Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

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 and Safe Passage provide roughly 300 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.

When I was 17 I ended up living out of my car with my mom up until a year ago. Through that experience I found Safe Place. There, I was able to find a job here locally and moved in with my grandmother. I’m no longer homeless and I wouldn’t have been able to be in the place I am today if it weren’t for Safe Place. They have shown me that my current situation isn’t my final destination. I think its important to help homeless youth. Safe Place is the only program for homeless youth in Monterey County. Without the program a lot of us homeless youth wouldn’t have food or clothes or even shelter because there’s an overnight shelter now. I’m incredibly grateful for everyone at Safe Place for helping me to change my life around for the better.

- Katelyn