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.
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.
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.