Greenbriar Children’s Center is observing National Safe Place Week, which is March 19-25, this month. Safe Place is a national program that is implemented and rolled out at the community level in participating cities across the nation.
In 1996, Greenbriar established Project Safe Place, which focuses on the prevention of child abuse and neglect by partnering with local businesses to provided safe havens for children in need. Current Safe Place sites include convenience stores, fast food restaurants, grocery stores, fire and police stations, Chatham Area Transit, the public and private school systems, and recreational facilities. When a child seeks help at one of these sites, a trained volunteer or staff member responds imdiately and offers services that may include emergency shelter, individual or family counseling, or other referrals as needed. Designated sanctuaries display a recognizable black and yellow “Safe Place” sign. The Safe Place Program also includes presentations at schools and community centers to educate children about childabuse prevention and available assistance. For a full list of Greenbriar’s established Safe Places in Savannah, go to www.greenbriarchildrenscenter.org/index. php/project-safe-place.html
To commemorate this special week, Greenbriar is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Berean Missionary Baptist Association of Savannah. Nine of the association’s 52 network churches have agreed to become certified Safe Places and complete the training necessary for the designation.
Berean Association Moderator Rev. Dr. Clarence Williams Jr. sees the commitment as beneficial for the community.