Thursday, October 19th, 2017

National Safe Place week is March 15-21

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015

National Safe Place is a crisis intervention program offered throughout the United States. The Youth Services Bureau of Huntington County is one of eleven Safe Place programs in Indiana. The YSB has been offering this vital program in Huntington County since 1990.

The main goal of the Safe Place program is to provide immediate crisis intervention to Huntington County’s young people. This could be a runaway situation, a youth on a violent date needing a way to safely get help, family disputes or a wide variety of other issues young people face on a daily basis. Because Huntington County is such a rural community it is necessary for youth to have a place they can quickly access services. This is accomplished through a network of 47 dedicated businesses located throughout Huntington County that are designated as Safe Place sites. These businesses proudly display the large yellow Safe Place sign and are trained and able to assist youth in times of need.

Once a youth seeks assistance through the Safe Place program, the trained program staff assesses the situation and provides the needed support to the youth and his/her family. These services could include conflict mediation, referrals to other services such as physical or mental health providers, often times the youth just needs a neutral shoulder to lean on while they figure out their own situation. Youth today are facing tough issues such as drug abuse, sexual issues, family conflicts, increased incidences of suicides among friends and family members, etc. The need for the Safe Place program in Huntington County only continues to increase.

In 2014, over 104 youth received services through one of the Safe Place sites. Over 5,000 youth received information about Safe Place through class room and community presentations.

“We would like to take this time to thank all of the Safe Place sites for their efforts and their willingness to help youth in Huntington County,” shared Steve Ward, Safe Place/Host Home coordinator.

To learn more about the Safe Place program or the Youth Services Bureau, call the office at (260) 356-9681 or email questions to s.ward@ysbofhuntingotnco.org or adm@ysbofhuntintonco.org. The website is www.ysbofhuntingtonco.org.