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Safe Place

 

On Monday, July 9th, the Providence Village Town Council approved a proposal to establish Town Hall as a “Safe Place” location.  Located at 1745 FM 2931, Providence Village, TX (under the water town), Town Hall is now a place where youth can go for help.  If Town Hall is closed, call 1-800-568-7776 for help.

What is Safe Place?
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. A Safe Place location provides a safe haven and resources for youth in crisis.  Designated by the yellow and black diamond-shaped Safe Place sign, a Safe Place location extends the doors of the youth service agencies and emergency shelters throughout the community.  Youth can easily access immediate help wherever they are.

What happens when a youth goes to a Safe Place site?
They tell an employee, “I need a Safe Place.” The employee will find a safe and comfortable spot where they can wait while the employee contacts the local Safe Place agency. A Safe Place volunteer or agency will arrive to talk with the youth.

How Does Safe Place Work?

Should a youth need assistance, they can depend on any location with the Safe Place sign. The following steps describe how Safe Place is intended to work:

Step One – The youth arrives at a designated Safe Place location (identified by a Safe Place sign or decal) and tells the first available employee that they need help.

Step Two – The employee finds a quiet, comfortable place for the youth to wait while they call the local Safe Place agency.

Step Three – The Safe Place agency calls the location back to identify a trained volunteer who will come to meet the young person at the location.

Step Four – Within 20-30 minutes or less, the Safe Place volunteer or staff member will arrive to talk with the youth and transport them to the agency for counseling, support, a place to stay or other resources.

Step Five – Once at the Safe Place agency, counselors meet with the youth and provide support, resources and help. Family members or guardians are called to let them know that their child is safe. Agency staff make sure the youth and their families receive the help and professional referrals they need.

Most young people hear about Safe Place during school presentations. Each student is presented with a Safe Place information card that has the local Safe Place phone number and explains that Safe Place help is free and confidential.

What is TXT 4 HELP?
TXT 4 HELP is a nationwide service offered by Safe Place to help teens connect to the closest location where they can get immediate help and safety.

Here is how it works:

If a youth is in a crisis, they can text the word SAFE, along with their current location (address/city/state), to the number 69866

The Safe Place agency will  text the youth back with an address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter.  In cities that don’t have a Safe Place program, the youth will receive the name and number of the nearest youth shelter.  This text service is available nationwide.

 
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