Central Texas Youth Services designated Waco Fire Station number 1 as part of the Safe Place program, Saturday morning. It's a way to get troubled or homeless youths off the street and access to the services they need.
Waco Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Kerwin said they were honored to be apart of the program.
"This is just one more way we can help the citizens of Waco, by being a location where the youths that are in trouble can come to the fire station and they know this is a safe place where they can get help," said Kerwin.
Safe Place is a part of Central Texas Youth Service that serves all of McLennan, Bell and Coryell Counties. Their mission is to provide help to all young people in crisis. Other designated safe place locations are schools, libraries, YMCA's and even local businesses with the yellow sign out front.
If a young person goes into any safe place location asking for help they will get them in contact with a Central Texas Youth Services volunteer or counselor.
Safe Place Street Outreach Coordinator Kelly Jenkins says, "There are kids who have needs that don't know how to find those resources. So if a kid is needing a counselor, if a kid needs a shelter, if the kids need some sort of assistance because of being abused neglected or bullied, safe place provides them services to help them with those problems."
Safe Place is more than just a series of locations; it's also an outreach program that travels to schools teaching youths about the dangers of running away and how to resolve conflict on their own.
For more information on Safe Place and Central Texas Youth Services please visit centraltexasyouthservices.org.