RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – This week is National Safe Place Week. A neighborhood nonprofit is spreading consciousness to assist hold our youth out of hurt’s means.
“It allows them to advocate for themselves, their own safety, their own voice.”
Safe Place is a nationwide program that gives teens in crisis with safe, non permanent shelter to flee harmful conditions or homelessness. The Children’s Cabinet turned a safe place company in 2003. Since then, it’s gotten practically 2,000 teens in crisis right into a safer setting.
“Without the safe place program, where would they have gone? what would they have done?” Hargrove stated.
Safe Place is important for the security and wellbeing of youth in our neighborhood as anybody can entry assist earlier than their scenario turns into a crisis.
There are at present 59 safe place websites in Washoe County, together with the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. If you see a yellow diamond signal on the door, youngsters ages 12-17 can stroll proper in and ask for assist in the event that they really feel their security is threatened at dwelling, faculty, or in the neighborhood.
Hargrove added, “The staff there has been trained to know how to respond to that youth by calling us the children’s cabinet and we would respond immediately and meet with the youth in person to find out what’s happening and what we can do to keep them safe.”
Safe Place consists of a nationwide community of greater than 22,000 partnering companies and neighborhood areas, similar to fast-food eating places (McDonald’s), comfort shops, fireplace stations, public buses, libraries, and church buildings together with the Sparks United Methodist Church, which show the Safe Place signal in their home windows.
No matter your age, Hargrove says they’ll do no matter they’ll to attach you to native sources. There’s no crisis too massive or too small to hunt this 24-hour assist.
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help, it’s so important to ask help, and we admire the courage you have to ask for help,” Hargrove stated.
All it’s important to do is name the toll-free quantity 1-800-356-4588 or textual content “SAFE” to 4HELP (44357).
“It really is rewarding to your heart to know that you made a difference in this teen’s life.”
The Children’s Cabinet will even be handing out Safe Place supplies, hygiene kits, and different requirements at homeless websites and Safe Place associate areas all through the week.
Local companies are inspired to think about turning into a safe place web site in Washoe County. For extra data, click here or name the group at 775-856-6200. You can even assist The Children’s Cabinet’s efforts of protecting kids safe and households collectively by donating to its trigger.
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