What is Safe Place?
SAFE PLACE consists of a national network of more than 21,000 partnering businesses and community locations, such as fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, public buses and libraries, that display the Safe Place sign in their windows. As youth enter a designated Safe Place and ask for help, trained staff members connect them to the appropriate licensed youth agency for assistance.
Statistics show that 30% of runaway children are lured into sex trafficking within 48 hours on the street.
In addition to Safe Place sites, youth in crisis may also access immediate help by texting the word “safe” and their current location to 4HELP (44357). The youth will receive a reply with the nearest Safe Place location and the phone number for the local Safe Place agency. Youth in crisis can also text interactively with a counselor for more help.
With human trafficking at an all-time high, youth on the streets are in great danger. Together, we can help them get to a safe place quickly.
About Christian City, your local Safe Place agency
CHRISTIAN CITY was established in 1965. The 500-acre campus in South Fulton County includes the Children’s Village Residential Program, Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program, Crossroads Foster Care & Adoption Program and homes for active senior adults.
Metro Atlanta Counties Served by Christian City Safe Place
CHRISTIAN CITY’S Safe Place Runaway & Homeless Youth Program serves a large part of the metro Atlanta area through a partnership with QuikTrip gas stations, YMCA of Metro Atlanta, and some fire stations, in the following counties: Fulton, Douglas, Carroll, Fayette, Coweta, DeKalb, and Cobb. Other Safe Place agencies serve the remainder of metro Atlanta.
Meet your Safe Place Coordinators
TAM AND KELVIN FINLAY respond 24/7 to metro Atlanta youth in crisis who reach out for help through the Safe Place Program. The Finlays are also responsible for connecting with community partners and school social workers to increase awareness of the Safe Place Program among middle school and high school students in the following counties: Fulton, Douglas, Carroll, Fayette, Coweta, DeKalb, and Cobb.
Safe Place Resource Links
Safe Place is a community program where youth agencies, local businesses and local governments partner to create a network of places where youth in crisis can get immediate help. The Safe Place community assures a 24/7 option is available for young people. Learn more about the National Safe Place Program here.
Safe Place signs are bright yellow and black, diamond-shaped signs with the words “Safe Place” in the center – like the one pictured here.
The Safe Place logo can be found on sites such as the following: Libraries, Fire Stations, YMCA, Fast Food, Community Centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, Convenient stores, etc. Learn more about where Safe Place is here.
If your location meets the requirements listed below and you want to learn more about becoming a Safe Place Site in one of the Metro Atlanta counties served by Christian City, please contact our Safe Place Coordinators to learn more.
Kelvin Finlay: 470-588-1766
Tam Finlay: 470-588-1677
Minimum Requirements to Serve as a Safe Place Site:
** Easily accessible
** Youth friendly – safe and comfortable
** Ideally open 24 hours a day/otherwise as many hours as possible
** Located in a high traffic area
** At least two trained employees on duty
The teen will let the Safe Place site know they are in crisis and need assistance from Safe Place. The staff/manager at the site then calls the local youth service agency and lets them know they have a youth needing assistance. The site will make sure the teen is provided a safe area to wait while the agency sends a volunteer or staff.
The staff will speak with the teen to determine what is going on and what services would be most helpful. Together, they will decide if the teen needs to go to the shelter for continued support and resources or what the next step is. Teens are not forced to go to a shelter.
If a teen decides to stay at the shelter, the youth service agency will contact the parents/guardians and notify them of their whereabouts and to assure them the teen is alright.
It’s never too early to talk about Safe Place. It’s about educating youth that there are Safe Place in their community that can assist when needed.
There are lots of ways you can share information about Safe Place to teens. Face-to-face conversations are the best, but you may also get creative to make sure the information is retained. Learn more about educating youth about Safe Place here.
TXT 4 HELP is a national texting initiative available to youth 24/7. Teens can text the word “Safe” to 69866. They will be asked for their current location. Once entered, they will be given the Safe Place location nearest them. They will have the option to respond with the word “2chat” to be directly connected to a counselor. Learn more about TXT 4 HELP here. You may also view the TXT 4 HELP FAQs here.
Safe Place Coordinators
Kelvin Finlay: 470-588-1766
Tam Finlay: 470-588-1677
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