Hillcrest Safe Place Program – Keeping Kids Safe
Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that educates thousands of young people every year about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own. Safe Place involves the whole community to provide safe havens and resources for youth in crisis.
Safe Place creates a network of “Safe Place Locations” – youth friendly businesses, schools, fire stations, libraries, YMCAs and other appropriate public buildings that display the distinctive yellow and black Safe Place sign.
Evansville’s designated Safe Place sites extend the doors of our emergency shelter throughout the community. Youth, ages 12 to 17, are easily able to access immediate help wherever they are.
How Safe Place Works
- A youth in crisis walks into a designated Safe Place location (identified by a Safe Place sign or decal) and tells the first available employee that they need Safe Place help.
- The employee will find a quiet, comfortable place for the youth to wait while they call the local Safe Place contact.
- The Safe Place contact will call the location back to identify the volunteer or staff member who will come to meet the young person at the location.
- Ideally, within 20-30 minutes, the Safe Place volunteer or staff member will arrive to talk with the youth and transport him or her to the agency for counseling, support, a place to stay, or other resources.
- Once at Hillcrest, counselors meet with the youth and provide support, resources and help. They make sure the youth and their families receive the help and professional referrals they need. (Family members or guardians are called to let them know that their youth is safe.) The youth serving agency helps the youth and the family through a difficult time or crisis situation through counseling and support services.
- Most young people hear about Safe Place during school presentations. Each student is presented with a Safe Place information card. This card has the local Safe Place phone number and tells them that Safe Place help is free and confidential. Teens also hear about the program through word of mouth and public service announcements on radio or TV.
We would like the opportunity to tell you more about our local Safe Place program. For more information or to schedule a presentation please contact Stacy West at 812.423.5816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about National Safe Place: www.nationalsafeplace.org