About Safe Place
Safe Place is a national youth outreach program established in 1983. Through a network of businesses and public sites, Safe Place gives youth in crisis access to immediate help and safety. Safe Place sites make it possible for children and teens that are in threatening situations to access help when and where they need it.Lincoln Safe Place
In July 2011, People’s City Mission was awarded a contract to be the lead local Safe Place agency in Lincoln from National Safe Place. Now young people can enter over 50 Safe Place sites across Lincoln in order to get help and safety. Designated sites who proudly display the Safe Place sign are:
• Lincoln Fire and Rescue Stations
• Senator McGill’s office (Nebraska State Capitol Rm 1212)
• Lincoln Journal Star
• Whitehead Oil Company office building
• Scooter’s Coffeehouses
• The Bay (Lincoln’s only indoor skatepark)
• The Gameroom
• Campus Life
• JPK Investment Motors
• News Link
When a young person arrives at one of these sites, trained staff will provide youth safety in their location, get a general idea of what is wrong and call People’s City Mission, the Safe Place agency, to pick up the troubled youth so that they can be brought to our shelter where they will be offered supportive services to meet their needs.
Why Youth Need Safe Place
Youth also run away from home for many reasons such as to escape abuse or neglect, drug or alcohol problems of family members, family members who make them leave or perhaps they feel they just don't belong. Many times leaving home is not a choice they want to make. According to National Runaway Switchboard, between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. And according to one statistic, one out of three runaways will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.
No matter what the reason, now youth in Lincoln have a safer alternative. They can go to any designated Safe Place site that displays the Safe Place sign to get immediate help. And once they are at People’s City Mission, the Safe Place agency, young people have a chance to think through their problems with the support of caring people who will offer supportive services to both them and their families.
The wonderful thing is that Safe Place not only benefits our youth but it also provides opportunities for the community to work together in order to keep youth safer. Way to go Lincoln!
For more information about National Safe Place go to http://www.nationalsafeplace.org.