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Each day, hundreds of homeless teens wander Valley streets. Many have run away from home because of neglect or abuse. Some have been asked to leave by parents or guardians. No one should be left alone to fend for themselves.
Valley Metro has partnered with Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development to provide help for these teens through a program called Safe Place.
Safe Place is a national youth outreach program designed to provide immediate help and safety for teen ages 17 and younger who are in crisis. The program is managed locally by Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development. Teens can go to any Safe Place location and immediately get in contact with a volunteer. They are transported to a Tumbleweed location where they have access to shelter, counseling and family reunification services.
Valley Metro has designated all 28 light rail stations in Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa as Safe Place locations. Teens can seek help at any station 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Step 1 Go to the nearest light rail station.
Step 2 Locate the emergency call box at the station.
Step 3 Press the call box button and tell the operator you need Safe Place assistance.
Step 4 Follow all instructions until a Valley Metro supervisor or Safe Place responder arrives.
Yes. There are stationary Safe Place locations across the Valley at convenience stores, banks and city libraries. To find the nearest location or light rail station, teens can text “Safe” and their address to 69866 or call 602-841-5799.