Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Youth Services Bureau thanks to the community

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2018

November is National Runaway Prevention Month and the Youth Services Bureau would like to take this time to thank all of the Safe Place sites and Host Homes serving Huntington County. These caring people are the first line of defense for youth in Huntington County who are contemplating running away.

When faced with a conflict, some youth who do not have appropriate coping skills may think of running away or even contemplate suicide. Safe Place/Host Homes provides youth with immediate access to caring adults when they find themselves dealing with a crisis. The majority of youth who seek assistance through the Safe Place program is due to family issues. However, other reasons youth may seek assistance is if they feel they are being bullied, followed by a stranger, or contemplating suicide.

There were 63 youth who utilized the program in 2017. This number only continues to increase. Without the community partners, such as the Safe Place sites and the Host Homes, Huntington County youth would be left vulnerable.

When youth make the decision to runaway they put themselves at great risk. Youth on the streets are more likely to become victims of abuse, sexual exploitation, malnutrition, and/or depression. They are also more likely to misuse drugs and/or alcohol in order to cope with their situation. Runaway youth are also not maintaining their education which makes gaining employment even more difficult.

Huntington County is very fortunate to have caring businesses serve as Safe Place sites. When you see a business displaying the big yellow Safe Place sign, thank them for their efforts and their willingness to provide youth with immediate assistance. We are blessed to have six families who graciously serve our youth as Host Homes in our community. They are a vital part of our runaway and homelessness efforts.

The Youth Services Bureau would also like to thank the community for being so supportive of the agency and our efforts to meet the needs of Huntington’s young people and their families. Without community support many youth and families would not have the support they so desperately need.

Sincerely,

Jan Williams
Executive Director
Youth Services Bureau