Project Safe Place is a partnership with the business community and The Children’s Center, Inc. which is licensed by the National Safe Place Network to provide Safe Place sites in areas served by The Children’s Center, Inc. The sites serve runaway and homeless youth and youth at risk for abuse, abandonment, neglect, and exploitation with locations to seek crisis support. Safe Place sites include businesses such as convenience stores with trained staff to respond to youth seeking help by immediate contact of The Children’s Center, Inc. Crisis Response Team. The team will travel to the Safe Place site and determine most appropriate next steps that may include contacts with child welfare, law enforcement, with parents or guardians or to offices for care coordination that may include emergency shelter or other options, depending on youth’s presenting needs. Community groups including civic groups, churches, schools and agencies are provided ongoing outreach and training to familiarize the public with these resources.
Safe Place Locations include:
Golden Triangle Region – Beaumont Area includes: Orange, Jefferson and Hardin Counties.
Houston Metro Region consisting of 12 HGAC Counties including: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Walker, Waller and Wharton Counties.
Galveston Bay Region: Galveston and Galveston County and Pasadena in Lower Harris County.
Golden Crescent Region: Victoria in Victoria County.
Coastal Bend Region-Corpus Christi area includes: Nueces, Kleberg, San Patricio and Aransas counties.
Rio Grande Valley Region includes: Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties.