Safe Place provides immediate access to help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by youth serving agencies, trained volunteers and businesses. Initiated in 1983 by the YMCA of Greater Louisville, the success of Safe Place prompted its replication by youth service agencies across the country.
In addition to the traditional Safe Place program model, National Safe Place Network also operates TXT 4 HELP, a 24/7 text-for-support service for youth in need.
Safe Place Program Statistics: 1983 – March 1, 2017:
- 167,285 Youth have been connected to immediate help and safety at Safe Place locations
- 179,837 Youth have received counseling by phone as a result of Safe Place school outreach
- 138 Safe Place programs operated by youth service agencies (including ten communities with a Safe Place designated shelter)
- 37 Safe Place states
- 20,304 Safe Place sites available across the country
- 1,450 Communities served by Safe Place
- 14,572,770 Students have learned about Safe Place through classroom presentations
TXT 4 HELP Service Statistics: 2009 – March 1, 2017
- 70,419 Incoming texts received
TXT 4 HELP Interactive Service Statistics: 2013 – February 28, 2016
- 3,713 interactive texting cases