Urban Peak Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) are collaborating to launch a new program this December that will help more youth in crisis find a safe place sooner.
The program designates all PPLD libraries as Safe Place locations. Youth aged 15- 20 will go to a library and ask for a Safe Place. Library staff notifies Urban Peak staff who then dispatch responders to bring youth to shelter for support. This program extends the reach of Urban Peak, and creates a broader safety net to protect runaway and homeless youth from the dangerous situations they face without a safe place.
Urban Peak needs volunteers to transport youth from libraries to the shelter.
Responders would select times that they were available to be “on- call” to provide a ride from a PPLD location. Responders will only be responsible for picking clients up from nearby libraries. Responders would not be involved with assessing the client’s situation or finding a solution; responders will simply be responsible for the critical elements of providing the ride to Urban Peak and perhaps a compassionate, listening ear.
In addition to the existing volunteer orientation, Safe Place specific training will be provided. Due to this opportunity involving unsupervised client interaction, all candidates will undergo an extensive interview and application process.