Since her mother struggled with drug use, Sam was put into foster care. She was placed with her abusive grandmother. Sam completed the 9th grade and eventually moved into a motel with her dad and his girlfriend. After their money ran out, they camped downtown.
Sam’s dad brought her to The PLACE’s shelter because he was working overnight and said “It is not safe for her to be on the street by herself.”
We can help you find a safe and stable place to stay, and help you find your path to a self-determined life.
Upon entering our program, every young person has access to case managers who help youth identify their strengths and create a plan for exiting homelessness. Case managers are trusted adults and the key link as advocates for treatments or services that will improve a youth’s stability and health.
Physical & mental health care
Youth can receive medical and mental health service referrals. Youth also receive individualized case management to access mental health appointments and addiction recovery groups, as well as to participate in weekly healthy living classes with topics that include: hygiene, body image, nutrition and healthy cooking, suicide awareness, and sexual health. Youth must be engaged in The Place outreach, shelter or housing programs to access these services.
Family & life skills
Life skills support, including healthy living, healthy relationships, sex education and finances. Family reunification assistance is a top priority.
Our program supports youth to re-enroll in school, pursue their GED, or move toward higher education or trade certification
Youth have the opportunity to learn necessary skills for employment and gather resources to build long term self-sufficiency. Youth can work on their resumes, learn appropriate work environment behavior, and practice interview techniques. Youth must be engaged in The Place outreach, shelter or housing programs to access these services.
Youth in crisis can access safe place support by visiting any PPLD location or YMCA location in Colorado Springs, Fountain, Monument and Falcon. Youth can walk into a library or YMCA and let a staff person know they are in need of a safe place. Their staff will call The Place and we’ll send a staff or volunteer out to their location to help identify the best step forward. Youth can also text the word “SAFE” to 4HELP (44357). Within seconds, youth will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number for The Place. For immediate help youth can also reply with “2chat” to text interactively with a trained counselor.
We're here 24/7
The Place is here to serve young people every day, all year long. Do not hesitate to contact us if you are a youth (from age 15 through 24) experiencing homelessness. We may be able to help you find the roofs, resources and relationships to exit homelessness and create a self-determined, fulfilled life.
If you are 15 to 20 years old and in need of immediate overnight shelter services, please call us. Otherwise, fill out the form below and we’ll reach out in 24 hours.