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DATE: September 8, 2010
CONTACT: Rhonda Henderson-Laidlaw
PHONE: (419) 228-7233


For Immediate Release

Safe Harbor opens its Pier 136 Drop-In Center

Open House planned for September 22


(LIMA, Ohio) -- To further accommodate youth in need of immediate shelter, food, clothing and medical attention, Safe Harbor has officially opened its Pier 136 Drop-In Center at the YMCA Annex located at 136 South West Street in Lima. The facility offers youth an afternoon snack and evening meal, shower and personal hygiene items, access to a clothes closet, cyber center, mail services and linkage to community resources. The center is part of Safe Harbor’s Street Outreach Program designed to help persons under age 21 who are homeless or living in an unstable environment. The program provides assistance to youth and their families while addressing problems encountered before running away. Safe Harbor’s philosophy is to utilize a community-based treatment approach to assist those in distress.

Safe Harbor’s Pier 136 Drop-In Center will host an open house on Wednesday, September 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a special dedication ceremony beginning at 11:30 a.m.The event will be held at the Center’s location in the YMCA Annex in Lima. Services provided by the Drop-In Center and Street Outreach Program promote safety, enhance development, growth and the educational process.

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony and tour the Drop-In Center facilities. For more information, please contact Rhonda Henderson-Laidlaw at (419) 228-7233.

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About Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor is West-Central Ohio’s only runaway and homeless youth shelter caring for the area’s most vulnerable children in Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer Putnam and Van Wert counties. Over the past 15 years, Safe Harbor has served more than 7,000 runaway and homeless youth.

About SAFY

For more than 25 years, children who have experienced the worst in life have found respite and hope for a better life through SAFY. More than a traditional foster care agency, SAFY is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit organization. Since establishing services in the Lima area in 1984, SAFY’s commitment has expanded to include: Safe Harbor, West-Central Ohio’s only runaway and homeless youth shelter; Street Outreach Program, mobile outreach that provides youth immediate access to water, food, clothes, blankets, personal hygiene items and other survival supplies; Pier 136 Drop In Center, daytime shelter and emergency services for homeless youth; Lima Behavioral Health, outpatient mental health services; and Kreative Learning Preschool, providing children a nurturing and creative learning environment. With locations in eight states, SAFY is headquartered in Delphos, Ohio.