Children and youth in crisis can now turn to staff at all branches of the Cleveland Public Library for help as the library joins the Safe Place Cleveland program—with partners Bellefaire JCB’s Homeless and Missing Youth Program, the Greater Cleveland RTA and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry’s Next Step/Westhaven—to provide safe havens and resources for youth in crisis.

Local Safe Place partners will be present to educate the community and to welcome Cleveland Public Library to the program during a special event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, November 16 at the Rice Branch, 11535 Shaker Blvd. The RTA training bus will be present for tours.

“Cleveland’s youth has more than its fair share of challenges and finding a safe haven should not be one of them,” said Felton Thomas, Director of Cleveland Public Library.” Our partnership with Bellefaire JCB will allow us to provide youth in crises with information they need in order to move forward with their lives.”

Locally, Cleveland Public Library joins Greater Cleveland RTA as a safe place destination. Safe Place is a national youth outreach program that educates thousands of young people every year about the dangers of running away or trying to resolve difficult, threatening situations on their own. Safe Place locations display a yellow and black diamond-shaped Safe Place sign. These locations extend the doors of a youth service agency or emergency shelter throughout the community. Placards in the library branches, on buses and other community sites, including Cleveland Metropolitan School District, provide students with further information about the program.