Text for Help
One night this month, a young lady called our shelter who was scared, speaking quietly—and stating that she had been beaten by her father. She was kicked out of her home and ran to the house of a person who was sitting on their front steps. She used their phone to contact our agency, but didn’t know how to get to the shelter and she didn’t know how to use the bus system. Thanks to the new initiative called TEXT for Safety, I asked her the address of the house and texted it to SAFE to 69866, put in her address, and within a minute a reply with the name of the Park and Recreation site which we just acquired in May. Needless to say she was guided to that spot where we picked her up and took her to the shelter where she is receiving adequate care and help that is needed. This is a wonderful new example of how our caring community works together using innovative ways to help keep kids safe!