South Bend, Ind. You may have seen the yellow signs before, designating locations as "safe places” for youth in crisis.
On Monday, St. Joseph County is kicking off National Safe Place Week by bringing awareness to the community about those safe places – such as the South Bend Regional Airport – which is only the third airport in the U.S. to become designated as such.
“We have a great safety network,” said Christina McGovern of the St. Joseph County Youth Services Bureau. “We have over 143 individual safe place sites throughout the county.”
Locally, McGovern said they’ve helped about 40 kids in the last year and a half, with the South Bend Fire stations being the most used sites.
“We follow procedures that protect the adolescent’s confidentiality, and that’s handled very professionally, and then the Safe Place people come and take over,” said South Bend Assistant Fire Chief Andy Myer.
There will be events going on all week to get this important information out to the public. To learn more about the National Safe Place program, click here. You can also click here to learn more about the Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County.