taken. Goldman said that he wants this to be something they will always remember.
“If this is memorable for them, then I’ve done my job,” he said.
Goldman said he chose to give back to the organization because of the direct assistance the residents are given. Plus, you’re not helping one person, but two: a mother and her child.
For more information or to donate to Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina go to florencecrittentonsc.org.
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(Left to right) Aaliyah Johnson, Jenna Blackwell and Annie Williams look off a balcony at Lowndes Plantation. (Jade McDuffie/Staff)×
Florence Crittenton resident Aaliyah Johnson, 17, thanks Patrick Properties CEO Randall Goldman with a hug. (Jade McDuffie/Staff)×
Florence Crittenton resident Kazzmin McClain, 22, picks out a gift from the Christmas tree at a holiday celebration at Lowndes Plantation hosted by Patrick Properties. (Jade McDuffie/Staff)×
(Left to right) Amber Coty, Aaliyah Johnson, Lisa Belton, Lauren Park, Dan Hale, Amelia Phillips Hale and Randall Goldman (back). (Jade McDuffie/Staff)×