Advocates Highlight Safe Place Spots for Homeless Teens
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Advocates in Sioux Falls are trying to draw attention to a service that offers help to hundreds of Sioux Falls youth who are struggling with homelessness.
The Argus Leader reports that homeless teens in the city can find support by texting "safe" and their address or zip code to 69866 or by looking for large yellow "Safe Place" signs.
The national Safe Place program has been in Sioux Falls since 1988, but organizers worry it has gone unnoticed by some.
Melissa Jungemann is runaway and homeless youth services coordinator for Volunteers of America. Jungemann says need is outpacing support when it comes to some of the city's youngest, most vulnerable citizens.
The group is partnering with Children's Inn in an attempt to rejuvenate the Safe Place service.
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