Lafayette Township Fire Protection District is now certified with the Safe Place Youth Outreach program.
Safe Place, a youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety, is a nation wide program started in Louisville, Ky in 1983 by the YMCA teen shelter. There are 77 locations across Floyd and Clark counties.
How Safe Place works
If a young person needs immediate help or safety, they can depend on any location with the Safe Place sign. Our fire house at 4002 Scottsville Rd. is available anytime, day or night for youth in need.
Step One – A young person enters a Safe Place and asks for help.
Step Two – Our firefighters on duty have a comfortable place for the youth to wait while they call the licensed Safe Place agency in Clark county.
Step Three – Within 30 minutes, a qualified Safe Place volunteer or agency staff member will arrive to talk with the youth and, if necessary, provide transportation to the agency.
Step Four – Once at the agency, counselors meet with the youth and provide support. Agency staff makes sure the youth and their families receive the help and professional services they need.
According to Safe Place, youth may experience difficult problems during their young lives. These may lead young people to make difficult, and sometimes dangerous decisions in an effort to escape what it is they are going through. Sometimes, youth feel they don’t belong, and leaving home is often not a choice they want to make. Providing Safe Place as a resource for youth provides a safety net for them, thereby strengthening families and communities.
Sometimes youth need help and safety from an immediate threat from strangers and even friends. Riding with an unsafe or under-the-influence driver can be a very real danger. Being separated or stranded from friends in unfamiliar and possibly dangerous surroundings can lead to tragic outcomes. Safe Place can provide a safe way to get reconnected with loved ones, possibly preventing victimization and further injury.
Regardless of the reason, young people have a place to turn in times of need. Youth may visit any designated Safe Place location and receive immediate help.
Youth can also Text4Help. Text the word “safe” and your location (address, city, state) to 4help (44357). Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number for the local youth agency.
For immediate help, reply with “2chat” to text interactively with a trained counselor. It’s quick, easy, safe, and confidential. TXT 4 HELP is a free service offered to all youth in crisis.
LTFPD is proud to be apart of this program and continuing our efforts to provide outreach and safety to our community.