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Local YSB participates in national conference

Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014

Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Services Bureau, participated in the National Safe Place Conference, “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference was held October 1 to 3 and had representation from other Safe Place programs across the United States.

The conference provided on-going training in the areas of enhancing services to vulnerable youth, identifying and working with youth at where they are, not where we think they should be, provided opportunities to learn from others who are providing similar services and more. Williams along with fellow director Tom Bingham from the Johnson County Youth Services Bureau presented a workshop titled “Using Host Homes for your Rural Safe Place Program.”

Safe Place is a national prevention program designed to provide youth in crisis with immediate assistance. Through a network of businesses who serve as Safe Place sites, young people can access services immediately if they find themselves in family conflict, thinking of running away, being bullied and numerous other situations. Host Homes is a runaway and homelessness prevention program that works directly with the Safe Place program in Huntington County. The Host Home program is able to provide a “shelter” component for youth, if needed, as they deal with issues within their home. The Youth Services Bureau has been providing Safe Place and Host Homes in Huntington County since 1990.

To learn more about the Safe Place or Host Home program or the agency visit the website at or contact the office at (260) 356-9681. Email questions to