Riteaid Kidcents Charity Profile

Safe Inc., of Schenectady
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Safe Inc., of Schenectady addresses the needs of persons between the ages of 12 and 35, who are or have been sexually exploited, at risk of sexual exploitation, or homeless. The organization’s mission is to provide outreach, counseling, referrals, and shlter for runaway, homeless, and sexually exploited youth.

There are two major programs of Safe Inc., Project Safe and Safe House. Project Safe grew out of a strong inner city concern in 1985 to do something about excessive levels of street prostitution. On a daily basis, residents, clergy and merchants saw significant numbers of teenagers walking the streets for prostitution. Project Safe developed a service method that would give each youth a way off the street. Services include counseling, outreach and crisis intervention. The program was designed for youth who wanted to exit prostitution, but were stuck in the cycle of sexual exploitation and drugs. Since the development of Project Safe, 5,000 youth have been served and the recidivism rate is less than 25% will return to the streets the first six months after Safe’s intervention. Project Safe’s sister component is “Safe House”. Safe House opened its doors in 1989 and is the only certified emergency youth shelter in Schenectady County that serves the runaway, the homeless and sexually exploited. SAFE offers temporary shelter to males and females between the ages of 16 and 20. During their stay at SAFE they work with the Clinical Staff to find more suitable long-term placements. The shelter is certified by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and is a thirty-day facility.

Joined September 2014
Schenectady, NY