National Safe Place Week
It’s National Safe Place Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the safe places youth can go in time of need.
You’ve probably seen yellow signs in the windows of police stations, fire stations, libraries and local businesses.
The yellow safe place signs are the universal symbol of youth safety, which means any one ages 12 to 18 can go to a safe place day or night and get help when they feel they have nowhere else to go.
There are 160 safe places in St. Joseph County alone.
“We had a young person last winter walk from an apartment complex to one of the local fire stations in the middle of winter because it was unsafe for her to be at home,” said Christina McGovern of Youth Service Bureau of St. Joseph County. “And so if that happens we want to make sure young people can go to any of these sites across the county."
And to find the nearest safe place, teens can text the word "safe" to 4HELP (44357).
For more information on the Safe Place program,