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Testing, proms and end-of-the-year school activities are over and students are celebrating that school is out for the summer. For most, this means time for play, spending time with friends and family, or working to make some extra money. For some, however, summer break brings fear and anxiety because school is the only “safe place” they know.

A 14-year-old girl ran away from home in South Lake Tahoe this spring. It seemed that every telephone pole in town had her face on it. Many helpful citizens went out looking for her. Family and friends were worried and concerned for her safety. Luckily, she turned herself in to a Safe Place and was reunited with her family.

Tahoe Youth & Family Services works directly with schools to make sure students know what the yellow and black signs means and know to look for them if they need help. Safe Place effectively provides an avenue to help and safety to youth being abused, neglected or experiencing serious family problems. The hope is that if a crisis arises over the summer, students will know what to do and where to go, or to call the TYFS crisis line.

Outreach workers of TYFS will be at the beaches, skate parks and arcades to help remind youth of the services available to them.

There are more than 14,671 Safe Place sites in 41 states and 714 communities. Safe Place locations include convenience stores, fast food restaurants, fire stations, libraries, schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, recreation centers and other community locations. Safe Place has helped 87,328 youths at sites across the country with an additional 88,000 receiving help by calling the local Safe Place agencies.

There are more than 90 Safe Places in South Lake Tahoe.

If you are interested in being a Safe Place, call TYFS at (530) 541-2445, ext. 105, and ask for Roberta Strachan, outreach coordinator. Thank the Safe Place sites for their contribution to the community by your patronage.

Safe Place locations in the South Shore area

A.A.A., Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, Alpine County Choices for Children, Alpine County Forest Service, Alpine County Visitor Center, Blue Lake Aikido, Bookworks, Boys and Girls Club, Bradford Chiropractic, Bruce Cable, CPA, Carpenters Local 1789, CC’S Pirate Treasures, Chevron, Choices for Children, Dominos Pizza, Douglas County Library, El Dorado County Library, El Dorado County Sheriff Department, Evolution Tanning, Foster Family Service, Goodfellas Pizza, Great Outdoor Clothing Co., Holly Cook DDS, Hot Gossip, JobÐOne / Golden Sierra, Kahle Community Center, La Mexicana, Lake Tahoe Child Development Center, Lake Tahoe Community College, Lake Tahoe Pediatric, Lake Tahoe Visitor Authority, Lake Valley Fire District, Law Office of Laub & Laub, Law Office of Michael P. Hambsch, Liras Supermarket, Los Mexicanos, Magic Carpet Golf, Mary’s Drapery, McDonald’s, Melinda Choy, acupuncturist, New York Pizza, Neighbors Bookstore, Nicole M. Jane DDS, MS, PC, Nikki’s Chaat Café, Plaza Tapatia, Powder House, Reflection Eyewear, Round Table Pizza, Safeway, Side Street Boutique, Sierra Recovery Center, Sierra Shirts, Sierra Ski & Cycle Works, Skatin’ Worshippers, Sno- Flake Drive In, South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, South Tahoe High School, South Tahoe Middle School, Stir It Up, Sub Station Deli, Tahoe Bowl, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Tahoe Family Dentists, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, Tahoe Gymnastic, Tahoe Sports Ltd., Tahoe Valley Elementary School, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce, Tahoe-Douglas Fire District, The Attic, The Design Shoppe, The Dollar Queen, Thomas A. Jarrett DDS, Toy Maniacs, Tramway Market, Video Library, Village Mountain Surf & Sports.A.A.A., Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, Alpine County Choices for Children, Alpine County Forest Service, Alpine County Visitor Center, Blue Lake Aikido, Bookworks, Boys and Girls Club, Bradford Chiropractic, Bruce Cable, CPA, Carpenters Local 1789, CC’S Pirate Treasures, Chevron, Choices for Children, Dominos Pizza, Douglas County Library, El Dorado County Library, El Dorado County Sheriff Department, Evolution Tanning, Foster Family Service, Goodfellas Pizza, Great Outdoor Clothing Co., Holly Cook DDS, Hot Gossip, JobÐOne / Golden Sierra, Kahle Community Center, La Mexicana, Lake Tahoe Child Development Center, Lake Tahoe Community College, Lake Tahoe Pediatric, Lake Tahoe Visitor Authority, Lake Valley Fire District, Law Office of Laub & Laub, Law Office of Michael P. Hambsch, Liras Supermarket, Los Mexicanos, Magic Carpet Golf, Mary’s Drapery, McDonald’s, Melinda Choy, acupuncturist, New York Pizza, Neighbors Bookstore, Nicole M. Jane DDS, MS, PC, Nikki’s Chaat Café, Plaza Tapatia, Powder House, Reflection Eyewear, Round Table Pizza, Safeway, Side Street Boutique, Sierra Recovery Center, Sierra Shirts, Sierra Ski & Cycle Works, Skatin’ Worshippers, Sno- Flake Drive In, South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, South Lake Tahoe Recreation Complex, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, South Tahoe High School, South Tahoe Middle School, Stir It Up, Sub Station Deli, Tahoe Bowl, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Tahoe Family Dentists, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, Tahoe Gymnastic, Tahoe Sports Ltd., Tahoe Valley Elementary School, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce, Tahoe-Douglas Fire District, The Attic, The Design Shoppe, The Dollar Queen, Thomas A. Jarrett DDS, Toy Maniacs, Tramway Market, Video Library, Village Mountain Surf & Sports.


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