As next week is National Safe Place Week, officials with the El Paso Center for Children are taking it as an opportunity to raise awareness so youth can get to safety, and to recognize local businesses and youth service providers who give their time, resources, and energy to make the 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.
“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.”
For 102 years, El Paso Center for Children 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,” officials add.
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 the agency’s continuum of services and links to other providers in El Paso.
Center officials are inviting current community partners and those interested in learning more about Safe Place to a one-hour virtual informational meeting on March 23, 2021 at 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM via a their website.
The network of Safe Place sites is an extension of the center’s outreach to homeless and runaway youth.
El Paso Center for Children, 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:
Montana Vista La Fe Community Center
Rae Gilmore Community Center
Rio Vista Community Center
Sacred Heart Community Center
Texas A&M Resource Center
Fire Stations # 01-37
ARFF Airport Fire Station
Clint Fire Department
Fire Dept. Headquarters and 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