Project Safe Place
(a program of VOA of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho)
Project Safe Place: Where Kids Get Help Fast
Project Safe Place is a national program that provides a variety of services to help protect the youth of Spokane County. Partnered with Volunteers of America's Crosswalk Shelter, this venue for refuge furnishes access to 24-hour phone counseling, texting counseling and a way to get out of a dangerous situation via any one of the 94 Safe Place sites, denoted by the familiar Safe Place sign, in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Airway Heights, Shadle, Hillyard or Cheney.
Whether it is a lost child or a teen running from an abusive situation, the Safe Place site volunteers are trained in how to get the youth the help they need through helping them contact a relative or guardian, utilizing the National Safe Place hotline or through contacting the staff at Crosswalk who can bring the child to the secure shelter.
Safe Place has also recently started the "TXT 4 Help" program which allows youth the text the word "Safe" to 69866, which will allow them to locate the nearest Safe Place or be put in contact with one of the 24-hour counseling staff available through the service.
The Safe Place mission is to provide access to immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses.
- Inquire about your business becoming a Safe Place.
- Inquire about ways to educate youth about Safe Place.