Since 2013, we have led the collaborative effort to end homelessness in Horry County. As homelessness has become a growing issue in American society, we stand ready to assist those in need by providing shelter, a meal, basic necessities, and more.
New Directions was established in 2013 as a collaborative effort to better assist homeless, men, women, and families in our community. This effort was begun by consolidating three independent local shelters into one organization: Street Reach Ministries, a shelter for single men and women (est. 1994), LifeLine, a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence (est. 2013), and the Center for Women and Children. These shelters were reorganized and reopened under the umbrella of New Directions and became New Directions for Men, New Directions for Women, and New Directions Snug Harbor Transitional Housing respectively. A fourth shelter, Myrtle Beach Haven, was opened in 2008, and became incorporated into New Directions in August 2015 as New Directions for Families.
By streamlining the services of these formerly independent agencies, greater efficiency and effective help became available to those in crisis and a more comprehensive approach to helping the homeless in Horry County was born. Our approach is that when life takes an unexpected turn, shelter is the first step to normalcy. That, plus basic needs, leads one toward the resources vital to reintegration to society, which breeds hope and desire in individuals and positive change in our community.
Thanks to generous donors, collaboration with local government and partner agencies, and support from our community, we are able to provide the homeless an escape from hopelessness, a path to normalcy, and reintegration into society. Our story and in essence, our fight to end homelessness, is ongoing, as everyday we work to move people from shelter, to hope, to change.