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Safety Net

Safety Net is the only shelter serving Runaway Homeless Youth in Northwest Ohio. Call or text us at any time for help, 419-206-0926.
Safety Net

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 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:

  • Integrity: Doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do
  • Diversity: Our differences are our strengths
  • Empathy: We provide a caring and peaceful environment
  • Adaptability: We meet the changing needs of our community
  • Dignity: Everyone matters
  • Family: We empower families to build safe and healthy relationships by connecting to supports
  • Respect: Everyone is treated with respect

Youth ages 12-17 may stay (become a Resident) at Safety Net if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Youth who are experiencing a family crisis to the point where safety, physical health or emotional health is at risk
  2. Youth who have runaway
  3. Youth who have been asked to leave their residence
  4. Youth who are homeless or couch hopping from place to place
  5. Youth who are stranded in the area
  6. Youth who are being physical, sexual, or emotional abused and need to get help
  7. Other situations that are a crisis for the resident (i.e. resident is lost, resident's guardians cannot be located, etc.) 

*Custodial consent is required for minor residents who remain in the Shelter for more than twenty-four hours . Staff will 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:

  • Gateway Services, providing food, shelter, clothing, transportation and hygiene-related items
  • Assessment Services and Intensive Coordinated Case Management, ensuring youth receive assistance with emotional and behavioral health challenges while developing a plan for permanency
  • Continuum Service Linkages, ensuring the ability to provide services as a community to the target population
  • Follow-up/Aftercare Services, providing three months of follow-up services to youth, including a plan for exit, permanent placement, and personal goals

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.

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.

To get contact information and directions, please text the word "safe" to 555888.


Integrated care is the coordination of general and behavioral health care needs in an effort to treat not just the body but the mind.


The Lovell Foundation of Toledo Community Foundation Awards Grant to Zepf Center

The Board of Trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant from the David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation to Zepf Center in the amount of $31,300. These funds will be used to support the Mosaic Art Project, which utilizes art as a vehicle to connect with people living with mental illness and reduce the stigma of mental illness in our community. 


Behavioral Health Crisis Survey for MHRSB of Lucas County

The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board (MHRSB) of Lucas County is seeking input from stakeholders to understand the function and quality of behavioral health crisis services in Lucas County, including crisis call lines, mobile crisis teams, psychiatric urgent care centers, peer respite centers, crisis stabilization units, and psychiatric hospitals.



Zepf Centerís Staff Overwhelmingly Ratify Contract

Zepf Center is pleased to announce the staff represented by Service Employees International Union 1199 (SEIU), overwhelmingly ratified a three-year collective bargaining agreement on June 19, 2019. The agreement merges two bargaining units and unifies the mental health and substance use disorder sides of Zepf Center under one contract.