PRESS RELEASE: National Safe Place Week is March 17-23, 2019

Contact: Christina Smith
(617) 423-9575 extension 226
csmith@bridgeotw.org

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PRESS RELEASE: National Safe Place Week is March 17-23, 2019

Bridge Over Troubled Waters is Boston’s Safe Place Agency
overseeing a network of 15 Safe Place Sites

Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Bridge) is Boston’s foremost agency serving homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth.  National Safe Place Week serves to raise awareness about Safe Place, a national outreach program for youth in need of immediate help and safety. Bridge is a lead Safe Place agency here in Massachusetts for the National Safe Place Network. Bridge is recognizing National Safe Place Week, and the importance of the Safe Place network in our community for youth in crisis.

 “It is scary and overwhelming to be a young teenager and feel like you have nowhere safe to turn to,” said Elisabeth Jackson, Executive Director of Bridge Over Troubled Waters. “This network of Safe Place sites is an extension of our outreach to homeless and runaway youth. When a youth sees the distinctive yellow diamond sign with black lettering saying ‘safe place’ and walks in to ask for help, trained staff at the Safe Place site are able to connect each youth to our resources here at Bridge Over Troubled Waters for further support.”

 Bridge joined the National Safe Place Network in July 2016 as a lead agency to create a network of Safe Place sites. This network of Safe Place sites is an extension of Bridge’s outreach to homeless and runaway youth. Each Safe Place site is an access point to Bridge’s programs and services for underage youth who urgently need help and safety. Last year, 135 underage youth ages 14-17 were connected to Bridge in their time of distress through the Safe Place network.

 

                WHAT: National Safe Place Week

                WHEN: March 17 – 23, 2019

                WHERE: Bridge Over Troubled Waters and Bridge’s Safe Place network

WHY: National Safe Place Week is an opportunity to recognize the businesses and youth service providers who give their time, resources, and energy to make our community a safer place for homeless and runaway young people.

Since the summer of 2016, Bridge has developed and trained a network of 15 Safe Place sites in our community. Together we are the Safe Place network for youth in need. The 15 Safe Place sites include:

  •  Boston Public Library, Jamaica Plain branch

  • Boston Public Library, South Boston branch

  • Boston Public Library, West End branch

  • Teen Central at Boston Public Library, Copley Square branch

  • Dorchester Welcome Center, Boston Public Schools

  • East Boston Welcome Center, Boston Public Schools

  • Roslindale Welcome Center, Boston Public Schools

  • Roxbury Welcome Center, Boston Public Schools

  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston

  • Bridge Mobile Medical Van, Boston and Cambridge

  • Eliot Family Resource Center, Everett

  • Haley House Soup Kitchen, South End

  • Project Trust at Boston Medical Center

  • Succeed Boston, Roslindale

  • Wang YMCA of Chinatown, Boston


About Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Bridge Over Troubled Waters is the only agency in the Greater Boston area to provide a full continuum of age-appropriate services to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth, ages 14-24.  Providing programs and services to over 2,000 youth each year, the organization offers a comprehensive range of survival, health, educational, career, and housing services in order to encourage the formation of a healthy and productive adulthood.  For more information, visit www.BridgeOTW.org

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