International Community Health Services (ICHS) clinics are now “Safe Places” for runaway and homeless youth ages 12-17.
By being designated a Safe Place, ICHS will help to quickly connect youth in crisis to services, either by reuniting them with their family or providing them with emergency shelter.
“We are proud for ICHS to be a Safe Place because we want to ensure that ICHS is seen as refuge for youth who need assistance and support during difficult times,” said Sherman Lohn, ICHS chief operations officer. “Working with Safe Place gives ICHS one more tool to ensure that young people are connected to needed and safe services.”
Safe Place is a national program that allows youth to go to a Safe Place site or call a toll free number, and within 45 minutes, a Safe Place coordinator will arrive to provide assistance.
ICHS is among the Seattle-area businesses and non-profit organizations that have volunteered to be Safe Places where youth can go and request assistance. Staff members are trained to appropriately respond to youth in need, and to immediately contact Safe Place.
Safe Place also maintains a 24-hour hotline, 1-800-422-TEEN where youth can directly connect with Safe Place staff.
For more information about ICHS, please visit: www.ichs.com