National Safe Place

Young people in crisis often don’t know where to turn. For some, the streets seem a better option than the instability or violence of home, or the bullying they endure at school. But the streets are not safe. A young person with nowhere to go is a target for predators. Runaways are more likely to drop out of high school and to live in poverty. Rainbow House works to get young people off the streets and out of homelessness; a new partnership allows us to reach youth before they fall into homelessness.


National Safe Place is a program that quickly connects youth in crisis to help, through a network of local businesses designated as “Safe Places.” These resources help runaways resolve their crises and remain in a stable environment, safe from predators and with appropriate help.


TXT 4 Help
TXT 4 HELP is 24-hour text-for-support service for youth in crisis. Whether you’re dealing with family issues, neglect, abuse, thoughts of suicide or running away—whatever it may be—you can text the word SAFE and your current location to 69866. Within seconds, you’ll receive the address of the closest Safe Place location and the number for the local youth shelter. You will also have the option to text interactively with a mental health professional.


You can also call Rainbow House directly at (573) 818-8288, or click here to learn more about our Homeless Youth Program.





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