• Safe Place® Designation for the Boys & Girls Club

    February 15, 2021
    Safe Place® Designation for the Boys & Girls Club

    The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department, the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety, and Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley are partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast to bring a second Safe Place® location to Santa Maria. Beginning Monday, February 15th, the Boys & Girls Club site located at 901 North Railroad Avenue is a designated “safe place” where youth-in-crisis may seek immediate help and resources.

    Safe Place® is a national outreach and prevention program for youth 18 years old and younger that are in crisis. It is estimated that over one million youth run away from home each year due to abuse, neglect, family conflicts, and other issues. The Safe Place® program is an option for young people who feel they have nowhere to turn.

    The Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, located at 600 South McClelland Street, was inducted into the National Safe Place Network on January 6, 2020. The Fire Department of Santa Maria is in the process of designating its five fire stations into Safe Place® sites, bringing the total number of local Safe Place® sites to seven by Spring 2021. 

    Santa Maria’s Safe Place initiative, operated by the Recreation and Parks Department and Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, is part of a national network of Safe Place® programs in more than 35 states and the District of Columbia. More than 20,000 community businesses and organizations nationwide display the yellow diamond-shaped Safe Place® sign, making help readily available for youth in need.

    Youth-in-crisis may text the word “SAFE” to 4-HELP (44357) for the nearest Safe Place® location. Questions regarding the local Safe Place® efforts may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.