[vc_row inner_container=”true” no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]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 provides emergency services as well as temporary housing for youth in these situations. Rainbow House, Inc. embraces this community initiative to provide safe havens and resources for youth in crisis.[/text_output][line][text_output]
Why Kids Need Safe Place
Kids experience many difficult situations including problems at home, problems at school, trouble with peers, riding with an unsafe driver, being in a dangerous situation on a date, or being locked out of the house.
Kids may also leave home to escape abuse or neglect, drug or alcohol problems of family members, family members who make them leave or make them feel they don’t belong. Many times leaving home is not a choice they want to make. National agencies estimate that over one million young people run away from home each year.
No matter what the reason, kids do have a safer alternative. They can go to any designated Safe Place site to get immediate help. These young people deserve access to a Safe Place and a chance to think through their problems with the support of caring adults.[/text_output][line][text_output]
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Safe Place creates a network of “Safe Place locations”. These are youth friendly businesses, schools, fire stations, libraries, YMCAs and other appropriate public buildings. These facilities display the distinctive yellow and black Safe Place sign. In many communities the local transit system takes part, designating buses as mobile Safe Place sites.
In Clayton County, all local QuikTrip service stations, local and city Fire Departments and the Clayton County Public School System are designated Safe Place locations.
How it Works
The Rainbow House’s Safe Place Program provides immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis. Teens can text the word Safe and their current location (city/state/zip) to 69866 for immediate help and within seconds will receive a text message with the closest Safe Place location, youth shelter or hotline number.
Once a youth goes to one of the Safe Place sites partnered with Rainbow House in Fayette, Fulton, Henry, DeKalb and Clayton County, the Safe Place staff member there contacts Rainbow House in order for the child to come here. Once at the agency, 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. The youth serving agency helps the youth and the family through a difficult time or crisis situation through counseling and support services.
Need to Know More?
Click here for more information on the National Safe Place’s Text 4 Help initiative.
For more information on our Safe Place program, please contact the Safe Place Coordinator at (770) 603-4187, and if in need of a Safe Place please contact the Rainbow House, Inc. at (770) 478-6905.
(Safe Place description and program information was copied from the National Safe Place Website: www.nationalsafeplace.org)[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]