March 15, 2009


Oh, a storm is threatning
My very life today
If I dont get some shelter
Oh yeah, Im gonna fade away

- excerpted from The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter

This week is National Safe Place Week: March 16th, 2009 - March 22nd, 2009

The 2008 Senate Announcement…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 14, 2008
Senate Unanimously Approves Feinstein-Martinez Resolution to
Designate the Week of March 16 - 22 as “National Safe Place Week”

Washington, DC—The Senate has unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by
U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) that designates the week of March 16-22, 2008 as “National Safe Place Week.”

Safe Place is a nationally acclaimed program committed to protecting America’s youth for the past 25 years by making help readily accessible to those who might be abused, neglected, threatened or in immediate danger. More than 200,000 youth have received help at nearly 16,000 Safe Place sites or as a result of counseling by phone following Safe Place school education. This program is currently operated by 143 agencies serving 900 communities in 41 states, including in California.

“Today’s youth face growing pressures in their daily lives at school, at home, and in the community. That is why it is so important that the National Safe Place program provides thousands of young people with access to counselors, legal services, and emergency shelters—keeping them out of trouble and off of dangerous streets,”

Click HERE to read the entire press release

This week’s KCK blogposts will feature the work and success of National Safe Place. With pics from the 2008 NSP conference, video of the heroic efforts of NSP community leaders, and some of my personal reflections/thoughts about the necessity of a safe place for a young dreamer, I hope to raise your awareness of NSP’s work and role as a catalyst in the lives of young people.

National Safe Place truly does the “lonely work” (sometimes unglamorous but very necessary) needed to assist in safeguarding and protecting the welfare and dreams of our next generation of leaders. When young lives are thrust into difficult and unsafe situations, National Safe Place and their community partners give much needed shelter, guidance, and support.

I personally know how important a safe place can be for a child and the positive impact that place can have on a future - 711 Haverford Road, the Lane’s house, Preston Playground, school(s), and the public library were those places for me. So, it’s with great admiration and pride that I celebrate the work of National Safe Place this week!

Keep chasin’ and turnin’ dreams into a realityâ?¦

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