Safe Place Week
When teens find themselves in crisis or need a place to stay, they should know how and where to get help. Our nation’s young people deserve safety and shelter, and many youth feel they don’t have either. Thanks to Safe Place, immediate help is never too far away.
Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. As a community initiative, the program designates schools, fire stations, libraries, and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, which display the yellow and black sign.
Safe Place locations extend the doors of the local youth service agency or shelter to support teens in crisis situations, creating a safety net for youth.
Help The Relatives grow awareness about Safe Place by participating in these events throughout the week:
Monday 19th: Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center and The Vue lit with The Relatives colors
Tuesday 20th: Eat at 2 Chicks and a Truck as they become the first designated food truck Safe Place mobile site
Wednesday 21st: Check out Wilson’s World on WCCB in the morning and join us at the Kendra Scott Fundraiser at South Park Mall 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday 22nd: Safe Place art winner announced at CATS Media Day
Friday 23rd: Find a Safe Place sign at one of our local Safe Place partner sites listed below
Saturday 24th: Robert’s Walk and Community Celebration
Robert’s Walk and Community Celeberattion
Please join The Relatives as we journey from Freedom Park up East Boulevard to The Relatives Youth Crisis Center in honor of those who have taken the journey from crisis to safety, stability and successful futures.
9:00am—9:30am: Vendor Setup
9:30am—10:00am: Walk Registration at Freedom Park
10:00am—10:15am: Robert’s Story at Freedom Park
10:15am—10:30pm: Robert’s Walk from Freedom Park to The Relatives Youth Crisis Center
10:30am—12:30pm: Community Celebration, The Relatives Youth Crisis Center, 1100 East Boulevard
10:30am and 11:30am: Mission Tours by staff about all of our programs, inside the Crisis Center
Free food, music, entertainment, kid’s activities, partner organization booths, giveaways, face painting and more
Parking for Community Celebration
Sumwalt Law Firm (1114 East Blvd.)
Dilworth United Methodist Church (605 East Blvd.)
Hankins & Whittington Funeral Home (1111 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203)
First Christian Church (1200 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203)
If you would like to perform or be a vendor at the event, email Dominique Dehardt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to volunteer to help our event go smoothly, email Christina Nunez at email@example.com.
Partner with The Relatives and Provide a Safe Place for Youth
The Relatives is the Safe Place agency for Mecklenburg County and began partnering with National Safe Place in 1988 to create a local network of businesses, churches, schools, transportation services, and community locations that were willing to post Safe Place signs and identify as a place for youth in crisis to get help. Any child or teen can ask for help at a Safe Place location and be connected to the Youth Crisis Center. The Relatives uses the Safe Place program to extend its reach to more youth, and it gives youth-friendly locations the opportunity to share in creating a community where youth have easy access to safety when they need it.
Annual dues are $100 for each non-profit location and $200 for each for profit location. Partner benefits include:
- Site training for all employees
- Large exterior aluminum Safe Place sign
- Safe Place decal for glass door/window
- Laminated procedures sheet
- TXT4Help cards
- Invitation to partner appreciation and open house events
- Use of The Relatives and National Safe Place logos on company website and publications
- Promotion on The Relatives website and during The Relatives Safe Place Week
- Benefit of supporting youth in a local initiative
To learn more about setting up your location as a Safe Place, contact us today!
We thank our 2018 Safe Place Partners!
Alexander Youth Network
Anuvia Prevention and Recovery Center
Charlotte Art League
Charlotte Fire Department
Charlotte Housing Authority
Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries
Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation
Charlotte Mecklenburg School System
Charlotte Transit System
Children and Family Services Center
Dilworth United Methodist Church
Discovery Home Care 1 & 2
Genesis Project 1
Life Connections, Inc.
Mission Gathering Church
NCDOT Rail Division – CLT/Salisbury/Kannapolis
Plaza United Methodist Church
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church
Providence United Methodist Church
The First Tee of Greater Charlotte
Time Out Youth
YMCA of Greater Charlotte