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New 'Safe Place' signs going up in Waco

POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 1:03pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 8:38pm

New signs went up on Waco's Fire Station No. 1 on Saturday, to remind the public that it is a "Safe Place".

The station is just one of a few places in town designated as a "Safe Place" to turn to for young people who are homeless, runaways, or otherwise troubled. Safe Place Week was observed nationally last week, as the program celebrated 30 years in existence. The program originally started through the YMCA of Louisville, Kentucky, with fire departments being used as the original Safe Place sites.

“It’s just a safe place for kids who are in trouble, homeless, to have a safe place that provides resources,” said Waco Safe Place Street Outreach Coordinator Kelly Jenkins. He says the program helps connect youth with places they need for various services.

New signs are also set to go up at the other fire stations, YMCAs, and Bush's Chicken Restaurants in Waco. Recently, the National Safe Place Program changed their signage and logo. Since Waco Fire Station No. 1 moved, Jenkins says it’s been about a year since they’ve had their sign up.

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