Valley Metro is a proud partner of Safe Place.


Since its inception in 1983, Safe Place has been a youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 who need immediate help.  Every year, 12,000 youth have received direct help from Safe Place.  


National Safe Place partnered with UMOM New Day Centers to provide the help needed for youth in crisis. UMOM CEO Jackson Fonder says, “There is a single driving force behind everything we do: the fundamental belief that every human being, no matter his or her status, deserves dignity, respect and a home. We spend every day working to make that vision become a reality.”


Valley Metro has partnered with UMOM New Day Centers designating all buses and rail stations as safe place for youth in crisis. Since 2017, Valley Metro has helped 17 young people who requested assistance through Safe Place.


Safe Place Week is celebrated on March 21-27. During this time National Safe Place honors those partners who have assisted in helping teens in crisis by providing a safe environment where they can receive the help they need.


When a young person requests help on a light rail platform, we dispatch security to stay with them while the licensed Safe Place agency is notified. A representative from Safe Place will meet the youth and provide the professional services and help they need. There are now more than 20,000 Safe Place sites across the U.S. available to help in any situation.


National Safe Place and UMOM get their funding from donations. If you would like to help, please click on the donate button at the following links. `

Safe Place for youth in crisis
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Dennise Metzger
Dennise Metzger
Rail Operations Communications Specialist
Dennise is a Phoenix native, born at St. Joseph's Hospital and graduated from Paradise Valley High School. Her first career was with the Phoenix Police Department as a Communications Operator (Radio Dispatcher/911 Operator). During her career she received numerous commendations. She received one of the highest honors from the Police Chief: the Police Chiefs Certificate of Recognition. She called her time there “an amazing sometimes very stressful and fascinating career”. In November 2018 she retired from Phoenix PD and started a second career with Valley Metro.