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In 2007, Safe Place opened its doors to serve youth in Washington County. Since that time, more than 500 young people have been helped by our program. At Safe Place, staff are available all hours of the day and night to meet with youth who are in need of a safe place to stay and the guidance and support of trained, caring adults.
Safe Place serves youth in Washington County, up to age 19, who are in need of a place to stay and help from our trained staff. Youth may be experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless because of instability in their own homes. Safe Place also serves youth who need to spend a period of time away from their home and family to address behavioral issues with the help of our specialized staff.
For some youth, Safe Place isn’t the right fit. Safe Place does not serve youth who are impaired from using drugs or alcohol, unable to get along in a group setting, are suicidal, or are in need of medical care that we cannot provide. When these youth come to Safe Place, our staff carefully connects them with agencies and resources that are better able to meet their needs.
Youth come to Safe Place in a variety of ways. They may self-refer and simply show up—we provide 24/7 access for these youth. Youth are also referred to us by government agencies, homeless youth workers, families, community members, and law enforcement officials.
Safe Place starts by meeting each child’s basic needs: a safe place to sleep, nutritious meals and snacks, clothing, showers, and a place to keep personal belongings. But that’s not where our services end.
Safe Place offers one-on-one case management. Together with the case manager, each youth creates a plan for their successful future. Case managers help youth achieve their goals by connecting them with all the resources they need—counseling, mental health and substance abuse treatment, help staying in school or enrolling in a GED program, and recreational and life skill building activities.
Safe Place is located at 454 SE Washington Street in Hillsboro. The facility is located on the Max line and is within blocks of parks, health clinics, counseling agencies, schools, and a GED program. Youth at Safe Place stay in comfortable college-dorm style bedrooms and may also spend time in separate boys’ and girls’ recreation rooms, as well as a common area with TV, video games, computers, books, and art supplies.
Some youth may need to live in a setting that is more individualized than the group environment at Safe Place. For these youth, Boys & Girls Aid maintains a pool of caring, qualified foster families that can accept short and long term placements.
Our foster families are skilled at meeting the specific needs of the youth and families who seek services at Safe Place. They are able to care for youth while families take time to heal and change or youth transition to alternative types of housing.
Each foster parent receives extensive initial and ongoing training so that they feel well-prepared to address the needs of the youth in their care. As a small, private foster care provider we are able to create a supportive foster community. Boys & Girls Aid foster parents know each other as well as our staff; and they use both as a resource, a support, and a sounding board.