Nov 9 - Dec 31, 2017

Community Human Services

Mission

Addiction, mental illness and homelessness destroy lives and weaken families, therefore Community Human Services (CHS) provides people of all ages with the tools and support to overcome these challenges and create lasting change in their lives.

The Big Idea

Safe Place’s BIG IDEA is to provide street outreach, survival aid, shelter, counseling, and family reunification for vulnerable, unaccompanied runaway and homeless youth in Monterey County.

Safe Place and Safe Passage provide roughly 350 runaway, homeless, & at-risk youth per year with the following services; access to showers, laundry facilities, & healthcare; transitional housing; emergency shelter; drop-in breakfasts & dinners; education and prevention on sexually transmitted disease, pregnancy & sexual exploitation and assault prevention; support groups for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth; a substance abuse prevention and intervention group called Seven Challenges, an Anger Management education group; volunteer opportunities for youth; a 24-hour Runaway and Homeless Youth Helpline; & aftercare services including bus passes, phone cards, counseling, linkages to ancillary services.

Safe Place has helped me with so many things. They’ve given me food and water. They’ve helped me with counseling when I’ve gone through really tough times and shower vouchers so I wouldn’t smell. Safe Place is also a good place to go to get out of the cold or the hot sun. It’s a place to be around people who care about you. The shelter has helped a lot. I try and go as often as I can. I get a hot meal, a mat to sleep on and a pillow. It’s a good place if you’re sick and need to rest. The counselors really have helped me keep going when I felt like giving up. I keep going to Safe Place because I trust the people there and know they won’t hurt me. Safe Place gives me hope. I feel safe and not judged. They accept me for who I am.