Youth Service Bureau
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Safe Place

Safe Place
Contact Information

Jeanette McDermith
Safe Place Coordinator

217.529.8300 ext. 203

Toll Free:
866.529.8300 ext. 203


Safe Place
The Youth Service Bureau (YSB) has organized an outreach effort to benefit runaway and homeless youth, as well as youth who feel that they are being threatened.  Project Safe Place, sponsored by the YSB as part of its community outreach program, offers youth in emergencies, temporary refuge in businesses and public buildings.  Included are youth who are street kids, homeless, have run away, or feel they are being threatened.  The project is designed to reach youth in the early stages of a crisis situation.

Volunteer outreach stations are established in each neighborhood in areas throughout the service area.  Eight volunteers, living in close proximity to each "Safe Place," are recruited and trained.  Each "Safe Place" displays a large sign featuring a yellow and black diamond-shaped "Safe Place" logo.

This logo is promoted through television public service announcements and news articles, and the logo is recognized as a place of safe refuge for youth.  When a child has approached a Safe Place for help, the YSB sends a pre-assigned volunteer, trained to handle these types of situations, to the scene within 15 minutes.  Once on the scene, the volunteer finds out what the problem is and acts accordingly.  Parents are notified as soon as possible of the whereabouts of their child.

This projet does not have an outside funding source, therefore, YSB uses its existing resources to fund this program.  The project has proven to be an effective means of prevention since youth are more inclined to seek a safe place in their neighborhood.

 Safe Place Sites: 
 Sangamon County
Christian County
Menard County
 Logan County
 Clem Chiropractic
 CEFS - Pana
 Menard County Health Dept.
 Document Management Inc.
 CEFS - Taylorville
 Domino's Pizza
 Christian County Probation
 Humphrey's Market
 Christian County United Way
 Illinois Dept. of Public Aid
 First Presbyterian Church
 Lincoln Library
 Round Table Cafe
 Springfield Fire Departments
Taylorville Memorial Hospital    
 St. John's Breadline
 United Way of Central Illinois
 Walmart on Dirksen Pkwy