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Project Safe Place designed to help youth

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013

Project Safe Place is a national program designed to provide youth with immediate assistance during times of crisis. The Safe Place & Host Homes program have been providing youth in Huntington County with immediate assistance since 1990.

The program goal is designed to prevent young people from becoming a runaway, becoming homeless or getting involved in other risky behaviors. Youth can access the program by contacting the Crisis phone at (260) 560-7676 or by stopping at one of the 47 businesses throughout Huntington County displaying the large yellow and black sign.

“The Safe Place sites are vital for the success of this program. Without these caring businesses, youth would not have the visual reminder of the program nor would they have safe places to go to in times of crisis,” stated Ryan Beeching, program coordinator.

The YMCA, 1160 W 500 N, has been a Safe Place site since April of 1997. The Y is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weekend hours vary but are clearly posted on the entry doors. A large Safe Place “if we are closed sign” clearly provides the crisis number for quick access.

“The Safe Place emblems on our entry doors convey the message that our neighbors experiencing a time of crisis can rely on the Y to connect them to the professional guidance of a trained team member of the YSB,” stated Ryan Lemon, executive director Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. “By collaborating with the YSB as a Safe Place site, we are showing a commitment to expanding our emphasis on youth development and social responsibility.”

Pizza Hut, 101 Frontage Road, has been a Safe Place site since October of 1997. Youth and families can receive help at Pizza Hut with hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

When asked why they became a Safe Place site, Ralph Johnson, manager stated, “We are committed to the youth and families of our community. We wanted to be able to provide a safe place for youth to go in times of crisis. That commitment has not changed.”

To learn more about the Safe Place program or the Youth Services Bureau, contact the office at (260) 356-9681 or visit www.ysbofhuntingtonco.org. Check out the Safe Place facebook page at www.facebook.com/safe.huntington.