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Alexandria Safe Place

Information on what a Safe Place is in Alexandria, how it was developed, and how to recognize a Safe Place in Alexandria.

What is a Safe Place?

  • A community program in which a local agency hosts a network of locations where youth in crisis can get immediate help
  • 24-hour access to immediate help and support for all young people in crisis
  • A network of sites and resources sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses
  • A Safety Net for youth that focuses on Intervention and Prevention

How was it Developed?

  • Developed in Louisville, KY 1982 and began to be replicated in other cities in 1987
  • Program began in response to many calls to the YMCA Shelter House from youth who did not have a way to get there after running away

How Can a “Safe Place Location” be Recognized?

  • Bright yellow and black diamond-shaped signs or decals 
  • Every official Safe Place will have this sign attached to the outside of each location

What are the Benefits of Safe Place?

  • Offers immediate help and safety
  • Creates more awareness for abused, neglected and runaway youth
  • Provides opportunities for city agencies and communities to partner
  • Law enforcement connects with youth and offer help
  • Connects our community to a national program and recognized signage of immediate help and safety
  • Displaying Safe Place signs signal a commitment to youth safety
  • Provides support to already existing services

How Does Safe Place Work for a Youth Seeking Help?

  • A youth in crisis enters a location displaying a Safe Place sign and verbally or non-verbally seeks help
  • The youth will wait in a quiet comfortable place while the site Safe Place Manager or the Alexandria Safe Place office is called
  • The assigned responder will take over and assess the youth to determine the next step
  • If necessary, the youth is transported to a youth service agency
  • Counseling and shelter services are arranged, if needed

Where are Safe Place Sites Located in Alexandria?

  • Charles Barrett Recreation Center, 1115 Martha Custis Drive, Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Chinquapin Park Recreation Center & Aquatics Facility, 3210 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302
  • Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 West Reed Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311
  • Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Nannie J. Lee Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Oswald Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Patrick Henry Recreation Center, 4643 Taney Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304
  • William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22311
  • Alexandria Fire Station #201, 317 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Alexandria Fire Station #202, 213 East Windsor Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Alexandria Fire Station #203, 2801 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, VA 22302
  • Alexandria Fire Station #204, 900 Second Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Alexandria Fire Station #205, 1210 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Alexandria Fire Station #206, 4609 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Alexandria Fire Station #207, 3301 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Alexandria Fire Station #208, 175 North Paxton Street, Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Alexandria Fire Station #209, 2800 Main Street, Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Community Lodgings, 607 Notabene Drive, Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Carpenters Shelter, 930 N. Henry St. Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Center for Alexandria's Children & Child Protective Services, 1900 N. Beauregard Street,
    Suite 200, Alexandria, VA 22311

Who Do I Contact About Safe Place Information, Presentations or Staff Trainings?

  • Contact the Alexandria Safe Place Office at 703.746.5400 or Michael Johnson, Alexandria’s National Safe Place Coordinator at or 703.746.5571.

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