El Paso Center for Children’s, Inc. network of 79 El Paso, Texas Safe Place Sites for youth
11-17 years of age is celebrating and building awareness during National Safe Place Week.
For 102 years, El Paso Center for Children, Inc. (the Center) has provided specialized care and services for four generations of children and families. Today, we continue serving youth living with different challenges, among them youth and young adults experiencing homelessness, who have run away, or who have been trafficked. As the National Safe Place lead agency for El Paso, the Center has created a network of 79 community partners who serve as an access point to our agency’s continuum of services and linkages to other providers in El Paso. This is National Safe Place Week — an opportunity to raise awareness so youth can get to safety. It is also an opportunity to recognize local 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.
“Whether a young person is escaping family conflict or domestic violence, is being exploited on the streets, or has been displaced because of the pandemic, our team is here to help provide or find food, shelter or housing, and access to a wide range of other supports,” said Beth Senger, CEO of the El Paso Center for Children, Inc. “A yellow diamond-shaped sign with black lettering saying ‘Safe Place’ is displayed by our network partners. Those partners will connect a visitor who needs help to our staff.” This network of Safe Place sites is an extension of our outreach to homeless and runaway youth.
We would like to invite our current community partners and those interested in learning more about Safe Place to our one-hour virtual informational meeting.
WHEN: March 23, 2021 at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
WHY: National Safe Place awareness, capacity building, and recognition of community partners.
Current Community Collaborators: El Paso Center for Children, Inc., together with a network of 79 Safe Place sites in El Paso have a goal of establishing community-wide support to identify and protect the most vulnerable young people. These sites include: Sun Metro, Montana Vista La Fe Community Center, Rae Gilmore Community Center, Rio Vista Community Center, Sacred Heart Community Center, Texas A&M Resource Center, YMCA, Fire Stations # 01-37, ARFF Airport Fire Station, Clint Fire Department, Fire Dept. Headquarters, Fire Dept. Training Academy, Socorro Fire Department, West Valley Fire Department, West TX Community-Alameda Probation Office, La Fe Centro de Salud Familiar, Planned Parenthood – Desert Rainbow Center, Alameda Recreation Center, Armijo Recreation Center, Chamizal Recreation Center, Chihuahita Recreation Center, Don Haskins Recreation Center, Eastside Regional Recreation Center, Galatzan Recreation Center, Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center, Leona Ford Washington Parks & Rec, Lomaland Recreation Center, Marty Robbins Recreation Center, Multipurpose Recreation Center, Nolan Richardson Recreation Center, Officer David Ortiz Recreation Center, Pat O’ Rourke Recreation Center, San Juan Parks & Recreation Center, Seville Parks & Rec, Veterans Recreation Center, Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club Kennedy, Boys & Girls Club Montana Vista, Boys & Girls Club Travis Patti, and more!
About El Paso Center for Children, Inc.
El Paso Center for Children, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to empowering youth and families as they brave adversity and conflict by providing a range of constantly evolving, innovative, programs. The Center provides a continuum of services for El Pasoans experiencing conflict, loss, a family crisis, homelessness, or who have run away from home. We have an outreach program, a drop-in center, foster care, foster care for youth survivors of sex trafficking, emergency shelter, housing, counseling for youth and their families, and counseling for victims of crime. All of our services are free, all the time. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.epccinc.org. The website also has a chat feature. Follow us on social media @epccinc.
About the National Safe Place Network
National Safe Place: Since its inception in 1983, Safe Place has helped more than 359,000 youth and currently serves more than 1,500 communities across the country. The program is managed by 140 youth agencies in 38 states and the District of Columbia. National Safe Place Network (NSPN) provides quality training, capacity building, and technical support to youth and family service organizations across the nation. NSPN operates nationally-recognized programs, including Safe Place®. More than 20,000 businesses and community locations participate as Safe Place sites – such as restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, public buses, and libraries. These locations display the Safe Place sign and connect youth in crisis with resources and supports. Safe Place also provides a national text-for-support program, TXT 4 HELP. Teens can text the word “SAFE” to 4HELP (44357) and access options to locate the nearest Safe Place and text one-on-one with a counselor. TXT 4 HELP is available 24/7/365. Learn more about NSPN and Safe Place at www.nspnetwork.org and www.nationalsafeplace.org.