Street Outreach


Project Lighthouse

AGES 16 up to 22

Located at 305-C Hwy. 15, Hewitt Plaza,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577


The intent of this program is to provide educational, informational, and prevention support for runaway, homeless, street youth. The program constitutes the first line of defense for street youth, identifying issues unique to this population and providing needed services.

Travel Kit: Backpack with toiletries, watch, disposable camera, journal, pen, phone card, or other necessities
Wallet Assembly: ID card (recognized by local law enforcement), program literature, and local service agency information
Personal Services: Showers, clothing, food, laundry facilities, contact with family, and referrals to local service agencies
Food vouchers available at Ocean Boulevard hotels for youth to receive food boxes from center.
Help for victims of trafficking, slave labor and exploitation, call us immediately.
Individual/family counseling if applicable
Assistance with medical, dental referrals
Assistance with obtaining birth certificates and I.D.s required by law
Participation in community service projects
Volunteer and intern opportunities for university and high school students
Opportunities to show us your talents in art, music, drama, dance, photography, etc.

The Drop-In Center is located at:
305-C Highway 15, Hewitt Place
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

S.C. 2016 annual Point in Time Count estimated a total of 384 families were identified as experiencing homelessness, which included 759 children under 18 and 307 youth ages 18-24. Horry County ranked in the top 5 of the largest number of individual experiencing homelessness with 20% in emergency shelter and 32% in Transitional Housing at the time of the 2016 count. 131 new youth were interacted with the drop in center.

"This program will not abet street life…
but will offer services that may reduce the risks that life on the street ultimately carries."


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Melinda Lautzenhiser
Director of Operations

(843) 626-1446

Andy Whipple
Program Director

Ben Valiusaitis
Lead Outreach Worker

Sara Harless
Outreach Worker