Safe Place Week is an effort to increase awareness about the importance of youth safety and the dangers young people face when they are in crisis situations.
It highlights the Safe Place program which brings together businesses to provide help for youth facing abuse, neglect, bullying or serious family problems that have prompted them to leave home.
There are 371 Safe Place sites in Lake and Porter counties, from fast food restaurants to fire stations, and libraries to post offices.
Safe Place is a national network of nearly 20,000 partnering businesses and community locations that display the Safe Place sign in their windows. As youth enter and ask for help, staff members connect them to the Crisis Center’s Alternative House for assistance.
In 2013, 220 youth were sheltered at Alternative House through Safe Place and the Crisis Center’s Safely Home program that engages police safety officers in the effort to prevent harm to young people and provide quick transport to the shelter.
A list of Safe Place sites in Lake and Porter counties is available at crisiscenterysb.org or by calling (219) 938-7070. Businesses interested in becoming a Safe Place site may call Gavin Mariano, at (219) 938-2707.