Located at 2005 Ashland Ave in Toledo, Ohio, Safety Net is the only 24-hour emergency shelter for Runaway Homeless Youth (RHY) in Northwest Ohio for run away, homeless, and at-risk youth who are between the ages of 12 to 17.
It provides temporary shelter, supportive services and life skills development lessons to youth who have left home without permission of their parents or guardians, or to other homeless youth who might otherwise end up in the law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems in Lucas County (Toledo), Ohio. Safety Net is designed to increase young people’s safety, social and emotional well-being, self-sufficiency, and help them build permanent connections with families, communities, schools and other positive social networks. Youth and community members can call or text Safety Net 24 hours a day at: 419-206-0926.
Our Mission: To provide a safe place for runaway, troubled and homeless youth by providing evidence and strengths based services that provide safety and stability.
Our Core Values:
Youth ages 12-17 MAY BE ADMITTED (become a Resident) to Safety Net if they meet one or more of the following criteria:
*Custodial consent is required for minor residents who remain in the Shelter for more than twenty-four hours . Staff should try to obtain consent at admission or as soon as possible unless there are reasons to delay the contact with guardians.
While at Safety Net the youth will be provided with:
Youth will be screened within their first two days in the shelter by staff; the results of these screens will be used to inform the service planning process, including the need for further assessment. Clinical assessment for behavioral health will be provided by staff within Zepf Center’s youth services department. Youth will receive a physical health exam and medical care from the Zepf Center Youth Medical Department
Shelter staff will collaborate with the youth to develop an exit plan. Part of the exit planning process will be to ask the youth to discuss their plans for either reunification with parents/caregivers, or to consider options for a safe and stable living situation if reunification is not possible
90 days of follow-up/aftercare services will be provided for youth who receive shelter services or are provided alternative living arrangements, regardless of their length of stay in the shelter
Safety Net will provide follow-up/aftercare services as a part of Intensive Case Management and Continuum Service Linkages by:
Integrated care is the coordination of general and behavioral health care needs in an effort to treat not just the body but the mind.
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