Safe Place is a program that quickly connects youth in crisis to help, through a network of local businesses designated as “Safe Places.” These resources help runaways resolve their crises and remain in a stable environment, safe from predators and with appropriate help.
A teen in crisis can call 1 (800) 422-TEEN to connect directly with a Safe Place Coordinator. Alternatively, a young person can ask for help at any of these locations (or from any Metro bus driver), and within 45 minutes a Safe Place Coordinator will arrive to provide assistance.
The program in King County is run by YouthCare, Nexus Youth & Families (Auburn Youth Resources), and Friends of Youth in partnership with local businesses and non-profit organizations that have volunteered to be “Safe Places.”
If you need help (ages 12-17):
If you need a place to stay, you can go to any Safe Place site and say "I need a safe place." The staff will arrange for you to be met by a youth counselor who can help you find shelter or other services. You can also call Safe Place directly at 1 (800) 422-TEEN.
YouthCare also offers shelter and housing options for youth ages 12-24, as well as education, job training, case management, and more. Click here to learn more about our shelter, housing, employment, and education programs for young people.
Become a Safe Place:
Your business can help keep our community’s children safe by opening its doors as a Safe Place site, where young people know they can ask for help and wait for that help to arrive. As a Safe Place site, you will receive free training and support, and join the nearly 18,000 businesses and communities nationwide serving as Safe Places.
For more information, contact YouthCare's Safe Place Coordinator at (206) 204-1405 or firstname.lastname@example.org.