YMCA partnership brings Safe Place to 5 branches

Sep 09, 2015

YMCA of Snohomish County is teaming up with Cocoon House to add five new Safe Place sites around the county.

Safe Place is a program that partners with other organizations in the community to offer youth ages 12-17 quick access to safety and services.

All five YMCA of Snohomish County family branches, with locations in Everett, Marysville, Monroe, Mill Creek, and Mukilteo will display the Safe Place signs.

When a youth sees the Safe Place logo on a YMCA building, he or she will know it’s a safe place to ask for help. YMCA staff will connect teens seeking help with Cocoon House staff, who are available 24/7.

The staff at these locations are trained to keep youth safe until Cocoon House’s Navigators arrive to transport to a safe place.

This partnership allows the community to assist a youth in crisis quickly in getting home safely, getting them to Cocoon House shelters, or connecting them with other needed services.

“Cocoon House is very excited to partner with the YMCA of Snohomish County,” said Julio Cortes, Cocoon House spokesperson. This partnership will ensure that teens in crisis get immediate support and referrals to much needed services.”

The Safe Place program operates as part of Cocoon House’s Street Outreach Program which recently lost two-thirds of its funding totalling more than $230,000.

The Cocoon House Outreach Team goes into all corners of the county to find youth, help meet their basic needs and connect them with services.

For more information on Cocoon House, call 425-259-5802 or visit www.cocoonhouse.org.

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