The Store of Hope
The “Store of Hope” is a new youth-driven enterprise program for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, focused on providing job readiness training to young people who are involved with the juvenile justice system. The program’s philosophy is rooted in the name itself and is driven by the those with a concern for at-risk youth – staff, volunteers, and community partners – and who are committed to Helping (H) Others (O) Prepare (P) for Employment (E).
The Need for HOPE
The basis of DJJ’s job apprenticeship initiative is its educational-curriculum programs—such as brick, masonry, carpentry, picture framing, welding, and horticulture along with the after school programs including ceramic tile design, sewing, and upholstery, and young craftsmen. The programs offered at DJJ’s Broad River Road Complex in Columbia are showing positive advances in providing our youth with practical manufacturing experience. The Store of Hope will sell the youth-made products - custom-painted metal Palmetto trees, Adirondack chairs, decorative tiles, restored furniture, - and more. Youth will be on site in the Store of Hope to learn skills associated with managing a business including strategic planning, marketing/sales, customer service, communication skills for the workplace, and finance and accounting skills.
Goals and Objectives
The Store of Hope provides DJJ youth with the training and experience needed to develop these important skills and meet another great need: to provide a viable means of marketing and selling the wonderful products produced by our young people to the public.
The program is designed to help DJJ youth develop the skills and abilities needed to: 1) Secure meaningful employment or further education or training; 2) Repair the harm caused by their crimes to victims and their families; 4) Give back to the community through service learning opportunities: 5) Successfully meet the conditions of their supervision; and 5) Reduce the likelihood of their committing a new crime
The Store of Hope will serve both DJJ youth transitioning to the community from the Broad River Road Complex (BRRC) and youth under DJJ supervision in Richland and Lexington Counties.
Location / Days and Hours of Operation
The Store of Hope is located at 3208 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number is (803) 896-6286.
DJJ staff may refer youth between the ages of 16-19 to the program by submitting a completed Store of Hope Referral Form. The referral form may be emailed to Melanie Pompey, Store of Hope Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to her at (803) 896-4736.
For more information about the Store of Hope, please contact:
Melanie Pompey, Store of Hope Manager, at
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
4900 Broad River Road
Columbia SC, 29212-3552
The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age. THE FOLLOWING OFFICES HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED TO HANDLE INQUIRIES REGARDING THE NONDISCRIMINATON POLICIES: Title IX -- Inspector General's Office -- 803-896-9595 Title II & 504 -- Special Education Office -- 803-896-8484.