Cocoon House and Everett Transit have partnered with National Safe Place and will join the more than 200 sites across the nation who strive to reduce the number of missing and exploited youth each year. Cocoon House provides housing, outreach, prevention and essential services to at-risk and homeless youth ages 13-20 throughout Snohomish County. As the lead site of the National Safe Place program in the County, Cocoon House will provide the resources for youth who are lost, scared, or without a home to get help immediately and stay out of harm’s way.
The official launch of the National Safe Place program will take place on Saturday, June 29th from 10 am to 2 pm at Cocoon’s Outreach Center Grand Opening. Cocoon House’s Outreach Center is located at 1421 Broadway in Everett and provides homeless and at-risk youth a safe place to receive case management, housing and counseling referrals, employment and education training, hot meals, clothes and hygiene supplies.
“This unique program will provide a bigger safety net for youth in crisis, giving them an immediate way out of a dangerous situation. We are thrilled to partner with Everett Transit to bring National Safe Place to Snohomish County,” said Cassie franklin CEO of Cocoon House.
Safe Place is a program that began in Kentucky in the early 80’s and is now nationwide. The program is simple. Cocoon House along with partners in the community like Everett Transit will offer youth quick access to safety and services. When a youth sees the Safe Place logo on an Everett Transit bus or building he or she will know it’s a safe place to ask for help. Personnel at these locations will have been trained in a procedure to keep the youth safe while they contact Cocoon House. Cocoon House will then send out one of our Navigators, who are available 24 hours a day seven days a week. This partnership allows the community to assist a youth in crisis quickly and Cocoon House Navigators will assist them in getting home safely, getting them to Cocoon House shelters, or connecting with other needed services.
“Everett Transit is pleased to partner with Cocoon House. Together we will help make Everett an even safer place for at risk youth,” said Tom Hingson Transportation Services Director, City of Everett.