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Safe Place 

When teens find themselves in crisis or need a place to stay, they should know how and where to get help. Our nation’s young people deserve safety and shelter, and many youth feel they don’t have either. Thanks to Safe Place, immediate help is never too far away.

Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. As a community initiative, the program designates schools, fire stations, libraries, and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, which display the yellow and black sign.

Safe Place locations extend the doors of the local youth service agency or shelter to support teens in crisis situations, creating a safety net for youth.

Partner with The Relatives and Provide a Safe Place for Youth

The Relatives is the Safe Place agency for Mecklenburg County and began partnering with National Safe Place in 1988 to create a local network of businesses, churches, schools, transportation services, and community locations that were willing to post Safe Place signs and identify as a place for youth in crisis to get help. Any child or teen can ask for help at a Safe Place location and be connected to the Youth Crisis Center. The Relatives uses the Safe Place program to extend its reach to more youth, and it gives youth-friendly locations the opportunity to share in creating a community where youth have easy access to safety when they need it.

Become a Safe Place Partner


Annual dues are $100 for each non-profit location and $200 for each for profit location. You can pay your annual Safe Place partnership dues here.

Partner benefits include:

  • Site training for all employees
  • Large exterior aluminum Safe Place sign
  • Safe Place decal for glass door/window
  • Laminated procedures sheet
  • TXT4Help cards
  • Invitation to partner appreciation and open house events
  • Use of The Relatives and National Safe Place logos on company website and publications
  • Promotion on The Relatives website and during The Relatives Safe Place Week
  • Benefit of supporting youth in a local initiative

To learn more about setting up your location or business as a Safe Place, contact our Outreach Coordinator, Neasha McKoy at 704.501.8269 or email at rmckoy02@therelatives.org

Pay your Safe Place Partnership Dues Online

If you would like to pay your Safe Place Partnership Dues online, then you can do so securely by clicking here.


Thank You to Our 2024 Safe Place Partners!

Alexander Youth Network
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Charlotte Art League
Charlotte Fire Department
Charlotte Housing Authority
Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries
Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks & Recreation
Charlotte Mecklenburg School System
Charlotte Transit System
Chik-Fil-A South End

Chik-Fil-A Lake Norman
Children and Family Services Center
Dilworth United Methodist Church
Florence Crittenton
Genesis Project 1
King’s Kitchen
Life Connections, Inc.

Mission Gathering Church
NCDOT Rail Division – CLT/Salisbury/Kannapolis
Neet’s Sweets
Pat’s Place
Plaza United Methodist Church
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church
Providence United Methodist Church
Resurrection Church
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter
The First Tee of Greater Charlotte
Time Out Youth
Two Chicks and a Truck
YMCA of Greater Charlotte

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