Thirty years later... 400+ Safe Place accessible locations, 6000+ young people helped through life-altering crises, and many more alerted to where to get help when needed, Safe Place Program has grown to become a beacon of safety youth can turn to in their time of need.
Rewind back to the summer of 1991, Project Safe Place secured its place in Tulsa with the help of a United Way Venture Grant and a partnership with QuikTrip Corporation. The black and yellow diamond-shaped logo made its first appearance at all QuikTrip stores in the Tulsa metro area that summer.
Over the next several years, Safe Place began to spread throughout the community and introduced several new partner sites including Tulsa Fire Departments (1992), Tulsa Transit buses (1995), EMSA Ambulances (2011), Tulsa City-County Libraries (2013), and Tulsa Glassblowing School (2019).
“Safe Place is a collaborative community initiative," says Safe Place Coordinator Hanna Tacha. "It is due to the incredible support from our local Safe Place site partners and volunteer responders that our YST Safe Place program has been able to meet the needs of young people in crisis for the last 30 years.”