Project Safe Place is a national program providing a “safe place” for youth who are in need of crisis-related help. Sasha Bruce Youthwork (SBY) became the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia sponsor of Project Safe Place in 1989. Project Safe Place is a network of businesses, community organizations, and fire stations that serve as entry points to SBY services and is identified by displaying the Safe Place logo.
Designated Safe Locations
In D.C. and VA, these designated locations are fire stations, 7/11 and Domino's Pizza stores. Safe Places display a distinctive yellow and black sign with the silhouette of an adult embracing a child on the exterior front of their buildings. The words “Safe Place” are a part of the sign that has become nationally known for designating places where young people in need can seek help.
When a young person comes to a Safe Place location seeking assistance, personnel at the location will immediately call SBY and provide a non-threatening, safe place for the young person to wait. SBY will dispatch a counselor or trained volunteer to the Safe Place location to offer assistance and provide transportation to the Sasha Bruce shelter. Young people in need of assistance can also call the Safe Place hotline directly at 202-547-7777 without going to a Safe Place location. Once at the shelter, SBY staff will provide the young person with counseling and case management, working with them and their family (if appropriate) to offer needed services or referrals.