United Way Funds National Safe Place
Over the past year, AYR has partnered with YouthCare and Friends of Youth in providing support for young people in crisis. Recently, United Way of King County stepped up to support the Safe Place program, funding each agency to provide an on-call youth counselor to respond to youth in need.
The National Safe Place program connects youth in crisis with provider agencies through a network of local businesses designated as “Safe Places.” These services help runaway and homeless youth resolve their crisis and remain in a safe and stable environment.
The King County Safe Place program has partnered the three regional providers of services to runaway and homeless youth (AYR, Friends of Youth and YouthCare) with King County Metro, King County Library System, YMCA of Greater Seattle, Compass Housing Alliance, and over 60 businesses in King County. When a youth is in crisis, all they need to do is ask for help at any of these locations (or ask for assistance from any Metro bus driver) and he or she will be connected with Safe Place. A Safe Place youth counselor will then meet the youth within 45 minutes and assess his or her needs, helping the young person get to a shelter or return to their guardian if it is safe to do so.
These services are a vital link for runaway and homeless youth that often find themselves in danger living on the streets. AYR would like to thank all of our partners in this endeavor. If you have a business and would like to become a designated Safe Place location, please contact our Safe Place Coordinator, Claire Petersen, at 253-350-0443, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.