An outreach program partnering with local businesses to help get kids off the street and to safety
Safe Place – Where kids get help fast! Safe Place is an outreach, education, and runaway prevention program that provides immediate help to youth in crisis. Youth may end up on the street for a number of different reasons – running away from home, at-risk of abuse or neglect, in need of respite from a volatile home situation, or maybe they went out with friends who were drinking and wound up without a safe way home.
Whatever the reason, youth can request help from any business displaying the black and yellow Safe Place sign. The employee will call CCYS and the youth will be transported to our shelter.
Established in Louisville, Kentucky in 1983, Safe Place is a national program and has sites in 41 states. CCYS operates the Safe Place program in the North Florida Big Bend.
Safe Place services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Youth in need of assistance should ask an employee at a Safe Place site or may access shelter services and counseling by calling 850.576.6000 or 1.800.RUNAWAY at anytime.
For more information about the local program, including how to become a Safe Place site, contact Brittany Melin, Community Outreach Coordinator.