Safe Place is a nationally acclaimed youth outreach program that involves the whole community to provide safe havens and resources for youth in crisis. It is a way for community youth services agencies to partner with businesses, schools, and other community organizations to help young people.
The program creates a network of “Safe Place” locations (youth friendly business, schools, fire stations, libraries, bus stations, and other public buildings) that displays the safe place sign.
These Safe Place locations extend the doors of the youth service agency or shelter throughout the community, making it easier for youth to get immediate help in their own neighborhoods.
Any youth texting 69866 will receive a response that includes the option to reply with “2chat” for more help, which will then link them to the interactive texting center to chat with a trained mental health professional.
If you have a business and would like to make a youth feel safer,
please contact Sea Haven staff (bottom of this page).
Why youth need a Safe Place…
Youth experience many unsafe situations which may include abuse, dating, violence, problems at home, at schools or with peers, an unsafe driver, being locked or kicked out, and homelessness due to circumstances beyond their control. Youth also leave home for many reasons, such as drug or alcohol problems of a family member who are neglectful or abusive or who make the youth leave. Many times home is not a choice they want to make. National agencies estimate that over one million young people run away from home each year.