The Hazelwood Fire Department is proud to be a part of the A Safe Place program.
A Safe Place is a program where immediate access to help and other supportive resources are available for young people in a crisis. Volunteers with the program will come and meet with the youth at a A Safe Place site and assist them to obtain a number of services including counseling or a temporary shelter.
A Safe Place Shelters
The A Safe Place program was initiated in Louisville, Kentucky in 1983 and has gradually expanded to 96 cities across the United States. In St. Louis, the A Safe Place program is directed by Youth in Need, which also operates the Youth Emergency Shelter program. These are all temporary shelters for young people in a crisis situation.
Teenagers are three to five times more likely than any other age group to be victimized by other people, and those who run away from home are in constant danger on the streets. Project A Safe Place can help keep our teenagers safe. A teen can go to a Hazelwood fire station displaying the yellow and black A Safe Place sign.
Teenagers who ask for help will receive help from a trained volunteer within 15 minutes of their call. This help is free and confidential and might include counseling at the shelter, a ride home, or other services. A representative from A Safe Place will also visit local schools upon request to give out information about the A Safe Place program.
Don’t wait until problems get out of hand - run to safety. The longer teenagers are away from home, the greater the distance grows between them and their families. A Safe Place is a place to run to for help.