What?

 

What is Safe Place?

Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community-based program, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country.

 

Safe Place Mission

Ensuring an effective system of response for youth in crisis through public and private partnerships at a local, state and national level.

 

Safe Place Vision

Safe Place YC envisions a county where all youth are safe.

At National Safe Place Network, we employ a few key principles to guide our tactics:

Young people are valued, and:

  • are capable of initiating the helping process and taking an active role in creating a healthier living situation.

  • are more likely to seek help in places that are familiar, safe and identified by a standard, recognizable logo.

  • have access to services on a nondiscriminatory basis.

Our service to young people is:

  • focused on immediate interventions to address issues at the earliest possible stage of a crisis;

  • supported by advocacy and access to safe, supportive resources; and,

  • evaluated on an ongoing basis.

We believe the community:

  • takes an active, cooperative role in assisting young people in crisis;

  • benefits when a young person can access safe, supportive assistance rather than dangerous alternatives; and,

  • must be educated concerning issues relating to young people in order to improve the quality of services.

Safe Place YC reaches out to youth between the ages of 11 to 17 years old.

 

 

Why?

 

Why do youth need Safe Place?

Youth may experience difficult problems during their young lives: abuse, neglect, family troubles, dangerous dating situations, bullying, homelessness, drug abuse, etc. These, among other problems, may lead young people to make difficult, and sometimes dangerous, decisions in an effort to escape what it is they are going through. Sometimes, youth feel they don’t belong, and leaving home is often not a choice they want to make. Yet, national agencies estimate that between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away from home each year.

 

No matter the reason, young people have a place to turn in times of need. Youth may visit any designated Safe Place site location and receive immediate help. They may also TXT 4 HELP to receive information about the closest Safe Place location and to chat with a professional for more help.

Children and teens deserve access to a Safe Place and a chance to work through their problems with the support of caring adults.

 

How Safe Place Works

 

If a young person needs immediate help, they can depend on any location with the Safe Place sign. The following steps describe how Safe Place is intended to work:

 

Step One – A young person enters a Safe Place and asks for help.

 

Step Two – The site employee finds a comfortable place for the youth to wait while they call the licensed Safe Place agency.

 

Step Three – Within 20-30 minutes or less, a qualified Safe Place volunteer will arrive to talk with the youth and, if necessary, provide transportation to the agency.

 

Step Four – Once at the agency, counselors meet with the youth and provide support. Agency staff makes sure the youth and their families receive the help and professional services they need.

 

How do youth learn about Safe Place? Most young people hear about Safe Place during school presentations. Each student is presented with a Safe Place information card that has the local Safe Place phone number and explains that Safe Place help is free and confidential. Teens also hear about the program through word of mouth, social media and public service announcements on radio or TV.

 

 

Where?

Where is Safe Place?

In York County, SC. all five County libraries and seven QuikTrip Convenience stores serve as Safe Places:

About Us

Initiated by LYCO (Leadership of York County) in 2016, Safe Place YC is a community initiative under the National Safe Place program.  Renew Our Community, Inc. is the local Safe Place managing agency, with many YC service agency and volunteers directly involved as partners.

York County Library,

Rock Hill

Contact Information
138 East Black St.
Rock Hill, SC 29730
(803) 981-5858
Business Hours
Monday - Thursday:
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday (September - May):

2 - 6 p.m.

Closed on Sunday

during the summer.

Fort Mill Public Library

Contact Information
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC 29708
(803) 547-4114
Business Hours
Monday - Thursday:
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

QUIKTRIP STORE #1091

NEC Cherry Rd & Heckle Blvd

990 S Cherry Rd

Rock Hill, SC 29732

803-981-9249

Open 24 hours

QUIKTRIP STORE #1098

SEC of Anderson Rd 7 Mt Gallant Rd

664 Anderson Rd N

Rock Hill, SC 29730

803-327-0006

Open 24 hours

QUIKTRIP STORE #1060

160 Hwy & Sutton Rd

974 Sutton Rd

Fort Mill, SC 29708

803-802-9579

Open 24 hours

If you’re in trouble or need help, text the word “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866!

 

If you need immediate assistance, call the National Runaway Safeline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or visit 1800runaway.org.

Clover Public Library

Contact Information
107 Knox St.
Clover, SC 29710
(803) 222-3474
Business Hours
Monday - Thursday:
10 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Lake Wylie Public Library

Contact Information
185 Blucher Circle
Lake Wylie, SC 29710
(803) 831-7774
Business Hours
Monday - Thursday:
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

York Public Library

Contact Information
21 East Liberty St.
York, SC 29745
(803) 684-3751
Business Hours
Monday - Thursday:
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

QUIKTRIP STORE #1061

NEC Celanese Rd & Bryant Blvd

3836 Celanese Rd

Rock Hill, SC 29730

803-980-1696

Open 24 hours

QUIKTRIP STORE #1099

SEC Riverview Rd & Celanese Rd

1195 Riverview Rd

Rock Hill, SC 29732

803-817-7641

Open 24 hours

QUIKTRIP STORE #1092

NEC Anderson Rd & Paddock Pkwy

1169 Anderson Rd S

Rock Hill, SC 29730

803-329-2531

Open 24 hours

QUIKTRIP STORE #1075

SEC Gold Hill Rd & Pleasant Rd

891 Gold Hill Rd

Fort Mill, SC 29708

803-802-4795

Open 24 hours