Bridge expands Safe Place network and adds two more Safe Place Sites

Safe Place signage indicates that both More Than Words locations (Boston and Waltham) are a key resource for any underage youth in need.

Safe Place signage indicates that both More Than Words locations (Boston and Waltham) are a key resource for any underage youth in need.

More Than Words becomes newest partner in Bridge’s Safe Place network

Here in the Greater Boston area, Bridge is the lead agency for National Safe Place Network. Over the past two and a half years we have established our own network of Safe Place sites.

Our Adolescent Runaway Counselor, Jade, trains and manages a network of seventeen Safe Place sites. The two newest sites are More Than Words - Boston and More Than Words - Waltham. A Safe Place is a site where underage youth can go if they urgently need help and safety.

More Than Words (MTW) staff at each location are now a new resource for youth who may not know where to turn to for help. Depending on each individual’s circumstances, trained MTW staff will connect each one with Bridge for further support.

Why More Than Words?

“More Than Words operates as both a youth serving social enterprise and a retail shop for the public,” commented Jade, our Adolescent Runaway counselor. “Bridge already partners with More Than Words to help youth find a supportive work environment. Training More Than Words as a Safe Place site is a great way to build our partnership and quickly connect with other teens seeking support.”

Our network of Safe Place Sites

Working together with our partner sites, we are the Safe Place network for our region in Massachusetts. Our services include 24-hour access to a counselor and safe overnight accommodations for underage youth, for up to 72 hours.

There are currently seventeen Safe Place sites youth can go to in our network when dealing with a crisis. Bridge Over Troubled Waters is one site, at 47 West Street in Boston, along with Bridge’s Mobile Medical Van when it is on the Boston Common or in Harvard Square. Additional sites include several Boston Public Libraries and Boston Public School Welcome Centers, More Than Words - Boston and More Than Words - Waltham, and the Wang YMCA of Chinatown in downtown Boston.

To find the nearest Safe Place, visit https://www.nationalsafeplace.org/find-a-safe-place and plug in your zipcode or address.

Are you reading this and need help? There are several hotlines that can help you right now.

TXT4HELP Text the word “SAFE” and your current location to 4HELP (44357) for immediate help

Running Away From Home: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929).

Feeling Hopeless: 1-800-784-2433.

Domestic Violence: 1-877-785-2020.

Sexual Assault: 1-800-841-8371.